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We are just a week away from the 2024 NFL Draft kicking off, and the Cowboys have held true to their plans to not make any sweeping moves in free agency. The closest they’ve come to filling a hole on the roster is the singing of Eric Kendricks at linebacker

Jerry Jones has vaguely implied that Tyler Smith will move to left tackle from the guard spot where he just earned All Pro honors. Even then, the Cowboys fill one hole but open another at left guard. That comes alongside the center spot, left vacant with Tyler Biadasz signing with the Commanders.

 

Beyond the offensive line, the Cowboys are still in the market for a running back, another linebacker, and a defensive tackle. They’re also in need of added depth at the edge rushing spots and at receiver, while cornerback could also be a sneaky need. There is also the issue of the quarterback position’s future so long as Dak Prescott goes without a contract extension.

 

With only seven draft picks this year, and only three of them in the top 150, the Cowboys would need a miraculous stroke of luck to fill all these holes through the draft. The odds of finding seven key contributors with seven draft picks are extremely low. Even the first-round pick, at 24th overall, is no guarantee of instant success. Take a look at the 24th overall pick from the last ten drafts:

Obviously there are a lot of nuances to grading a player’s contributions, and just looking at how many games were started as a rookie doesn’t paint the full picture. But the Cowboys pretty much need their first-rounder to be a reliable starter in 2024.

In looking at the last ten picks at this spot, it’s a mixed bag of results. Only two players started every game as a rookie, and one was Tyler Smith. The other was Najee Harris, a running back that was drafted with the express intention of making him the workhorse back in the Steelers offense. The same goes for Josh Jacobs, who had the second-most games started as a rookie. Behind him, D.J. Moore started 10 games for the Panthers and turned out to be a top 10 receiver in the league.

 

However, six of these players started less than half the season as a rookie, with three of them never even logging a start in their rookie year. Additionally, three of these players are no longer in the league, which isn’t the kind of timeline you want in a first-round pick.

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