Draft season is a never-ending 24-hour, 365-day process. While both the NFL and college football aren’t even halfway there in 2022, draft season may still be here. therefore, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep an eye on the next class of the 2023 draft.
Paying attention to the potential prospects the Dallas Cowboys could target in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft makes watching college football even more interesting. Knowing what Dallas’s potential draft “needs” are next year now that we’re a few games away from the 2022 season helps narrow down some of your potential targets.
With that in mind, we took a look around the internet to get an idea of who the Dallas Cowboys’ early favorites might be and what positions they might target. After all, it’s never too early to start preparing for the future, even if it seems too early to do so. Let’s take a look at some of the first-round favorites so far for the Cowboys.
professional soccer net (ian cummings)
20) dallas cowboys: rice rashee, wr, smu
it’s poetic: one of dallas’ biggest stars joins the dallas cowboys. but we promise we’re not just doing it for the style points. Rashee rice is the first-round candidate that few talk about as such. he has the talent to earn a place in that conversation, and it’s especially true with the lack of production at the top of the wr class.
at 6’2″, 203lbs, with arms longer than 33″, the rice is big on size. he is also explosive, nervous and energetic as an athlete. the best trait of him, however, is the absolute alpha ability of him at the point of capture. he is one of the most instinctive playmakers in the 2023 nfl draft.
a first round wr? unlikely, but we said the same thing about ceedee lamb when dallas seemed very focused on the position. perhaps the same is true for rice rashee if he is the highest ranked player on your board.
professional soccer focus (michael renner)
19. dallas cowboys: edge jared verse, state of florida
verse is another transfer from the florida state defensive end moving up to the first round. He carries some serious juice at 6-foot-4 and 248 pounds, and his slump is right up there with Will Anderson’s. he has earned him an 89.8 rushing rating already this season after he transferred from albany. putting him in front of micah parsons would be unfair to opposing tackles.
Dallas has double-dipped in consecutive years by recruiting cutting-edge running backs Sam Williams and Chauncey Gholston, however this is a premium position that could convince them to pull the trigger three years in a row.
the network project (brentley weissman)
19. dallas cowboys
peter skoronski ot, northwest
connor mcgovern has an expiring contract at left guard and dallas desperately needs to beef up their offensive line. Peter Skoronski is a versatile player who can play tackle or guard. with the cowboys he will slip inside the next tyler smith and fortify the left side of this front.
27. dallas cowboys: peter skoronski, ot/g, northwest
the cowboys can’t count on tyron smith anymore because he gets hurt all the time.
peter skoronski is an athletic tackle who has kept his quarterback clean. he can also play center.
election change: formerly kayshon boutte, wr
This is a prediction that makes a lot of sense on several levels. The Cowboys love the versatility of their offensive lineman and likely have a void to fill at left guard. skoronski’s positional flexibility to play the above five positions might be too good to pass up.
cbs sports(josh edwards)
round 1 – choose 21
michael mayer te, notre dame • jr • 6’4″/265 lbs
dallas has dalton schultz playing on a franchise tag, and his play may make the team doubtful of a long-term extension. mayer gives the cowboys what they want from the position in terms of blocking and receiving, while also being a more profitable option going forward.
dalton schultz’s future in dallas may not extend beyond the 2022 season, but the cowboys have two young prospects in jake ferguson and peyton hendershot. therefore, and the place value of te in the first round, this selection seems unlikely.
21. dallas cowboys | illinois cb devon witherspoon
while many wrote off the cowboys after dak prescott’s injury in week one, team usa has done more than just stay afloat. With Cooper Rush at the helm, the five-year veteran’s efficient play and sheer dominance of this defense have caught Dallas’ attention, and if that doesn’t excite you, just listen to Michael Irvin to get excited.
Still, looking ahead to next year’s draft, there are some positions of need that are starting to become clear. offense is where most of those needs reside, but we can’t completely ignore defense. We’ve got a corner in this mock draft, and that would probably be the only defensive position Dallas would consider in the first round. Yes, Trevon Diggs is off to an incredible start to his career with 16 interceptions and 44 passes defensed in his first 25 games. However, Anthony Brown is in the final year of his contract and Jourdan Lewis will be in the same boat next season.
while daron bland has been a pleasant surprise as a last round pick, nashon wright’s reach in 2021 has been an unmitigated disaster (as many predicted, including me) and lack of development and decisions off the field of kelvin joseph have led to questions about his future as well. Yeah, the offense still needs more help, but I wouldn’t recommend the Cowboys approaching the need in the first round for the second year in a row instead of their usual stance of shooting for the best value.
~austin smith, drafttek senior analyst
pull wire (luke easterling)
23. dallas cowboys | oregon cb christian gonzalez
trevon diggs is obviously one of the best playmaking corners in the nfl right now, but if opposing quarterbacks want to avoid him, they can find success on the other side of the field. Gonzalez is enjoying a breakout season after transferring from Colorado, and has the size, length, and athleticism to be a perfect match for Diggs.
27. dallas cowboys
joey porter jr. cb | state of pennsylvania
6’2″, 191 lbs
Apart from Trevon Diggs and possibly Daron Soso, there is a lot of uncertainty in CB for the Cowboys after the 2022 season. Which is why any of the three CBs mentioned above could end up becoming Dallas’ first-round pick in 2023.