Southbound 35 – Dallas Cowboys 2024 Draft Profile

The Dallas Cowboys have been the definition of “fall between two stools” over the years. In 2023 they embodied that, being good enough to win the NFC East but failing to make a run in the playoffs.

Now with a slew of veterans exiting the building, Dallas will need to address their needs through the draft.


Amarius Mims, Tackle, Georgia

Jaylan Ford, LB, Texas

Isaac Guerendo, RB, Louisville


The Cowboys’ offensive line has been a shining beacon of hope in Dallas for years. Now with veteran and longtime blindside protector Tyronn Smith entering free agency, Dallas is in need of a young replacement.

Like his predecessor, Amarius Mims is a massive man with God-given athletic traits. His long arms, stout base and smooth movement skills have made him one of the best blindside blockers in college football. Mims enters the draft as a scheme-fluid prospect, being able to fit a power run or zone scheme as a left tackle. Taking this Georgia product would give the Cowboys a plug-and-play tackle to seamlessly continue their dominance in the trenches.

Jerry Jones and company will need to address the holes they have at linebacker and running back in the mid to late rounds.

Leighton Vander Esch is their best off-ball linebacker and Tony Pollard just left the team in free agency after signing a deal with the Tennessee Titans. Luckily both positions have adequate depth to find solid contributors deeper into rounds.   

The best thing for Dallas is to look outside and pluck one of the best off-ball linebacker prospects in the draft out of their own backyard.

Jaylan Ford is a thumper in every sense of the word. An above average closer, Ford uses his athleticism to attack ball carriers with violent hits. He possesses good fluid movement in space, which will allow him to play in zone coverage at the next level as well. Pairing him with Vander Esch would give the Cowboys a potent duo once again behind that defensive front.

After addressing defense they should look to get a starting caliber running back for Dak Prescott. They currently only have Deuce Vaughn under contract, and will have to get someone to pair with him.

Isaac Guerendo is one of the most explosive athletes in the draft at the running back position, and will be available in the late rounds. He possesses good size to take hits when running up the middle, coupled with above average speed to get to the edge and challenge the second level. He has the added element of being a polished pass catcher and that could open up the offense more for the Cowboys.

Jerry Jones and the Cowboys have to infuse this roster with young players to continue to contend. Those young players will have immense pressure on them as they will be coming behind some beloved vets…can they handle it?

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