7-round Cowboys mock draft: With top CBs off the board, Dallas uses first pick on best player available - John Owning, Dallas Morning News
This would extremely interesting for the Cowboys draft!
With cornerbacks Patrick Surtain II and Caleb Farley off the board in this scenario, I opted for the best player available (BPA) in Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. This selection would likely mean Michael Gallup’s days in Dallas are numbered, but Waddle is worth it because of what he can add to the offense.
Listed at 5-10, 182 pounds, Waddle is a little light for the NFL, but he more than makes up for it with game-breaking speed. We see fast receivers every year in the NFL, but Waddle‘s ability to accelerate and run away from coverage is the closest thing to Tyreek Hill that I’ve seen in recent years.
And Waddle isn’t just a pure burner. He showcases impressive route running, efficient route breaks and reliable hands. Waddle is a monster in yards after the catch (YAC) and a threat to score from anywhere on the field, which also ties into his impressive return ability.
The Cowboys would need to decide whether to move Waddle or CeeDee Lamb to the outside, allowing the other to mainly line up in the slot. Waddle’s presence would make defenses respect Dallas’ vertical passing game even more than they already do, which could have benefits for the rest of the Cowboys’ weapons.
While receiver isn’t a need and fans are zeroed in on defense in the first round, Waddle is too good to pass up here with the top corners off the board. Passing on Waddle to reach for a defender with a lesser grade is a recipe for disaster, so I’m playing it safe and sticking with BPA.
Checking out Dane Brugler’s Top 100 draft board and what it could mean for the Dallas Cowboys - DannyPhantom, Blogging the Boys
Does Dan Brugler’s top 100 big board give the Cowboys defensive options at 10?
Dane Brugler is a well respected draft analyst as his thorough evaluations of college prospects come in handy as we try to figure out when certain players will be drafted. Not only that, but he’s also very in tune with how the Cowboys organization thinks and can often be found joining the DallasCowboys.com group over on The Draft Show. It’s always refreshing to see his mocks because you know it comes with a lot more credibility than your typical mock because his knowledge of the Cowboys and what they look for in their players.
So, when his Top 100 Draft Board came out, needless to say that brought about a lot of excitement as we get a look as his stacking of the top players in the upcoming draft. If you like Brugler’s stuff, I highly recommend checking out the entire article over on The Athletic (subscription required). For this article, we’re just going to focus some of the players who could be available when the Cowboys on are the clock and see what type of options they might have.
Looking at Brugler’s rankings, his top nine players are all on offense. This isn’t a big surprise as we expect things to be offense heavy early on, but how nice would it be if the Cowboys were lined up perfectly to get the best defensive player in this draft. Brugler has Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley as his top defender with Alabama’s Patrick Surtain right behind. These two are the clear top two corners in this draft and your favorite may depend on whether you prefer the high upside athleticism of Farley or the high floor fundamentals of Surtain.
The Cowboys doubling-down on their offensive line seems to be a popular strategy in some circles.
Sewell falls even further than Fields, finally landing with the Dallas Cowboys at No. 1 overall. Jeremiah acknowledges that Sewell could go much higher, but doesn’t rule out a slide to the bottom of the top 10:
Sewell could go as high as No. 3 overall to the Dolphins, but there’s a chance he slips to the Cowboys. They need to get younger and more talented along the offensive line.
While stranger things have certainly happened on draft day, it would be surprising to see both of these prospects fall outside the top five picks.
To check out Jeremiah’s complete first-round projection at NFL.com, click here.
The health of Tyron Smith has everyone guessing.
Since being drafted in 2011, Tyron Smith has been a staple of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line.
A two time First Team All Pro as well as an 8 time Pro Bowler, Smith has been one of the best left tackles in football pretty much since entering the league. He was also the first of the Cowboys offensive line renaissance, with first round selections of Travis Frederick and Zack Martin following his in 2011.
But the great Tyron Smith has unfortunately failed to play a full 16 games since 2015, and missed all but two games last season. When available Smith is still a top tier tackle, but you have to expect he’ll miss at least two to three games going forward even in a relatively healthy season.
Leaving us with the question, do the Cowboys need to find left tackle help this offseason?
Our Jess Haynie referenced the possibility of actually cutting Smith this week, though I am not in agreement with that potential move. Still it’s becoming evident that offensive line may once again be an area of need for the Cowboys, especially after the putrid injury luck they suffered upfront in 2020.
Will COVID effect 2021 NFL Free Agency?
We talk a lot about how this year’s salary cap will affect the Cowboys because that’s our team, but surely it will affect other teams as well; might there be cap casualties that we aren’t considering at the moment that the ‘Boys might be able to pick up? And might the asking price be lower this year because of the limited cap? Thanks. — MARCUS WHITT / MULLENS, WV
David: That’s a really wonderful point, and it bears watching as free agency gets closer. I don’t know everyone else’s cap situation as well as I know the Cowboys’, but there are plenty of teams with a lot of work to do. The Saints, Eagles and Rams are all teams that are going to have to shed some salary. So, yes, I think you’re right. The cap crunch could lead to an influx of talent available on the market. Whether or not the Cowboys can capitalize on that, we’ll have to wait and see.
The Cowboys offense is strong, it might be time for the defense to get some fixing up.
It can be argued that the inability to stop the run lies squarely on the shoulders of the players along the front seven of the defense. And its this unit that Jesse Holley addressed during a recent episode of Hanging with the Boys on the team’s official website.
“I talked to someone this past weekend who was inside the locker room. This football team was too small defensively. It was too small defensively upfront. It was too small in the middle. And so that’s why it got pushed around … you’ve got to get some legit players in here.”
The Cowboys likely recognized this fact last offseason. That’s why we saw the front office uncharacteristically spend significant money on two former Pro Bowl free agents to bulk up the interior of their defensive line.
Unfortunately, that plan failed after defensive tackle Gerald McCoy suffered a season-ending quad injury before the start of the season. And veteran defensive tackle Dontari Poe would play only seven games before his poor performance got him released by the team at the midseason point.
Facing an expected drop in the salary cap this year due to the impact of the pandemic, the Dallas Cowboys being able to find the monies to address this issue and give new defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, the resources he needs will be difficult. If this team is looking to infuse talent into this front seven, it will likely have to do so via the draft.
A goodbye to Alicia Landry, the wife of Tom Landry, RIP.
Sending our deepest sympathies to the family & friends of Alicia Landry. pic.twitter.com/LycxkeiWWZ— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) January 22, 2021
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