DALLAS – The Dallas Cowboys identified several needs in the 2022 NFL Draft. From offensive line to pass catcher, Dallas had a plan and executed, especially through the first three rounds.

The Cowboys grabbed offensive lineman Tyler Smith out of Tulsa in the first-round, passing on better, on-paper talent. Dallas then added Ole Miss pass rusher Sam Williams and South Alabama pass catcher Jalen Tolbert in rounds two and three.

All three will play important roles as rookies for the Dallas Cowboys. The two offensive players, however, will be counted on right out of the gate.

Offensive line and wide receiver were two areas of need for the Dallas Cowboys entering the draft. Dallas parted ways with starters Amari Cooper and La’el Collins, while the team also saw Cedrick Wilson and Connor Williams leave in free agency.

That means that Jalen Tolbert and Tyler Smith will be counted on in big ways for the Cowboys in 2022.

Tolbert will need to emerge at a position that has some question marks. CeeDee Lamb is set to lead the unit, and there are big expectations surrounding him. However, Michael Gallup is set to miss the beginning of the season as he recovers from ACL surgery.

Dallas did add veteran James Washington in free agency, but Washington has struggled to have a consistent impact in the NFL. Perhaps Simi Fehoko takes a jump in year-two. However, Tolbert looks to be the guy tasked with stepping up out wide.

As for Smith, he joins a Cowboys offensive line that’s in a bit of a rebuild. The interior of the unit struggled in 2021, and Tyron Smith is not getting any younger at left tackle. That is without mentioning his injury history.

Tyler Smith is projected to play a big role at guard, and he has some natural athletic ability that the Cowboys are banking on. He flashed on the collegiate level. Dallas will need to get the best out of their first-rounder — quickly.

Dallas has a lot of talent on the roster with a proven quarterback and a Super Bowl-winning head coach. The Cowboys will be counting on their rookies to play big roles in 2022 as the team looks to take that next step.

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