Cowboys 2022 mock draft: ESPN, Mel Kiper, continue to ignore what the Cowboys are saying and doing

It’s a running theme with the people over at ESPN. Instead of mocking players to the Dallas Cowboys that the team has already telegraphed as holding interest, they keep using their own biases and likes to give the Cowboys the players they want. Mel Kiper is the latest to fall into this trap.

24. Dallas Cowboys

Arnold Ebiketie, DE, Penn State

McShay is getting tired of me talking up Ebiketie, but I’m a fan. I wanted to find a fit for him in Round 1. The Temple transfer really improved last season, putting up 9.5 sacks. He has a powerful lower body and knows how to use his hands. The Cowboys have to find a way to replace Randy Gregory, and Ebiketie could help. They could also target a guard or wide receiver here.

Okay, let’s break down this pick. In the abstract, it’s fine. Maybe it’s a reach at this point in the draft but guys who can rush the passer are always in demand. On that level, fine.

But let’s look at it in the context of what the Cowboys have done and said this offseason.