We are into the second week of free agency now. The Dallas Cowboys have chosen the tortoise approach to it in terms of signing outside free agents; so far they have elected to fill some spots, mainly depth players. The Cowboys did make a splashy sort of signing by landing safety/linebacker Keanu Neal, and of course they did bring back Dak Prescott and Jourdan Lewis.
We have known for about a decade now that the Cowboys believe in building their team through the NFL Draft. They could walk away with a top cornerback when it is all said and done and there really do seem to be only two main options at this point.
South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn plans to meet with the Cowboys after his Pro Day on Wednesday
It has been a busy week on the cornerback front for the draft as Monday’s news about Caleb Farley made some believe that he is now not a realistic option for the Cowboys with the 10th overall pick.
This would seemingly suggest that Patrick Surtain II, who had his Pro Day on Tuesday, would be the guy for Dallas if he is available when they are on the clock. While it would be difficult to be upset about this, it is also possible that the Cowboys choose to trade back and pick up more capital. That would be wise.
Say the Cowboys did take this approach. Depending on how far they traded back they could still land someone like South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn. Assuming there is a legitimate amount of capital going to Dallas for them to move back this would be a fine result and the Cowboys do plan on spending some time with Horn.
South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn said he plans to meet with the Cowboys after his Pro Day on Wednesday. He's already had a brief chat with them.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) March 23, 2021
We are just about a month away from the NFL Draft, but there is still a lot of time for things to change in several directions. Prepping for the possibility of Horn is a worthwhile exercise for Cowboys fans and even beyond a trade-back scenario.
What would this even entail? Well we are all obviously very high on Patrick Surtain II and while it makes sense that positionally he could last until the Cowboys pick, consider that he had a really good Pro Day on Tuesday. Like... really, really good.
CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) March 23, 2021
▪️ 6’2” (95th percentile)
▪️ 208 (94th)
▪️ 32 1/2” arms (84th)
▪️ 10” hands (96th)
4.42s 40-yard dash (75th)
39” vertical (84th)
10’11” broad (92nd)
These are REALLY good numbers for Surtain, dude was built in a lab.
The Denver Broncos sit one pick in front of the Cowboys and while their recent signing of Kyle Fuller could dissuade them from going cornerback, anything is possible. Plus there is always the possibility of someone trading up and jumping the Cowboys for Surtain.