The 2022 class of draft prospects is shaping up to be very talented and very defensive-heavy at the top. This is a good sign for the Cowboys. Most of their problems lie in defense, and this should be rectified by April. Although it is too early to predict the future, here are three names Cowboys fan should be keeping an eye on during the college season.
This Mock was simulated using RiseNDraft.com/NFLMockDraftDatabse’s simulator.
A center? Yes, a center. The value of interior offensive linesmen is a subject of debate. If they are considered elite talents, then the NFL should be comfortable taking them in draft. Linderbaum is definitely an elite talent. He should be taken in the draft early for a Cowboys team where there is a huge need.
Tyler Linderbaum does Tyler Linderbaum things (he’s the center just in case you didn’t know) pic.twitter.com/ZP5TnhOGAy
— Ben Glassmire (@BenGlassmireNFL) September 16, 2021
Iowa seems to put NFL-ready offensive linemen in the draft year after year and Linderbaum may be one of the best. He’s completely scheme-versatile, has elite power, and athleticism. He could be a center for the league and fill the gap left by Travis Frederick’s retirement.
Although it was against one the most talented young DTs in league, Tyler Biadasz’ Week 1 performance is a concern for the remainder of the season.
Thomas is a lesser-known name among fans but is growing in hype among draft analysts. With Ronnie Perkins’ departure, he is taking on a bigger role at Oklahoma and has been a great help to himself. He is a very powerful edge rusher and simply outperforms the offensive linemen at their point of attack. He is a dominant player in the run game. While he’s still learning as a pass-rusher and he has the tools, he’s already a formidable rusher.
Video of Isaiah Thomas with the bull rush for the sack from earlier. This dude is a great addition to any team. pic.twitter.com/EXlH9fBi14
— Ben Glassmire (@BenGlassmireNFL) September 4, 2021
Depth at pass rusher has already become a need for the team as DeMarcus Lawrence has gone down with an injury after the club failed to record a single sack in the season opener. Thomas would give the team depth and versatility, as well as a potential high-level starter.
When April rolls around this may end up being a vast underrating of Catalon. He is the Arkansas defense’s captain and a dynamic safety. He is a dynamic safety who makes great plays in the run game. His two interceptions against Rice in the fourth quarter are a testament to his incredible ball skills.
He still needs to show that this level of play is sustainable over the year. However, he might be able to make it to the first round conversation.
Jalen Catalon registers his 2nd INT of the day yesterday pic.twitter.com/75MckmrLM7
— Tyler Browning (@DiabeticTyler) September 5, 2021
Adding another safety may seem like overkill but a player of Catalon’s caliber can bring a single-high capable safety to the team on a cheaper rookie deal. Catalon could have the potential to lead the secondary.