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Cowboys drafting a tight end in round 1 would be insanity

As the draft nears a small wave of support for the Cowboys taking a in the has grown. The top targets of interest at the position are , , and .

But does spending a first-round pick — and the money that goes with it — on a tight end make sense?

Do the Cowboys even need to worry about the position to begin with? Frankly, no.

If Dallas was concerned about the players they have on the roster — and — at the position, they wouldn't have let go.

Especially when they could have re-signed him rather cheaply after his market fizzled.

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Put me in the camp that thinks there is no way the Cowboys take a tight end this early. But also don't expect me to be shocked if they somehow go ahead and do so.

This is the Jones family we're talking about.

But let's take a look at the pros and cons of spending the 26th pick on Thursday evening on a tight end.

Is there a good reason why one of the three listed above should be on the Cowboys' card?

How It Could Happen

If the skill players at and receiver fly off the board early — an unlikely scenario — Dallas would have a tough call to make.

Shore up their offensive or defensive lines, or take a tight end. They'd be tempted to give another target to throw to.

Mayer is the top-ranked player at the position coming into the draft. He's been nicknamed “Baby Gronk” and is projected to go mid-first round. He could slip back to the Cowboys depending on how other teams draft.

If the goal is to give Prescott another target — and Mayer is gone — Kincaid would be the logical next pick. As a receiver, he checks off all the boxes.

But his Achilles Heel is his blocking, especially in the run game.

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Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid, left, runs after catching a pass as Colorado Jeremy Mack Jr. (3) pursues in the first half of an NCAA game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

So if the Cowboys are looking for a blocking tight end — which you can get in a later round — with the potential to become a threat in the , you're looking at Washington.

But, do you spend a first-round pick on a blocker?

Why It Makes No Sense

The Cowboys have two very good tight ends on the roster already. It isn't a position of need. And there are options available later in the draft.

Taking Tucker Kraft out of South Dakota State in the third or fourth round would be the right play. He was a solid receiver for the Jackrabbits during their National Championship run last year. And he is a solid blocker.

There are a couple of other players who will be available in the middle rounds at the position, freeing Dallas up to address greater needs.

What Will Likely Happen

Sometime late Thursday evening, the Cowboys' draft card will be handed to .

He will walk up and announce the pick.

Roger Goodell

It will likely be , a from Clemson, or O'Cyrus Torrence, an offensive lineman from Florida. The longshots are: (running back, Texas) or Quentin Johnson (receiver, TCU).

But if Goodell says the words “tight end” at any point during Dallas' pick, start reaching for the smelling salts.

I'm going to need as many as I can get to revive me.

Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinelli
Richard has covered sports at all levels - from local, prep, college, and professional - since 1984. He has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since 1969. Since retiring as a full-time sports writer in 2013, he has written and published several novels, two dozen short stories and two sports non-fiction books.

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