Hyatt wasn't in the first-round conversation heading into the 2022 season but he's a great example of a player taking advantage of his opportunities, thanks in large part to Hendon Hooker's Heisman Trophy campaign. Hyatt is a bona fide deep threat who consistently stacks defensive backs who were helpless to do much about it all season.
The Cowboys' defense took a step forward this year, but there was still one glaring issue: the corner position opposite of Trevon Diggs. This position was consistently thrown at by opposing offenses. Drafting Keele Ringo with this pick allows for the Cowboys to have two CBs that have height, length, and great ball skills that should help make this one of the best defenses in the NFL.
The Cowboys need way more production, obviously, in Year 2 from third-round receiver Jalen Tolbert, but they could consider adding to their receiving corps here. Another major need is shoring up the team's corner spot opposite Trevon Diggs, as that position was a rotating door after the injury to Anthony Brown, an impending free agent. Forbes is a slender cornerback with good length, speed, instincts and ball skills. He finished his collegiate career with more pick-sixes (six) than most corners had regular interceptions.
Jerry Jones loves himself some big-name running backs (Emmitt Smith, Herschel Walker, Ezekiel Elliott), and this could be the time for a refresh while also saving cap space. Tony Pollard made the Pro Bowl, but he is set to be a free agent and fractured his left fibula in the playoffs; Ezekiel Elliott could be cut for salary cap purposes. Robinson was the best running back in college football with 1,580 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns as a junior last year. He's also a threat out of the backfield, with 60 catches in his Texas career. With Mike McCarthy taking over the offense, Robinson would be a useful and versatile weapon.
Torrence has allowed just two sacks over 47 career starts and more than 1,400 pass-block snaps. With Connor McGovern's contract expiring, there is a hole on Dallas' offensive line, and Torrence is a brick wall against power rushers. He looked great at the Senior Bowl two weeks ago, too.
The Cowboys' pick might come down to how the board plays out, though. They might be enticed by Bijan Robinson if he's available, given Tony Pollard is a free agent and Ezekiel Elliott could be a cap casualty. And the WR2 spot behind CeeDee Lamb needs consideration, because Michael Gallup didn't make much of an impact last season. Depth at cornerback and edge rush shouldn't be ignored, either. I'm intrigued by how Dallas approaches these next few months and how the board sets up for this pick in April.
The Cowboys need someone to play opposite of Trevon Diggs. Forbes is a three-year starter in the SEC and has improved every season for the Bulldogs. He will need to bulk up (his tackling is suspect), but his instincts and ball production have been phenomenal with 14 interceptions in his collegiate career — a FBS-record six returned for a TD. His ball-hawking ways will fit in nicely with Dallas.
Dallas uses first- and second-round picks on stack linebackers as often as any team in the league. Simpson's cover and run-stopping skills could be a big help for the defense if Leighton Vander Esch and/or Anthony Barr leave via free agency.