The Dallas Cowboys have completed their free agency wish list and are primed for a best-player-available approach to the NFL Draft.
The Dallas Cowboys were more aggressive in free agency this offseason than they have been in years, signing many of their own while adding a couple of immediate-impact veterans. The signings of Donovan Wilson, Leighton Vander-Esch, and Jonathan Hankins along with the trade for veteran cornerback and former defensive player of the year Stephon Gilmore should elevate a defense that was already among the leagues best in 2022. Add in Brandin Cooks on offense and the Cowboys have done a nice job setting themselves up for the draft.
When it comes to identifying potential prospects the Cowboys may favor come draft time, one key indicator is the list of top-30 visits. Jerry Jones & Co. love to draft from the list of players they have more in-depth visits and workouts with. This draft will include prospects that are on the official Cowboys list.
26th overall: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
A healthy debate has risen over the past decade regarding the running back position and the value it presents in the draft. Many will argue against the on-again, off-again trend of drafting a running back in the top-10 and are certainly justified. However, the argument weakens as the draft progresses. While value lies in the eye of the beholder, a stronger case can be made for a player who does more than just run the football. A player who can impact the game in a variety of ways will justify being drafted at nearly any point.
This is exactly the case to be made for the Cowboys to draft Bijan Robinson. While many will argue it doesn’t carry the same value as other positions, especially considering the depth in this class, Bijan is a totally different duck. He’s a complete player in every sense of the word, displaying capability as both an inside and outside runner. He demonstrates both physicality and finesse, breaking tackles and avoiding them altogether. His ability as a pass catcher only ensures he’ll see a high number of touches. Overall, Robinson presents an opportunity for the Cowboys to strengthen their focus on the ground game and provide better balance to the offense. Robinson has the potential to be an elite player very early in his career.