Now that one of the questions for the Dallas Cowboys has been answered with the hiring of Dan Quinn as their new defensive coordinator, it’s time to move on to another question for the Cowboys, the draft. The Cowboys have shown in the past that they aren’t going to be locked into taking a player that everyone believes they must take. They’ve shown this by neglecting the safety position for the last few years.
After the season they had in 2020, there are going to be a multitude of positions that either need to be filled or in need of depth. Offensively they are pretty sound but need depth at offensive line. On defense, they need help at all levels of the defense but mainly at safety, cornerback, defensive tackle, and linebacker.
With that said, let’s dive in with a four-round mock draft (prospect rankings from the Draft Network).
With the 10th pick in the NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
Caleb Farley - Cornerback - Virginia Tech
Many early reports have the Cowboys taking a hard look at Patrick Surtain II from Alabama. If you’re looking for another very good cornerback with more speed, then Farley is your man. He’s actually taller than Surtain II but weighs less, but not by much. Farley is a physical cornerback with the ball skills you look for in a cornerback, he also very fluid in his ability to stay attached at the hip to receivers.
The only knock on Farley is his injury history in which he tore his ACL in 2017 and dealt with back spasms in 2019. If the Cowboys do take a look and they believe he’s physically healthy, then drafting Farley could be a nice complement to last year's second-round pick in Trevon Diggs.
With the 42nd pick in the NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
Wyatt Davis - Guard - Ohio State
The Cowboys aren’t a team afraid to take players high in the draft that are coming back from injuries which leads them to another possible steal in the draft in Davis. Davis went down with a leg injury in last night's college national championship game. He is seen as a potential first-round pick by some, so getting him with the 42nd pick is really a steal. The Cowboys have the ability to let him get healthy if needed with Connor Williams and Connor McGovern both able to step in.
Davis brings a mauler mentality to the Cowboy's offensive line much like right guard Zack Martin. Putting him at left guard would give the Cowboys two mean and effective run blockers upfront.
With the 74th pick in the NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
Tyler Shelvin - Defensive Tackle - LSU
The Cowboys once again had issues with their run defense due, in part, to the up and down play of their defensive tackles. The Cowboys have been missing a big body in the middle that can take on double teams, and if left one-on-one can still create a pass rush, that’s where Shelvin comes into play. He has the size and a quick first step for a man of his size and he would be a great complement to Neville Gallimore’s quickness.
He uses his hands well and can hold the point of attack allowing his linebackers and fellow defensive linemen to stop the run and get to the quarterback. This pick would go a long way in shoring up the Cowboys run defense.
With the 99th pick in the NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
Monty Rice - Linebacker - Georgia
The Cowboys have a need at linebacker and they take care of it in the third round by selecting Rice. Rice may fall in the draft due to his lack of height and length, but that he makes up for it elsewhere. Rice is strong against the run and does a good job in underneath coverage, both things the Cowboys linebackers struggled with this season.
The Cowboys could also be losing linebacker Sean Lee this offseason and adding a linebacker with 219 career tackles in college would be a welcome addition. He could struggle to disengage from blocks due to his short arms, but the Cowboys could use an active linebacker to round out their group.