NFL Draft best players available for Dallas Cowboys: Logan Hall, Skyy Moore

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys believe they have multiple offensive line spots by drafting Tulsa offensive tackle Tyler Smith with the 24th overall pick Thursday night. Smith will have an opportunity to start immediately at left guard and then transition out to left tackle as the potential he is exposed to is eight-time Pro Bowler Tyron Smith.

Dallas’ top remaining needs are wide receiver, defensive end and tight end, but the best player available should still be the goal. The Cowboys have two picks on Day 2, one in the second round (56th overall) and one in the third (88th overall).

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday night that his draft board has “emptied out pretty good” in terms of players with high second-round grades.

“When you only have 14 first-round grades,” Jones said, “there’s communication around the league, I think that was pretty much down the middle, in terms of what other teams felt like they were in the first round. When that ‘s what you have, what’ s coming next is the top of the second-rounders. They picked through us pretty good there. “

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Here are 30 notable players that still make sense for Dallas on Day 2.

Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia. A big part of the fan base wanted Dean in the first round. What if the Cowboys found a way to get him in the second and pair him with Micah Parsons? Dallas will need to trade up to make that happen.

Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson. Teams can never have enough quality corners. Booth would have a tremendous value if it was still there in the middle of the second round.

Arnold Ebiketie, DE, Penn State. The Cowboys could have addressed edge rusher at Pick 24 when Jermaine Johnson and George Karlaftis were still there. They obviously thought the offensive line was a much bigger need. But they could still use some help getting to the quarterback.

Travis Jones, DT, Connecticut. The Cowboys say they like their depth at defensive tackle with Neville Gallimore, Osa Odighizuwa, Trysten Hill and Quinton Bohanna, but if the right player is there, at the right value, why not add more talent to the position?

Logan Hall, DE, Houston. At 6-6, 283 pounds, Hall totaled 6 1/2 sacks and 13 1/2 tackles for loss last season. His size makes him a good fit to rush the passer from the outside on the first and second downs and the slide down on the third downs.

Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor. The Cowboys haven’t drafted a safety in the first two rounds since Roy Williams in 2002, but maybe this is the year that streak comes to an end.

Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan. The Cowboys would like all of their wide receivers to play inside and outside. At 5-9, 195 pounds, Moore best fits in the slot. He had 1,292 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State. Most consider McBride the top tight end in this class. With Blake Jarwin no longer on the roster and Dalton Schultz under the franchise tag, Dallas needs another tight end who has the potential to become a starter.

Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State. The Cowboys are solid at safety for the 2022 season with Jayron Kearse, Malik Hooker and Donovan Wilson at the top of the depth chart, but they could use a fourth, especially someone like Brisker who should become a future starter.

David Ojabo, DE, Michigan. If not for suffering an Achilles injury at Michigan’s pro day, Ojabao would have been a first-round pick. The Cowboys like taking chances in the second round, and Ojabo’s upside might just be worth the risk.

Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming. Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch, Jabril Cox and Luke Gifford are a solid group, but another linebacker is expected to be drafted at some point. If the Cowboys don’t like their second- or third-round options at DE, WR or TE, a quality linebacker could make sense.

George Pickens, WR, Georgia. Without injuries the past two seasons, Pickens would have been a first-round pick. He has good size for the position at 6-3, 195 pounds. If he can stay healthy, this could be a steal for the Cowboys in the second round.

Boye Mafe, DE, Minnesota. He continued to improve throughout his college career and could progress into a valuable starting NFL pass rusher. Mafe (6-3, 261) had 10 tackles for loss and seven sacks in 13 games last season.

Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska. Going back-to-back offensive linemen in first and second rounds probably don’t make much sense with Dallas ‘other needs, but Jurgens was one of the Cowboys’ 30 pre-draft visitors and they didn’t mind competing at center.

Sam Williams, DE, Ole Miss. Another pre-draft 30 visitor, Williams, has been named as a Cowboys prospect for the last couple of months. The 6-3, 261-pound edge rusher has room to improve, but he was very productive in his 13 games last season, finishing with 12 1/2 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.

John Metchie, WR, Alabama. Like Pickens, injuries are the cause of Metchie’s fall to the Cowboys on Day 2. A combination of Metchie, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup would set Dallas up for the foreseeable future.

Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State. An official pre-draft visitor of the Cowboys who didn’t put up huge numbers in college. But like Schultz, Ruckert has the ability to be even more productive in the NFL.

DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M. Another one of Dallas’ 30 visitors, Leal could help Dallas at multiple defensive line positions, making his biggest impact on the interior as a three-technique DT.

Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia. One of the Cowboys’ 30 visitors, Woods had a productive senior season on the stat sheet, totaling 44 catches for 598 yards and eight touchdowns.

Myjai Sanders, DE, Cincinnati. Why not include one more 30 visitor? At 6-5, 228 pounds, Sanders would need to add some weight to a full-time defensive end for the Cowboys, but his explosiveness makes him an intriguing prospect.

Here are 10 others:

Drake Jackson DE, USC

Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma

Jalen Torbert, WR, South Alabama

Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

Christian Harris, LB, Alabama

Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama

Kingsley Enagbare, DE, South Carolina

Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA

Josh Paschal, DE, Kentucky

Cade Otton, TE, Washington

(Photo of Logan Hall: Stephen Lew / USA Today)

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