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2021 NFL Draft trades: Cowboys now hold the highest pick of all NFC East teams

After some shuffling of draft picks, the Cowboys move to the front of the line for the NFC East.

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We are only about a month away from the 2021 NFL Draft. The annual draft is always an exciting event, but it is all the more intriguing when your team holds a high pick. Due to the painful season in 2020, the Dallas Cowboys hold the 10th overall pick which promises to have a lot of options on the table.

There are undoubtedly going to be several quarterbacks taken in the first nine picks, and the more that there are the better the situation is for the Cowboys. The Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets seem to be prime candidates to take signal-callers with the first two picks, but it appears that number three will also be one now, too.

Why is that, you ask? On Friday, the San Francisco 49ers traded up with the Miami Dolphins to acquire the third overall pick in the draft. What’s more is that shortly after that the Dolphins jumped back into the top 10 (they had acquired number 12 overall from San Francisco) by trading with the Philadelphia Eagles.

It should be noted that the third-round pick that Miami got from San Francisco is actually in 2022 as well as that the 2022 first-rounder that Philadelphia got from Miami is their own, not the one that they acquired from the 49ers. Got it? Good.

Ultimately, it likely would have been better for the Cowboys if the Eagles had kept playing musical chairs at quarterback and taken one at number six this season, but there are certainly plenty of pros to them moving just as many spots back. With the Eagles sitting at number 12 now there is no way that they will land LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase or Florida TE Kyle Pitts which means that the Cowboys won’t be having to face them twice a year. That is very good news.

What’s more is that Philadelphia’s retreat also means that the Dallas Cowboys now hold the highest pick in the NFC East at number 10. In fact picks 10 through 12 will be Dallas, New York, and Philadelphia back-to-back-to-back.

As noted we are about a month away from figuring out who is going to end up where. The Cowboys are going to have a lot of options at number 10 overall and at a few different positions.

They will also now get to watch two of their division rivals sweat it out while they are on the clock.