NFC Power Rankings: Where do the Vikings rank after the 2022 NFL Draft?

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6. Dallas Cowboys

No one is arguing against the fact that the Cowboys have a bunch of talent on their roster. The question is just whether Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy is the right guy to get the most out of it.

With their first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, the Cowboys added former Tulsa offensive lineman Tyler Smith. Dallas views Smith as their left tackle of the future and he will have the chance to become the team’s starting left guard this summer.

His impact likely won’t be felt immediately, but Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott should at least be happy that the team is investing in guys to protect him.

5. Arizona Cardinals

Instead of adding a rookie to their roster in the opening round of this year’s NFL Draft, the Cardinals decided to trade away their 2022 first-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for wide receiver Marquise Brown.

Brown, who was college teammates with Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray, is one of the fastest receivers in the NFL today. The Cardinals are going to need him to make an impact almost immediately next season following the six-game suspension of DeAndre Hopkins.

With the selections that they actually did have in the draft, Arizona was able to add the top tight end in the class in Colorado State’s Trey McBride and a pair of talented pass rushers in San Diego State’s Cameron Thomas and Cincinnati’s Myjai Sanders to help make up for the departure of Chandler Jones earlier this offseason.