NFL free agency is in its later stages, which means the Draft is just around the corner. The Dallas Cowboys won 12 games and saw a lot of internal improvement, despite missing out on the Super Bowl. What’s even more encouraging is that Dallas is set up for an equally bright future. But looking ahead, what draft picks do the Cowboys have in 2023 and 2024?
Here’s a look at Dallas’ upcoming picks in the 2023 and 2024 drafts, as well as a breakdown of their needs entering this spring’s draft. This is updated with the Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore trades.
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What Picks Do The Cowboys Have in The 2023 NFL Draft? (March 28, 2023)
- 1st Round (26th overall)
- 2nd Round (59th overall)
- 3rd Round (91st overall)
- 4th Round (130th overall)
- 5th Round – (169th overall, comp pick)
- 6th Round – (212th overall, comp pick)
- 7th Round – (247th overall)
With seven picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, including three compensatory draft picks, the Cowboys have plenty of options. They could sit still and employ a best player available approach, or they could maneuver and package their picks to move up for an impact player they fall in love with. And we all know Jerry Jones won’t be afraid to get aggressive if there’s a player the organization loves.
What Picks Do The Cowboys Have in the 2024 NFL Draft?
- 1st Round
- 2nd Round
- 3rd Round
- 4th Round
- 5th Round
- 7th Round
The Cowboys currently possess all but their sixth rounder in 2024, which they sent to Houston for Brandin Cooks. Should the Cowboys attempt to move up in the first round of the 2023 draft, they may have to dip into their 2024 picks depending on how far they try to move up. Having that flexibility in your back pocket is always nice to have.
What Do The Cowboys Need in the 2023 NFL Draft?
The Cowboys obviously don’t have many glaring needs on their roster. However, one area Dallas could look to target in the 2023 draft is the secondary. The Cowboys have a No. 1 cornerback in Trevon Diggs, but lack depth behind him. Dallas’ stout front seven has been undermined by a secondary that struggled down the stretch against the league’s stronger passing games. Expect cornerback and safety to be primary positions of need.
Fortunately for Dallas, cornerback looks to be one of the deepest positions in this year’s draft class. There are 12 cornerbacks in Pro Football Focus’ top 100 draft prospects. CBS lists eight corners inside their top 40 overall prospects. Safety isn’t quite as stocked with upper-echelon talent, but there’s depth to this year’s class in the later rounds.
Another area Dallas could target is wide receiver. CeeDee Lamb is a stud and put up 1,359 yards. But like cornerback, the Cowboys lack much depth on the perimeter of their offense. Noah Brown was the next leading wide receiver at 555 yards, followed by Michael Gallup with 424 yards in 14 games. The next best wide receiver was T.Y. Hilton, who played just three games with the team during the regular season.
With Dalton Schultz likely to leave via free agency, Dallas needs to supply Dak Prescott with better weapons. The 2023 receiving class is once again a deep one, but it lacks the top-tier playmakers that we’ve seen in past years. The top three prospects are Jordan Addison, Quentin Johnston and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who missed most of the 2022 season with injuries.
Dallas also could look to add help within the trenches on both sides of the ball, as well as at linebacker.
Could Dallas Bring in a Texas Product?
Running back Bijan Robinson is the highest profile running back prospect in the 2023 class. Naturally, the University of Texas prospect will probably be linked to Dallas throughout the draft season. And according to the Bijan Robinson draft odds, he could be Dallas-bound.
On the surface, this seems somewhat irrational. But it might not be all that far-fetched, as running back could quickly become a need for the Cowboys. They signed Ronald Jones to go along. with Tony Pollard, but Jerry Jones has shown he’s willing to invest in the position.
Robinson has the makings of a featured back, and adding a local product would surely go over well with the fan base. However, Dallas may not have the luxury of waiting until Round 2 to draft him.
There’s also more trepidation than ever before about investing first round picks in tailbacks. And Elliott is the latest example of what can go wrong when you commit too much to a running back.
Even more concerning is Robinson’s collegiate workload. The 220-pound back recorded 599 touches in three seasons with the Longhorns. Elliott touched the ball 640 times during his Ohio State tenure.
Drafting Robinson might be the splashy move, but Elliott’s situation should serve as a cautionary tale for Cowboys brass.