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2021 NFL Mock Draft: One analyst has the Cowboys improving their secondary with a top five pick

Would you be happy with this Cowboys selection in the 2021 draft?

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There are five games remaining for the Dallas Cowboys this season and what happens over the course of them is going to go a long way at determining their 2021 fate. Perhaps you think that the Cowboys should tank. Maybe you want to see them try to win the lowly NFC East. We live in a fascinating time as the Cowboys are still well alive in their division while they also could conceivably wind up with a top three pick. As noted, the next month and change will be interesting.

Soon enough, the season will indeed be over, and the focus will be on the NFL Draft. Last year’s talent selection period was a rather prosperous one for the Cowboys as their 2020 Draft Class was respected all across the league. We can only hope for a similar set of results in the spring and obviously the higher the pick the higher the odds are of success, theoretically of course.

Dane Brugler has the Dallas Cowboys improving their secondary with their top five pick

As things currently stand the Dallas Cowboys hold the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Last time that Dallas picked that high was also at pick number four and it was five drafts ago when the team took Ezekiel Elliott back in 2016.

Debate at that time centered around the aforementioned Elliott or a star cornerback prospect in Jalen Ramsey. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler released his first mock of the season on Monday and he has the Cowboys going the opposite direction which is something that a lot of people might like to see.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

If the Cowboys have a chance at Sewell, I don’t think they pass on him. But if he is off the board (like in this scenario), that leaves two options: trade down or take the top defensive player available. This draft class lacks a no-brainer top defender like Chase Young a year ago, but Farley is an ascending cornerback with size, speed and ball skills.

Just like it ultimately played out in the Zeke year, Dane Brugler has two quarterbacks going at the top of the upcoming draft. This means that only one non-quarterback goes before the Cowboys take Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley, according to Brugler. That selection belongs to the Cincinnati Bengals at the moment and Brugler has them taking Oregon tackle Penei Sewell.

There is no question that the Cowboys are going to have to make moves to address their secondary over the offseason. Trevon Diggs will be an obvious cornerstone for their plans, Anthony Brown will be a nice veteran presence, but both Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis are on expiring deals. A youth movement is sorely needed.

Time will tell as to what pick the Cowboys ultimately have and what player is the best usage of it. Trading down is an option, but there would likely need to be a quarterback for someone to come up and get if that were to be the case.

Would you be alright with this?