With the NFL Combine in the rearview mirror, it is time to really dive into which prospects that the Dallas Cowboys could target in April.

The Athletic is the latest national outlet to release a post-combine mock draft. Dane Brugler is the best in the industry, always making his mock drafts and prospect rankings a must-read.

Brugler predicts the first two rounds in his latest mock draft. For the Dallas Cowboys, the mock draft sees Dallas land a playmaking wideout and a small school linebacker. Both of which are positions that should be addressed this offseason.


Nov 20, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) runs for a touchdown after making a catch against Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama won 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys could go a number of different ways with its first-round selection.

Offensive line is a well-known need. Wide receiver is a position that needs to be upgraded, assuming the team actually does move on from Amari Cooper. The Best Player Available strategy is another route.

Brugler gives the Cowboys Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks in the mock draft. Burks has been highly-regarded throughout the draft process and would give the Cowboys a playmaking weapon on the outside.

The Cowboys’ No. 1 goal this offseason: Make the offense more explosive. Amari Cooper will not be with the team much longer, and Burks might be too talented to pass on here. The fact that he is from Jerry Jones’ and Stephen Jones’ alma mater is just a bonus.

Burks did not test as well as many expected at the NFL Combine. That said, he is still an above average athlete and actually tested very similarly to current Cowboys wideout CeeDee Lamb.

What makes Burks such an intriguing prospect is his after-the-catch ability. The Arkansas product runs like a running back with the ball in his hands. That has garnered comparisons to All-Pro talent Deebo Samuel.

With his vision and acceleration, Burks has the skills to turn quick-hitters into big plays, breaking tackles with his balance, body strength and competitive toughness … As long as he stays healthy, Burks has the skills to grow into an NFL team’s No. 1 receiver with some similarities to a linebacker-sized version of Deebo Samuel.


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Mar 3, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks (WO05) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The most obvious connection between Treylon Burks and the Dallas Cowboys is the University of Arkansas. That, of course, is where both Jerry and Stephen Jones attended college.

More than that, though, there are some signs that show that the Cowboys have legitimate interest in the All-SEC wideout — or at the very least, a receiver in general.

For one, the Dallas Cowboys held a formal interview with Burks while in Indianapolis. Secondly, the Cowboys are making moves at the wide receiver position that point to the unit being a focus in the draft.

Cooper is on his way out, according to several reports. Michael Gallup is in the middle of contract negotiations and is recovering from a torn ACL. Cedrick Wilson may have played his way into cashing in with another organization in free agency.

If Treylon Burks, who is currently ranked no. 13 overall in Brugler’s prospect rankings, falls to pick 24, the Cowboys would be smart to think hard about adding the former SEC star to the offense.

Becoming more explosive on offense is the way to go in today’s NFL. Burks would provide the Dallas Cowboys with a bonafide playmaker that is dangerous after the catch.

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