With just a month to go until the 2022 NFL Draft, teams around the league are working hard on getting their plans ready. No one wants the competition to know their plans. It is advantageous for each team to keep their intentions hidden to make sure other franchises can’t move ahead of them for a coveted talent. Obviously, none of them are going to reveal what they are planning, especially in the first round.
Except, of course, the Dallas Cowboys. Owner and titular GM Jerry Jones has already laid out their general plan of attack at the NFL owner’s annual meeting.
This is very consistent with the loose way Jones and his organization have dealt with the draft for several years. In 2016, they clearly tipped their hand with their obvious desire to take Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall. In 2018, they once again were too loose with their interest in Leighton Vander Esch. But that surprise was due to the team having indicated they were planning on a defensive pick. Then last year, they made no bones about wanting one of the top cornerback prospects. But the Carolina Panthers grabbed Jaycee Horn with the eighth pick while the Denver Broncos took Patrick Surtain immediately after. This forced the Cowboys to take Micah Parsons as a consolation prize.
Information security surrounding the draft has long been a weakness for Dallas. Likewise, the kind of casual revelation Jones just made is not the league norm by any means. Now they may be setting up a vulnerability. The two most likely targets for them would seem to be OGs Kenyon Green of Texas A&M (already reported as one of their 30 pre-draft visits) and Boston College’s Zion Johnson.
Putting this out in the media could be a problem for Dallas. If there is another guard-hungry team a few spots behind them in the order, that competitor could be willing to trade up and take one of the coveted players from them. It also could tip the scales for a team like the Green Bay Packers that currently hold picks 22 and 28, bracketing the Cowboys. One case where another team made what was believed to be a move to get ahead of the Cowboys, albeit in the second round, was 2018, when the Cowboys’ beloved rival the Philadelphia Eagles traded to get just in front of Dallas to take Dallas Goedert. It still shows how what another team believes about intentions can drive moves.
Now Jones is at it again. Hopefully it will not cost them in the draft, but knowledge is power. Giving this kind of information gains nothing and can wind up costing a player they need. It is just par for the course at the Star, unfortunately.