Even still, it’s interesting to hear the Cowboys owner and general manager being asked about his team’s biggest draft needs — and answered quite candidly. And to hear it from Jerry Jones, the answer is pretty obvious.
“I think I wouldn’t miss a great opportunity with a pass rusher,” Jones said Monday at the 2022 NFL Annual Meetings. “Obviously, I’d like to have a young offensive lineman in the positions where you could immediately come in and play.”
That seems about right, judging by the Cowboys’ roster so far. To be fair, this free agency signing period isn’t quite over, and the front office could still add stuff next month. But with Randy Gregory leaving for Denver and Connor Williams and La’el Collins departing in recent weeks, both of those positions could be strengthened in the draft.
Along with the receiver, the offensive line stands out a bit more than most positions right now. The Cowboys at least addressed the defensive end by signing Dante Fowler Jr. and Dorance Armstrong. As of this writing, the losses to Williams and Collins have yet to be addressed – which is why Jones was specifically asked about drafting an offensive lineman with a Top 100 pick this year. .
“Famous Last Words: We’ll get one unless Lamb or Parsons are here,” Jones joked.
This is a point to remember. The Cowboys were targeting different needs in the last two drafts, when CeeDee Lamb and Micah Parsons fell in their rounds to No. 17 overall and No. 12 overall, in particular. They might not be done acquiring free agents for that specific reason.
For now, it’s worth pointing out the obvious: this team would need help in the trenches. Both sides of the ball.