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With no real NFL Draft Combine in 2021, these dates take on an out-sized importance for draft prospects

Mark these dates down for Cowboys prospects in the 2021 draft.

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The 2021 draft will be missing one big thing. Not the actual draft, but the run up to the draft will be without the regular NFL Combine. COVID-19 has taken way one of the big spectacles of the draft season when all the prospects gather in Indianapolis to get prodded and poked, analyzed, and then perform drills for the masses. There will actually be mini-Combines, but they will involve a smaller number of players getting medical-only evaluations with no drills. It will also likely happen at a few different locations around the country.

Also missing will be the in-person visits. This is really a downer for sites and fans that track those like we do as they have been a very accurate source for figuring out who the team may take, not just in the first round, but throughout the draft. It definitely helps in figuring out the positions the team is most worried about.

Instead, scouts and the fans will have to rely on Pro Days. In the past, Pro Days have been notorious for their favorable outcomes for players, especially much faster 40 times. One of the big challenges this year will be trying to standardize the results from Pro Days around the country. That was one of the big benefits of the Indianapolis Combine, everyone was competing at the same location with the same timing mechanisms, etc.

We now know when some of these Pro Days will be held. A full list of the Pro Days we know as of now is below, but let’s highlight a few that may be of interest to the Cowboys and the fanbase for the pick at #10 in the draft. We’re not sure if all these prospects mentioned below will be participating at their Pro Days, but we’ll list them anyway.

Tuesday, March 9

Northwestern - OT Rashawn Slater is a popular mock pick for the Cowboys.

Tuesday, March 23

Alabama - CB Patrick Surtain and DT Christian Barmore are the highlights from Bama.

Thursday, March 25

Penn State - LB Micah Parsons could make his case as an off-the-ball linebacker.

Friday, March 26

Virginia Tech - CB Caleb Farley should be back on the field after opting-out of 2020. Additionally, OT Christian Darrisaw is another prospect.

Michigan - EDGE Kwity Paye has all the physical gifts for a pass rusher.

Monday, March 29

Miami - EDGE Greogry Rousseau is a candidate if the Cowboys need pass rush help.

Wednesday, March 31

Florida - TE Kyle Pitts could force a big decision at #10.

Friday, April 2

Oregon - OT Penei Sewell is along-shot for pick #10, but still worth keeping an eye on.


BY DATE

(subject to change)​

Friday, March 5

Kansas

Tuesday, March 9

Kansas State

Northwestern

Wisconsin-Whitewater

Wednesday, March 10

Arkansas

Marshall

Maryland

Wisconsin

Thursday, March 11

Clemson

Nevada

Texas

Friday, March 12

Arkansas State

North Dakota State

Oklahoma

Monday, March 15

Army

Kent State

Middle Tennessee State

Vanderbilt

Tuesday, March 16

Georgia Tech

Temple

Wednesday, March 17

Arizona

Georgia

Illinois

Pittsburgh

San Jose State

Thursday, March 18

Auburn

Buffalo

Central Arkansas

Louisiana Tech

Louisiana-Monroe

Stanford

Troy

West Virginia

Friday, March 19

Memphis

Ohio

TCU

Monday, March 22

Air Force

Bowling Green

Colorado State

Florida State

Iowa

Missouri

Toledo

Tuesday, March 23

Alabama

Central Michigan

Iowa State

Nebraska

Purdue

Wednesday, March 24

Michigan State

Mississippi State

South Carolina

Southern California

Virginia

Thursday, March 25

Georgia Southern

Massachusetts

Mississippi

North Texas

Penn State

San Diego State

Southern Methodist

Tennessee

Western Michigan

Friday, March 26

Boston College

Brigham Young

Michigan

South Dakota State

Virginia Tech

Monday, March 29

Arizona State

Duke

Louisiana-Lafayette

Miami (Fla.)

Miami (Ohio)

North Carolina

Tuesday, March 30

Alabama

East Carolina

Florida Atlantic

Louisville

North Carolina State

Ohio State

Texas A&M

Tulane

Washington

Wednesday, March 31

Boise State

Florida

Kentucky

Louisiana State

Notre Dame

Wake Forest

Thursday, April 1

Central Florida

Minnesota

North Carolina (Charlotte)

Oklahoma State

Oregon State

South Florida

Western Kentucky

Friday, April 2

Oregon

Tulsa

Wednesday, April 7

Texas Tech

Friday, April 9

Alabama-Birmingham

Ball State

Houston