Jan 22, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) runs during the second quarter of a NFC divisional round game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
No matter how you look at it, this Dallas Cowboys team doesn’t have many holes. It is hard to decipher what Dallas is looking for because every mock draft is different, and rumors are a bit quiet because they pick later in the first round.
With that said, Dallas needs to have one priority during the NFL Draft. It has to figure out how to make this offense more explosive. So far in the offseason, the Cowboys have been bold and aggressive in trying to fix that issue.
Dallas parted ways with Kellen Moore. He didn’t agree philosophically with Mike McCarthy. Bold. They traded for a veteran receiver in Brandin Cooks who regularly records more than 1,000 receiving yards. Aggressive. The move that stood out the most to fans was the release of beloved running back Ezekiel Elliott. Although some of that love has faded during the past few years, there are still plenty of Elliott jerseys walking around Jerry World every game.
All of these moves have a similar theme. Virtually every excuse people come up with for Dak Prescott has been traded, fired, or cut. It’s on him now, and it’s on the Cowboys to make sure that Dak doesn’t have any more excuses.
Prescott put up arguably the worst season of his career, leading the league in interceptions with 15 despite missing five games early in the year. Dak’s arm never looked right, and the ball never found itself in the right spot. Many suggested that the issues were Kellen Moore’s playcalling, receivers failing to get open, and Zeke being out of gas. Fired. Acquired. Cut. There’s nothing left.
That’s what the Cowboys will look to accomplish during the draft. According to ESPN, the Cowboys are rumored to be targeting an offensive weapon early in the draft at any position. Rumors have been circling that they really like Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid, who is perceived by many as the top player at his position, along with Notre Dame’s Michael Mayer. They have hosted several wide receivers on top-30 visits, including TCU’s Quentin Johnston and Boston College’s Zay Flowers.
In my eyes, all of this can go straight in the trash if Texas running back Bijan Robinson is on the board when the Cowboys have to make their selection. Robinson is the clear top back in this year’s class, and he played just down the road from Dallas last season. He totaled 1,580 yards on the ground last season, averaging 6.1 yards per carry with 18 touchdowns. The kid is a stud, and it wouldn’t be a shock to anyone if he’s taken as early as No. 10. On top of that, Tony Pollard is coming off of a fractured fibula and a high ankle sprain, so carrying a high-level back should prove beneficial.
Most Cowboys fans can agree that when Dallas traded Amari Cooper to Cleveland for virtually nothing, it was a confusing mistake. Statistically, Dak was twice as effective with Cooper than without him. The Cowboys seem to have made up for that somewhat with the acquisition of Cooks, but the problem lies beyond the wide receiver position.
Dak gets paid roughly $40 million per year. At some point, your very expensive quarterback needs to be able to handle things not being perfect all the time. Dallas traded Amari Cooper, but with a quarterback that expensive, it shouldn’t have impacted the offense as much as it did. Now, Dallas is in a position where it can put together a roster that does not have a weakness offensively. It’s up to Dak to make it work.
So be prepared for the Cowboys to continue to be bold and aggressive in the draft. They made their frustrations heard after the loss to San Francisco in the playoffs last season, and they’ve acted on it by being bolder than usual. Expect the Cowboys to continue to voice their frustrations by drafting talent that undeniably gives their highly-priced quarterback zero excuses to fail.