LAS VEGAS (Silver Star Nation) – The 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone, and with only the signature of exhausted free agents left, the Dallas Cowboys have addressed several needs and found future starters with their nine picks.
If you missed any of the Silver Star Nations draft coverage, here’s a quick summary of the Cowboys picks on Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30.
Round 1, Election 24 – Tyler Smith, OG, Tulsa
Round 2, Election 56 – Sam Williams, EDGE, Ole Miss
Round 3, Election 88 – Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
Round 4, Election 129 – Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin
Round 5, Election 155 – Matt Waletzko, OT, North Dakota
Round 5, Election 167 – DaRon Bland, CB, Fresno State
Round 5, Election 176 – Damone Clark, LB, LSU
Round 5, Election 178 – John Ridgeway, DT, Arkansas
Round 6, Election 193 – Devin Harper, LB, Oklahoma State
Smith appears to be filling a gap on the left guard right away, hoping to become the left tackle of the future. An election in the first round seems early, but he is loved by several teams and was a hit at his Day 1 press conference. He has Tyron Smith on his head if his development falls out.
Williams has incredible speed in terms of his size and was fantastic in his final season with Ole Miss. He has some off-the-pitch concerns, but is a tenacious pass-rusher who could make an impact in his rookie season.
Tolbert fills a hole in the receiver core. He broke record books in South Alabama and expects to become a solid starter in the NFL.
Ferguson is a prolific pass catcher, a good blocker and a natural leader who is not afraid to get in the face of his teammates. Sounds like all the other former Cowboys’ tight ends you might know?
He is 6’7 “and 321 pounds with fast feet and the potential to be a starter. He does not have a wealth of experience outside of the left tackle position, but with coaching he can become a dangerous line player.
Bland is a lockdown corner with good instincts and fast feet. The competition is at a different level in the NFL, but Dan Quinn is a defensive back whisperer. He may become an effects player before too long.
Clark would be considered the stealer of the draft, if not for an injury that will keep him out of his rookie year. He has talent in the second round and was a finalist for the Butkus Award at LSU in 2021.
Ridgeway is a running-stopping nose-tackle who will be a key player on the Cowboys’ defensive line. He’s not a big pass-rusher, but he’s an elite runner, something the Cowboys desperately need.
Harper plans to become a sub-pack of nickel linebackers who will influence special teams. He is not a starter, but adds great value in a sixth round and adds depth to the linebacking core.
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