Dallas Cowboys 2024 Mock Draft: Troy Fautanu, Byron Murphy II Helps Dallas Build Up Front

After falling short in the 2023 season, the Dallas Cowboys look to use their five picks in the 2024 NFL Draft to help get them to the Super Bowl.

It’s another season where the Dallas Cowboys perform well in the playoffs but are not able to finish the job. After a 12-5 record in the regular season, the team is now entering the offseason wondering what needs to be added to the team to get them to the Super Bowl.

Adding some top talent from the 2024 NFL Draft should add depth to the roster.

Dallas Cowboys 2024 NFL Draft

It’s a light load for the Cowboys during the NFL Draft this year, as they only hold five picks. Dallas does have at least one pick in the first three rounds but does not have their fourth pick until the seventh round where they have two in the round.

  • Round 1, Pick 30: Troy Fautanu, G, Washington
  • Round 2, Pick 62: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas
  • Round 3, Pick 93: Delmar Glaze, OT, Maryland
  • Round 7, Pick 205: Jaden Davis, CB, Miami (FL)
  • Round 7, Pick 222: Tatum Bethune, LB, Florida State

Dallas Cowboys 7-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft

The Cowboys will be taking a massive hit in free agency on the offensive line and defensive line. Seven of their 14 pending free agents are on the offensive or defensive line.

With not a lot of picks to use, the Cowboys should have more of a focus on the lines to add some strength and to get younger with older players like 33-year-old Tyron Smith entering free agency.

Round 1, Pick 30: Troy Fautanu, G, Washington

The Washington Huskies had a magical run to the national championship game, and guard Troy Fautanu was a big reason for it. Fautanu finished the season as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection and will become the last player to win the Morris Trophy for best offensive and defensive lineman in the conference.

Smith is entering free agency at 33 and is injury-prone, which would make it an interesting conversation for the team to decide whether to bring him back. 2022 first-round pick Tyler Smith filled in for Tyron at left tackle when he was injured so Dallas could move Tyler to left tackle, and Fautanu would move to left guard.

Round 2, Pick 62: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

At 308 pounds, Byron Murphy proved to not only be a disrupter in the middle of the line, but he can get to the quarterback as well. Murphy recorded a career-high in tackles (29) and sacks (five). He was named as a first-team Big 12 selection and named Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Cowboys defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins and Neville Gallimore are entering free agency. It has been a position of need for Dallas, with the unit struggling to stop the run consistently. Murphy could jump in and fill in a need while also helping in pass-rushing third-down situations.

Round 3, Pick 93: Delmar Glaze, OT, Maryland

Maryland’s top offensive lineman, left tackle Delmar Glaze, performed well this past season. Glaze would finish the season with third-team All-Big Ten honors and will be taking a trip to the Senior Bowl.

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Tyron Smith and Chuma Edoga are the two tackles entering free agency. Glaze may need some development in his play, but he would make for a good depth player on the offensive line who could eventually earn a starting spot.

Round 7, Pick 205: Jaden Davis, CB, Miami (FL)

After four seasons with the Oklahoma Sooners, Jaden Davis played this past season with the Miami Hurricanes, putting up career numbers. Davis finished the season with 42 tackles, four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and one interception.

While Davis has a high football IQ, the major concern with Davis is he is undersized and could have issues against NFL wide receivers. Dallas could develop him into a nickel corner and would be able to make an impact on special teams.

Round 7, Pick 222: Tatum Bethune, LB, Florida State

Tatum Bethune spent the last two seasons at Florida State after his first three years in college at UCF. Bethune finished the 2023 year with 71 tackles, three pass deflections, and one interception. He was named as a third-team All-ACC selection.

The Cowboys don’t carry many linebackers and have seen the position move around with injuries, with Leighton Vander Esch, whose career is in question after his neck injury in November. Dallas will look in free agency to potentially fill the role, but if Vander Esch returns, Bethune would make for a good backup behind him, at least for his rookie season.

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