Dallas came up with a giant donut to represent the number of times they sacked Jimmy Garoppolo in their wildcard loss at home to San Francisco. On top of that, the Cowboys allowed the Niners to convert nearly 50 percent on third downs. That’s going to be a losing formula almost every time. Add to that the heartbreak of fumbling the Gregory signing, and Dallas desperately needs another edge rusher. A highly-rated young defensive tackle would also suffice, but Dallas should be selecting one if not two edge rushers at some point in this draft.


CBS Sports draft analyst Josh Edwards sees Jerry Jones opting for edge rusher out of Purdue, George Karlaftis. Another mock draft has the Cowboys taking DT Jordan Davis from Georgia. Davis should be a Week 1 starter no matter where he lands in the draft. Just go back and watch some of his game clips from Georgia. Should Davis last this long into the draft, I think the Jones family should jump at the opportunity to draft this kid.

3. Linebacker

Jones and the Cowboys got lucky when they drafted Micah Parsons in last year’s draft with the 12th overall pick. The team was looking toward drafting a cornerback before the top two corners in that draft class were snatched off the board right before their pick came around. So, Dallas traded two spots back, and Parsons was there waiting. Parsons was selected to the Pro Bowl, named All-Pro, and took home Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.


Now the Cowboys should look to add another athletic, rangy linebacker to pair with Parsons. Jabril Cox was also drafted last year and was having a great rookie campaign until he suffered a torn ACL halfway through the season. Hopefully, he can return to the form we saw in seven games during his rookie season.

So, the Cowboys need to be ready. Leighton Vander Esch is still on the roster, but Cox was already stealing snaps from before the ACL injury derailed him. Nakobe Dean, another Georgia Bulldog, could be around for Dallas around pick 24 if they decide to go that route over a pass rusher or offensive linemen. Devin Lloyd out of Utah is another option for the Cowboys at linebacker who could be available when they pick.


Whether it’s the O-line, D-line, or linebacker position, a player that fits the criteria needs to be Dallas’ first pick in the 2022 draft. Jerry can be easily distracted by shiny things, like receivers, but not this time, hopefully. In this draft, a player from each of these position groups should be selected by Dallas.

Yes, there are other needs like a reliable, consistent kicker, but they should be able to find one later. And, of course, I’m aware that Jones will draft a receiver with one of their picks. He just can’t help himself. All we can hope is that Jones at least waits until the fourth round or later to do so.