The Dallas Cowboys hold a fairly nice position in the 2021 NFL draft with the 10th overall pick. It’s not enough to get the sure blue-chippers, and it won’t be the prime trade up spot for teams looking for quarterbacks, but it does slot nicely for one scenario. A top-ranked pick sliding down the board. Every year, someone expected to go in, or near, the top five stats sliding, and a team gets a steal. That is when the concept of best player available comes in.
We discussed best player available as it pertains to the 2021 draft and the Cowboys previously, but that was on a more general level. Let’s now pull up a specific scenario.
What if tight end Kyle Pitts is available at pick #10?
The Dallas Cowboys could go in myriad directions after their disastrous 2020 season.
First, they must decide what to do with quarterback Dak Prescott, though he figures to be back one way or another. However, the defense is in shambles, and left tackle Tyron Smith’s status remains unknown after yet another injury-plagued season.
Tight end won’t come to the forefront of the Cowboys’ problem areas. However, they can’t overlook the possibility of adding a prospect the caliber of Florida’s Kyle Pitts with the 10th overall selection.
Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz are solid contributors, but Pitts is a difference-maker as the premier mismatch in the upcoming draft class. Putting him alongside wide receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb with Ezekiel Elliot at running back would give Prescott an embarrassment of riches.
The reasons for not taking Pitts are easy to point out. One, the Cowboys defense is a mess and they desperately need talent on that side of the ball. Two, the Cowboys will have a decent tight end combo next year in Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz.
On the other hand, is Pitts a once-in-a-generation talent at tight end? Could he be the next Travis Kelce, or Rob Gronkowski in his prime? Could he one day be considered on par with Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates?
He could certainly be the BPA on the board when the Cowboys pick comes up. As pointed out earlier today, he is fifth in Dane Brugler’s rankings. Pro Football Network also has him fifth, and the Draft Network has him eighth. He is in the Top 10 on almost all boards.
There is also the future to consider. Dalton Schultz is a free agent after the 2021 season. Blake Jarwin is also someone the Cowboys could drop after the 2021 season with minimal salary cap impact. And while both those players have shown they have skills, neither are in the class of what Kyle Pitts is likely to become.
There is also the future of Michael Gallup. If the Cowboys can’t bring him back after 2021, having Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Kyle Pitts would still be formidable.
So what say you BTB? Team 50-burger? Or should the Cowboys address their defense no matter what?