Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft buzz: Tyron Smith or Tyler Biadasz replacement at No. 24

The bet is on the Cowboys adding protection for Dak Prescott.
Former Dallas Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz
Former Dallas Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz / Perry Knotts/GettyImages

The Dallas Cowboys own the No. 24 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.  With owner Jerry Jones always looking to get his team over the hump, sky’s the limit on what this NFC East squad may pull off.

After their 2023 season ended in disappointment, re-tooling the offensive line seems to be the biggest need for a Cowboys team still talented enough to be a contender again in 2024.  In finding protection for Dak Prescott after losing two offensive line anchors in free agency, the Cowboys should be in good position to win the NFC East again if they make a few more tweaks in other areas like running back and defensive back.

The team can take care of those areas of need later in the draft, but the priority is the big men up front.

Dallas Cowboys 2024 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

In looking around at some of the latest mock drafts, the Cowboys are predicted to address the offensive line, a major area of need this offseason.

CBS.com  NFL Mock Draft – IOL Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon

The Cowboys took a couple of big hits in free agency along the offensive line with the loss of Pro-Bowl tackle Tryon Smith and center Tyler Biadasz.  In his latest CBS NFL Mock Draft, Tyler Sullivan has the Cowboys addressing the O-line by selecting Oregon’s Jackson Power-Johnson.

2024 NFL Draft prospect Jackson Powers-Johnson predicted to go to Cowboys in 2024 NFL Mock Draft
NFL Combine - Jackson Powers-Johnson / Todd Rosenberg/GettyImages

Sullivan writes:

“Powers-Johnson gives Dallas some versatility along the interior of its offensive line as the Oregon product has the ability to play center (his main position for the Ducks) or kick to guard. He'd be a logical replacement for Tyler Biadasz, who signed with Washington in free agency.”

Not a first round selection that will excite Cowboys fans, but it’s a need for the team and when a versatile interior lineman like Powers-Johnson is available and he can fill a big need, you take him.  Not only is he big and powerful, but he would also bring stability to the middle of the offensive line. 

Eric Edholm’s NFL.com Mock Draft 3.0: OT Amarius Mims, Georgia

Georgia’s Amarius Mims is a popular mock draft choice for teams selecting in the late first round needing a tackle.  With great upside, Mims could eventually replace Smith, who signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.  Eric Edholm sees the Georgia product as a prospect who comes with a great deal of talent, but a lot of risk due to his lack of experience as a starter.

In his mock draft 3.0, Edholm writes:

“The ultimate boom-bust prospect in Round 1, Mims has special traits and could be an absolute monster in time. But with a mere eight starts under his belt, all at right tackle, Mims also carries some serious risk. The Cowboys are the type of team that trusts its scouting department to find moldable talents that can be developed into starters, and there's an OL vacancy that requires filling.”

The Landry Hat 7-round NFL Mock Draft – OT Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State

Fansided’s Dallas Cowboys site, The Landry Hat, went bold in their latest 7-round mock draft with the Cowboys securing two first round picks.  Dallas picks ups No. 11 in a trade with the Vikings and swap first round picks with the Kansas City Chiefs, which gives them No. 32.

With both picks, the Cowboys go offensive line.  With No.11, they select Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga who, unlike Mims, is more of a sure bet to replace Smith. 

The Landry Hat’s Reid Hanson writes:

In Fuaga the Cowboys get arguably the second-best LT in the draft. His selection allows Tyler Smith to stay at LG where he appears to be a perennial All-Pro and allows Dallas to turn their attention to the center position in upcoming rounds.”

Then, with the No. 32 pick, the Cowboys select West Virginia’s Zack Frazier to replace Biadsaz.  At 6-foot-2, 315 pounds, Frazier would bring balance to the middle of the line.  In all, the combination of Fuaga and Frazier would give the Cowboys an A++ in adding pro-bowl caliber youth to the offensive line.