Dallas Cowboys Draft Needs & Mock Draft for 2024

As a lead-up to the 2024 NFL draft, we’ve broken down the current depth chart of every NFL team and identified the biggest draft and team needs for the Dallas Cowboys.

You can find additional team-by-team draft needs articles and other draft content on our 2024 NFL Draft Hub.

Who Did the Dallas Cowboys Select in the 2024 NFL Draft?

The Dallas Cowboys selected Tyler Guyton (OT, Oklahoma) with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys also drafted:

  • Marshawn Kneeland (EDGE, Western Michigan)
  • Cooper Beebe (OG, Kansas State)
  • Marist Liufau (LB, Notre Dame)
  • Caelen Carson (CB, Wake Forest)
  • Ryan Flournoy (WR, Southeast Missouri State)
  • Nathan Thomas (OT, Louisiana)
  • Justin Rogers (DT, Auburn)

Dallas Cowboys Needs: Top Positions of Need in 2024

  1. Offensive Line
  2. Defensive Line
  3. Wide Receiver

What Picks Do the Dallas Cowboys Have in 2024?

The Dallas Cowboys have 7 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, including:

  • Round 1 (24)
  • Round 2 (56)
  • Round 3 (87)
  • Round 5 (174)
  • Round 6 (216)
  • Round 7 (233)
  • Round 7 (244)

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Dallas Cowboys Draft Capital Stats

Our Sharp Draft Value Rank is a valuation of draft capital based on a combination of average performance delivered and average dollars earned on second contracts.

This is based on two public models: performance delivered based on draft slot (the AV model created by Chase Stuart) and contractual earnings in non-rookie deals based upon draft slot (the OTC model created by Brad Spielberger and Jason Fitzgerald).

  • Cowboys Sharp Draft Value Rank: 30 of 32 teams
  • Cowboys AV Model Draft Value Rank: 30 of 32 teams
  • Cowboys OTC Model Draft Value Rank: 30 of 32 teams

Dallas Cowboys Draft Value vs. Other Teams:

The Cowboys’ draft value is 26% lower than the league average of all 32 teams. 29 other teams have more draft value entering the 2024 NFL Draft.

Dallas Cowboys Draft Prediction:

Brendan Donahue has the Cowboys selecting Tyler Guyton (OT, Oklahoma) with the 24th overall pick in his most recent 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Mock draft expert Ryan McCrystal believes the Cowboys could target an offensive lineman like Troy Fautanu (OL, Washington) with their top pick at No. 24 overall in the first round.

Dallas Cowboys Strength of Schedule, 2024

The Dallas Cowboys have the 11th-hardest NFL strength of schedule for the 2024 NFL season.

Dallas Cowboys Offense: Depth Chart, Analysis & Draft Needs

Rich Hribar breaks down the offensive depth chart by position for the Dallas Cowboys, identifying areas where the team could improve in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Quarterback Depth Chart, Cowboys:

  1. Dak Prescott
  2. Cooper Rush
  3. Trey Lance

Dak Prescott had arguably the best season of his career in 2023.

Prescott led the NFL in completions (410) and touchdown passes (36). His 69.5% completion rate was the highest of his career.

Prescott was second in the NFL in EPA per dropback (0.18) and third in success rate (48.5%). Both marks were the second-highest rates in those areas for his career.

He also had a 1.5% interception rate, which was his lowest in a season since 2018.

All of that led to Prescott finishing second in MVP voting.

Prescott still has plenty of meat left on the bone and is lined up for another big payday.

He will turn 31 this July, entering the final season of his current contract.

Behind Prescott, backups Trey Lance and Cooper Rush are only signed for 2024 since there is an all-but-zero chance the team is going to pick up Lance’s fifth-year option.

Running Back Depth Chart, Cowboys:

  1. Rico Dowdle
  2. Malik Davis
  3. Deuce Vaughn
  4. Royce Freeman
  5. Snoop Conner
  6. Hunter Luepke (FB)

The Dallas running back room has been stripped down with the team losing both Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard now in back-to-back offseasons.

Before the Cowboys signed Royce Freeman very late in free agency, the depth chart had very little NFL experience.

Rico Dowdle (113), Malik Davis (44), Deuce Vaughn (30), and Snoop Conner (12) have combined for 199 touches in the NFL at this point of their careers.

Freeman brings 557 career touches to the table, but he has averaged 3.8 yards per carry throughout his career.

Davis (through 2025) and Vaughn (2026) are each under contract for multiple seasons.

It is no secret that Dallas is going to add at least one running back during the draft, if not a couple of bodies.

We also could still see a veteran signing after the draft.

Dallas has already used pre-draft visits on Trey Benson, Jonathon Brooks, Braelon Allen, Emani Bailey, and Rasheen Ali.

Wide Receiver Depth Chart, Cowboys:

  1. CeeDee Lamb
  2. Brandin Cooks
  3. Jalen Tolbert
  4. Kavontae Turpin
  5. Martavis Bryant
  6. Racey McMath
  7. Jalen Brooks
  8. David Durden
  9. Jalen Cropper

CeeDee Lamb’s targets, catches, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns have all gone up from the season prior in each of his years in the league.

If he tops them all again in 2024, he will have a monster season since he is coming off a major campaign.

Lamb led the NFL with 135 receptions last season, turning those into 1,749 yards and 12 touchdowns, adding a rushing touchdown to his totals.

Lamb accounted for 29.9% of the team targets (fourth in the NFL), 31.5% of the receptions (first), and 37.5% of the receiving yards (third).

Lamb’s timing on that monster season could not have been better for himself as he is also set up for a big payday.

Lamb is currently under his fifth-year option for 2024. His camp is already pushing for a huge extension before playing on that option this season.

As noted, Lamb was largely the crux of the Dallas passing game.

Lamb had 181 targets last season. The next closest wide receiver on the team had 81. The next closest wide receiver after that had 57.

The rest of this wide receiver room needs work.

With Lamb due a huge extension, Dallas needs to find wideouts that can overachieve on rookie contracts or they are going to be forced to keep trying to coax out production on aging veterans on lower-tier contracts.

They tried to do the latter last season with minimal success.

Brandin Cooks had eight touchdowns last season, but he also averaged a career-low 41.1 yards per game.

His 3.4 receptions per game were his fewest in a season since 2019.

Cooks has now caught fewer than 60 passes for fewer than 700 yards in each of the past two seasons with Houston and Dallas.

Turning 31 in September, Cooks is only under contract for 2024.

After Cooks, there is next to nothing tangible here to latch onto.

Jalen Tolbert made some growth in year two, but he still has only 24 catches through two NFL seasons.

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you.

The ghost of Martavis Bryant is also here.

Bryant is now 32 years old and has not caught a pass in the NFL since the 2018 season.

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