In sports, everybody has opinions. More often than not, people are going to disagree. Yet, every year, the main media outlets shell out grades for each of the 32 NFL team’s draft classes. The Dallas Cowboys got mixed reviews about both their individual picks and the overall draft class as a whole. If you ask Jerry Jones, the nine players added to the roster show the team has improved and they are just as good as they were heading into 2021 (despite losing Amari Cooper, Randy Gregory, and others).
Members of the media did not seem to agree with Jones. The grades were also incredibly varied. Some were as high as B + and some as low as D-. Of course, none of these grades really matter until we see how these prospects are able to play on the field. Last year at this team, there were people doubting the Cowboys’ selection of Micah Parsons, and look how that turned out.
In this article, we collected a variety of grades from the top media outlets to see what they thought about the new additions to Dallas. Remember, these are overall grades rather than grades about any round.
The Dallas Cowboys get mixed grades from the media for their 2022 NFL Draft class
Bleacher Report: B-
Bleacher Report’s list of grades criticized the front office for choosing Tyler Smith when Jermaine Johnson and George Karlaftis were on the board. The site applauded the Cowboys for their selections of Jalen Tolbert and Sam Williams, two choices they felt evened out of the odd choice of Smith. They believe Smith’s future in the NFL (given his rawness) is entirely based on how Joe Philbin coaches him.
PFF: B +
This was the highest grade received by the Cowboys. Pro Football Focus actually liked the choice of Smith noting his intense upside and aggressive play. The writer also noted that Matt Waletzko was a great choice for Round 5 due to his impressive developmental traits.
This NFL.com grade article hilariously listed Smith as “sushi raw.” It also mentioned that the Cowboys seemed to take “the long view” on many of their draftees. In other words, guys like Smith and Waletzko have potential and physical attributes, but they are really a gamble. Additionally, a guy like Damone Clark is incredibly talented, but his skills cannot be used for at least several months.
CBS Sports: B
CBS Sports, like most, deemed Smith a “project.” However, the site appreciated that the Cowboys got high value prospects with their second and third-round picks. The writer also appreciated that Dallas didn’t start to let up or make mistakes in later rounds.
Yahoo Sports: C
Yahoo Sports deemed Tolbert their favorite pick and Smith their least favorite of the class. The site didn’t like that there was so much unknown with all of the Cowboys’ picks. Can Smith’s traits lead to skill? Will Williams have off-field character issues? Will Clark be able to play at all this year? There is no one who is a sure-fire Day 1 starter.
USA Today Sports: D-
The argument here is that Smith could’ve been picked up in a later round. Beyond that, there are still immediate holes to fill on the defensive line and other positions.
How would you grade the Cowboys 2022 draft class?