The Dallas Cowboys came into the 2022 NFL Draft knowing they wanted Tyler Smith in the first round. The team believes the offensive tackle out of Tulsa can be the Cowboys’ left tackle in life after Tyron Smith. But he also provides an answer at left guard in the immediate future.

One prospect the Cowboys passed on to get Smith was Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum, the top-ranked center in the Draft. Although that isn’t a surprise, many interpreted that as a sign of confidence in Tyler Biadasz’s development.

Turns out, he isn’t the only young player the Cowboys have in mind.

With the NFL Draft in the books, Stephen Jones confirmed there’s an open competition for the starting center role in Dallas. Matt Farniok, the Cowboys’ 2021 seventh-round draft pick, will fight Biadasz for the job.

This shouldn’t be seen as a knock on Biadasz. Instead, Cowboys fans should look at it as a sign of Matt Farniok’s development. As a rookie, he did enough to warrant a spot in the 53-man roster, something that’s far from a guarantee for seventh-rounders. He put together a nice performance in Philadelphia at the end of the year.

Not to mention, Farniok’s athletic profile is the reason why Dallas took him in the first place.

They were hoping to develop him and now it seems like they believe they are succeeding. So much so that in just the second year of his career, they’ll give him a chance to compete with the starter.

But make no mistake about it, the Cowboys are also high on Biadasz. Judging by Jerry’s comments from two years ago, it seems like the front office and the coaching staff saw eye to eye regarding Biadasz’s potential.

The 2022 NFL Draft is in the books, and it won’t be long until Cowboys Nation’s conversations shift toward training camp. Positional battles, roster bubble fights, and things of the sort while we await September.

Matt Farniok vs Tyler Biadasz can prove to be one of the most fun storylines.

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