The 2022 NFL Draft is two weeks away. The Dallas Cowboys hold nine selections in the upcoming draft, including No. 24 overall in the first-round.

With the Cowboys selecting in the back-half of the first-round, there is a chance that the Cowboys could move up in the draft. That is especially true with Dallas only possessing one pick in the top-50.

It is no secret that the Cowboys have multiple holes to fill on the roster. From offensive line to pass rusher to wide receiver, there are several needs that must be addressed. Trading up would allow Dallas to potentially add a premium player at a position of need.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently addressed the possibility of making a move early in the draft. Jones made it known that he would like to move up if the opportunity presents itself.

“I would trade up since we’re down as low as we are in those first two or three rounds,” Jones told the media during a press conference on Wednesday.

A lot can happen in the draft. A player can fall later than expected or a prospect can be drafted earlier than anticipated. Several factors can impact trade situations and movement during the draft.

Still, it is worth identifying a handful of prospects that the Cowboys might be interested in trading up for in the first-round or early on day-two of the draft.


The Dallas Cowboys have not traded up in the first-round of the NFL Draft since 2012. In that draft, the Cowboys made a splash by making a move for LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne.

That move did not work out as hoped, and the Cowboys have yet to make a similar move since then. Jerry Jones, however, did leave the door open for that to happen this year if the team sees a player that they like on the board.

With that mind, considering that the Cowboys have needs at receiver, offensive line, and pass rusher, there are five names that could make sense for Dallas to move up in round one for.

  • Chris Olave — Ohio State WR
  • Charles Cross — Mississippi State OT
  • Jameson Williams — Alabama OT
  • David Ojabo — Michigan EDGE
  • Tyler Linderbaum — Iowa OL

Olave is a quick, shifty pass catcher that could fill the void left by Amari Cooper. Cross is a bonafide elite tackle that some see falling in the first-round due to lack of reps in the run game. Jameson Williams is the burner that can take a top off the defense.

Any of those three would provide the Cowboys offense with an immediate boost. Olave and Williams are game-breaking talents at the receiver position. Cross is an elite pass protector that could be developed to take over Tyron Smith’s role down the road.

As for Ojabo and Linderbaum, those could be moves where the Cowboys move back up into the first-round.

Ojabo is an athletic freak at the edge position, but he is recovering from a recently torn ACL. Getting that fifth-year option would be attractive for whatever team drafts him. Linderbaum, on the other hand, is a gem at the center position. A ready-made contributor,

Linderbaum is regarded as one of the best overall prospects in the draft. The lack of positional value could lead to a relative fall. He would slide into the starting center role from day one in Dallas.

The Dallas Cowboys are clearly considering moving up in the first-round, and there are certainly prospects worth making a move for.

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