NFL Draft Analyst Ian Cummings Sends Jonathon Brooks to Cowboys in Latest Mock Draft

In his latest mock draft, Pro Football Network NFL Draft Analyst Ian Cummings sees the Dallas Cowboys adding early OL and RB help.

The Dallas Cowboys were the NFL‘s least active team during free agency, which sets them up with plenty of remaining needs to fill in next week’s 2024 NFL Draft.

In his latest seven-round 2024 NFL Mock Draft, PFN Draft Analyst Ian Cummings has the Cowboys addressing myriad areas of concern. Which prospect is Cummings sending to Dallas in Round 1?

Dallas Cowboys 2024 NFL Draft Picks

The Cowboys traded their original fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-round picks to acquire QB Trey Lance and WR Brandin Cooks and move up in last year’s draft.

Dallas received fifth- and sixth-round compensatory selections and owns the Las Vegas Raiders’ seventh-rounder, which the Cowboys acquired in a 2022 pick swap that netted them DT Johnathan Hankins.

  • Round 1, Pick 24: Graham Barton, iOL, Duke
  • Round 2, Pick 56: Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas
  • Round 3, Pick 87: Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M
  • Round 5, Pick 174: Evan Anderson, DT, FAU
  • Round 6, Pick 216: Tejhaun Palmer, WR, UAB
  • Round 7, Pick 233 (from LV): Mike Edwards, OT, Campbell
  • Round 7, Pick 244: Tavion McCarthy, CB, Mercer

Dallas Cowboys 7-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft

Round 1, Pick 24: Graham Barton, iOL, Duke

While the Cowboys have plenty of holes, none are more significant than the gaps along the club’s once uber-elite offensive line.

Left tackle Tyron Smith and center Tyler Biadasz are gone, creating two massive voids up front. Tyler Smith, an All-Pro left guard in 2023, can also play left tackle, giving Dallas flexibility if it drafts another lineman.

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Cummings sees the Cowboys adding another versatile blocker in Graham Barton, who played left tackle and center at Duke. He might be able to line up anywhere in the pros, but Dallas would likely play him at center, where the 6’5″, 313-pounder could eventually become an upgrade over Biadasz.

Round 2, Pick 56: Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas

The Cowboys are still trying to figure out their RB depth chart after losing Tony Pollard to the Tennessee Titans. Dallas re-signed Rico Dowdle, added Royce Freeman, and still has Deuce Vaughn and Malik Davis, but it needs to add another option to its backfield.

Although Jonathon Brooks tore his ACL in November, he’s expected to be ready for training camp. The No. 2 RB prospect on PFN’s Big Board (after Florida State’s Trey Benson), Brooks averaged 6.1 yards per carry and scored 10 rushing touchdowns before going down with an injury in 2023. He’d immediately become Dallas’ RB1.

Round 3, Pick 87: Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M

Leighton Vander Esch retired this offseason, while Markquese Bell is returning to safety after spending most of his time at linebacker in 2023.

The Cowboys still have Damone Clark and Eric Kendricks at the second level, but Kendricks is 32 years old and has dealt with injury issues in nearly every season of his nine-year NFL run.

Edgerrin Cooper has the angle instincts, closing burst, and block deconstruction ability to give Dallas a facelift at LB,” Cummings writes in his mock draft. Cooper, who will turn 23 in November, was a consensus All-American for the Aggies last season.

Round 5, Pick 174: Evan Anderson, DT, FAU

After losing Johnathan Hankins in free agency, the Cowboys hope Evan Anderson can become a one-for-one replacement at nose tackle. He certainly has the size at 6’1″ and 320 pounds. The level of competition will be a concern for the Florida Atlantic product, but Anderson is worth the risk as a Day 3 A-gap plugger.

Round 6, Pick 216: Tejhaun Palmer, WR, UAB

CeeDee Lamb will be Dallas’ long-term WR1 (assuming he ultimately inks an extension), but the Cowboys need a young WR2. Dallas released Michael Gallup this offseason, while Cooks turns 31 in September and is entering a contract year.

Tejhaun Palmer hauled in 47 catches at 18.3 yards per clip during his final season at UAB, then tested in the 95th percentile during the pre-draft process. He’s inside/outside versatile, having spent roughly a third of his snaps in the slot in 2023.

Round 6, Pick 233: Mike Edwards, OT, Campbell

Dallas found its long-term center by drafting Barton in Round 1. However, the Cowboys can stand to add a developmental tackle in the later rounds, especially if they don’t plan to shift Tyler Smith from left guard to left tackle.

Mike Edwards, a Wake Forest transfer, is worth a shot in the sixth round. While he dealt with injuries before heading to Campbell, Edwards offers massive size at 6’7″ and 355 pounds.

Round 7, Pick 244: Tavion McCarthy, CB, Mercer

If the Cowboys want to take a chance on pure athleticism near the end of the draft, Tavion McCarthy might be their guy. The 5’9″ McCarthy wowed with a 44″ inch vertical jump in March, perhaps putting him on more NFL teams’ radars.

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Viewed as a solid run defender who would line up as a nickel corner in the NFL, McCarthy could compete with Cowboys holdover Jourdan Lewis for slot duties.

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