A lot of things could fall the way of the Dallas Cowboys in a 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft. As we go through their draft haul in our final mock draft, some things go their way. But they also make their own luck by ensuring they get a player they covet via trade. Here’s Dallas’ potential projected haul in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Dallas Cowboys 2022 7-Round Mock Draft
Here are projections of every pick the Dallas Cowboys could make within a 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft with the Pro Football Network staff as the general manager. This is what we would do with the picks after the board shook out while doing a full 7-round, 32-team mock draft.
Round 1, Pick 24: Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
Finding an upgrade at tackle or guard is a big need in this draft for the Dallas Cowboys. With the right tackle prospects just off the Day 1 big board, Kenyon Green is the pick. Green has solid fundamentals and terrific versatility to play either interior line position. Placing him next to Tyler Biadasz and Zack Martin is almost a dream pairing for Green.
Other players in consideration: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan; George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue; Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
Round 2, Pick 56: Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State
After passing on some of the top receivers in Round 1 due to Green’s availability, the Cowboys make the move for a receiver here. Khalil Shakir — someone Dallas OC Kellen Moore should be familiar with — is a terrific addition to Big D. He can get open at the line of scrimmage or anywhere else along his route tree. Even with Simi Fehoko factoring into the wide receiving corps this season, the current Cowboys unit lacks someone with Shakir’s separation at the line of scrimmage.
Other players in consideration: Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech; Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State; Sam Williams, EDGE, Ole Miss
Round 3, Pick 88: Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati
Getting younger and bigger on the defensive front, Myjai Sanders heads to Dallas here. Sanders is a dominant pass rusher and can easily move all along the defensive line. He’ll quickly make his presence felt in the backfield, but his run-defense skills are nothing to scoff at either.
Other players in consideration: Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State; Chris Hinton, DT, Michigan; Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
Round 4, Pick 129: JoJo Domann, LB, Nebraska
Call JoJo Domann more than a linebacker — the hybrid player can cover with the best of them, rush the passer with ease, and stuff the run incredibly well. He’s athletic and fully versed in a variety of defensive schemes. Domann, a legacy NFL player, should fit right into today’s professional football.
Other players in consideration: Jerreth Sterns, WR, Western Kentucky; Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada; Brian Asamoah, LB, Oklahoma
Round 5, Pick 155 (from CLE): Matthew Butler, DT, Tennessee
As mentioned, getting bigger on the interior of their defensive line should be a priority for Dallas. As a talented, experienced mover of bodies in the middle, Matthew Butler affords them that luxury. Butler, who improved annually, has a great first step and offers versatility to line up as far out wide as a 7-tech in the Cowboys’ front.
Other players in consideration: Ellis Brooks, LB, Penn State; Jesse Luketa, LB, Penn State; Matt Henningsen, DT, Wisconsin
Round 5, Pick 164 (from NE via LV): Damone Clark, LB, LSU
Trade: The Cowboys trade pick No. 167 in 2022 and a 2023 seventh-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for Las Vegas’ pick No. 164.
Moving up three spots, the Cowboys make the move on a potential game-changing linebacker who, at one point, had first-round hype. Damone Clark had spinal fusion surgery and will miss the entire 2022 season. If he does return to the form that he showcased at LSU, this pick becomes a success. It’s worth it to move above the Raiders who themselves appeared to be targeting a linebacker with this selection.
Other players in consideration: Leon O’Neal Jr., S, Texas A&M; Tay Martin, WR, Oklahoma State; Zakoby McClain, LB, Auburn
Round 5, Pick 176 (compensatory selection): Quentin Lake, S, UCLA
The Cowboys are no strangers to versatile playmakers on defense. Grabbing Quentin Lake isn’t quite that same versatile move, but it’s one that allows their versatile players already on the roster that luxury. Lake is a terrific coverage safety who has no lapse in run defense. He’ll thrive in a true free safety role that allows him to use his game speed and terrific instincts.
Other players in consideration: William Dunkle, G, San Diego State; Justin Shaffer, G, Georgia; Danny Gray, WR, SMU
Round 5, Pick 178 (compensatory selection): Luke Tenuta, OT, Virginia Tech
Luke Tenuta looked incredibly comfortable playing right tackle at the 2022 East-West Shrine Bowl. Given a year at the position, there’s even a belief that he could be an upgrade over Terence Steele as soon as 2023. Tenuta is tenacious and has an attitude that breeds success. That is without even mentioning his on-field skill, which is terrific.
Other players in consideration: Micheal Clemons, EDGE, Texas A&M; Spencer Burford, OT, UTSA; Matt Waletzko, OT, North Dakota
Round 6, Pick 193 (from CLE): Reggie Roberson Jr., WR, SMU
Another receiver for the Cowboys, this time Reggie Roberson Jr. from nearby SMU. Roberson has great long speed and, similar to Shakir, can shake free of his route at any point. One half of the fabulous pair at SMU, Roberson’s yards-after-the-catch ability and freedom to line up anywhere on offense should pay dividends early in his career.
Other players in consideration: Samori Toure, WR, Nebraska; Josh Johnson, WR, Tulsa; Jaivon Heiligh, WR, Coastal Carolina