Several holes were addressed by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2022 NFL Draft. Dallas added potential contributors at offensive line, wide receiver, and edge rusher.
Those were the three biggest needs on the roster entering the draft. The Cowboys also added depth at tight end and linebacker on the third day of draft weekend. All-in-all, multiple needs were addressed by Will McClay and the front office.
Dallas did a great job of adding athletic prospects through the draft. Furthermore, the Cowboys also followed a strategy of drafting Senior Bowl prospects. Both have chances to make a positive impact on the roster.
However, there is one trend between Cowboys’ draft picks that is concerning.
Penalties are an issue for multiple Cowboys draft picks.
The Dallas Cowboys struggled with penalties during the second season of the Mike McCarthy era. From Connor Williams costing the team with holding calls to Randy Gregory jumping offsides in the playoffs, penalties were a major issue last season.
McCarthy went as far to say that limiting penalties would be a priority for the Cowboys. Dallas is emphasizing the issue before next season arrives.
“We will talk and emphasize penalties more than we have in the past,” McCarthy told the media earlier this offseason.
Despite those words, the Cowboys added multiple prospects through the draft that have struggled with penalties. First-round pick Tyler Smith and second-round selection Sam Williams combined for a whopping 24 penalties last season.
Noticing a distrubing trend from the #Cowboys 2022 draft picks.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) May 4, 2022
# of penalties during 2021 season:
Tyler Smith – 16
Sam Williams – 9
Jake Ferguson – 7
When you add in fourth-round pick Jake Ferguson, three of the Cowboys’ first four draft picks were penalized at least seven times during the 2021 season. That certainly qualifies as a “disturbing trend”.
The Cowboys have said publicly that limiting penalties is a priority. The actions, however, appear to contradict that sentiment.
This trend does not guarantee failure in the NFL by any means. With that said, it is a noteworthy theme when considering how big of a topic penalties were during the season for the Cowboys.
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