The NFL is considered the most popular sport for betting in the United States and Canada. Avid betters scrounge through spreads and totals and predict future Super Bowl odds and player picks. The NFL Draft, where the fresh crop of players is chosen, is an important time in the league calendar for NFL betting.
The NFL Draft combats corruption and unfair placements in football teams. The problem was that the best players would go to the already popular and well-established teams, leaving the upcoming or struggling teams in the dirt with no way to claw their way up or improve. The NFL decided to showcase fresh talent through a series of physical and mental tasks. Each team would get the chance to pick players through a series of rounds. The better the team ranked in the league the previous season, the later they would pick in the lineup. Thus, the NFL Draft was born.
Year review of 2021 for the Dallas Cowboys
Despite ending off the 2021 season with less than pleasing results, the Dallas Cowboys remain a top team in the NFL. Experts are saying that there is no team quite like the Dallas Cowboys across the league, and this is reflected by their position of 24th in the picking lineup. Their placement is supported by a total of 12 wins and 5 losses for the 2021 football season.
Although the Dallas Cowboys have little money available for free agency and are struggling to keep their team, fans and management remain positive and optimistic for the 2022 season. The 2022 NFL Draft, being held April 28-30, hosts some amazing talent that can definitely fill in some gaps in the Cowboys’ team.
Will McClay, vice president of player personnel, signed a new contract with the Dallas Cowboys on January 10, 2022. It’s important to note that, although Jerry Jones is the owner of the team and has the final word on player picks, McClay is highly respected and has been the chief personnel executive since 2014. Since McClay’s appointment, the team has drafted 9 players who have gone on to earn Pro Bowl honors. The Cowboys made a smart move to continue their relationship with McClay.
Areas for improvement in the Dallas Cowboys
There is an immediate need to fill and improve the offensive line, specifically the interior offensive line. The Left guard and center positions were weaker than average last season. This leaves two positions pretty much up for grabs in the Draft this year. Connor Williams is set to hit free agency this year, and the other players in the offensive line have proven less than impressive.
The Safety position is an ongoing issue for the Dallas Cowboys. Every year the Cowboys fill this position with the most budget-friendly option, and this strategy does not seem to be working for the team. The team has three players hitting free agency this year, Damontae Kazee, Jayron Kearse, and Malik Hooker. The most notable is Kearse, who has proven to be a solid player, team leader, and coach’s favorite. Our guess is that Kearse will be retained this winter.
The Dallas Cowboys’ current tight end, Dalton Schultz, is now a free agent, and it doesn’t seem that the team is in the financial position to re-sign a contract with this player. This leaves his position open for fresh talent, although it is sad to see a great player being lost. The tight end position seems to be an ongoing pain in the neck for the Dallas Cowboys, but they have their sights set on some great players available in the Draft. This position is notorious for being slow to develop, and the Cowboys need to find a player that they can rely on for the long haul.
Possible prospects for the Dallas Cowboys
Jaquan Brisker, who plays safety position for Penn state, is definitely in the running for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2022 NFL Draft. He is 6’1” and weighs in at 200 lb. Brisker is considered a solid defender and has a strong presence which is felt most when he is working downhill. Experts speculate that Brisker would be skilled enough to zip around the tip of the Cowboy’s secondary.
Charlie Kolar is in the running for the tight end position. This 6’6” player is currently at Iowa State and weighs in at 255 lb. It is speculated that pairing Kolar with Schultz could create mismatches across the field. Kolar is considered a “premier red zone threat” that would be a serious force to be reckoned with for the opposing defensive coordinators.
Other names to watch out for at the 2022 NFL draft are Logan Hall, Jojo Domann, Khalil Shakir, Bryan Robinson Jr., and Thomas Booker. All in all, we think that the Dallas Cowboys have a positive season ahead, and we can’t wait to see the outcome of this year’s NFL Draft.