It’s hard to believe we’ve made it this far, but just 15 days stand between us and the 2021 NFL Draft. Teams are finishing up their big boards, analysts are finalizing their mock drafts, and fans are eager with anticipation to see who their team selects.
For the Dallas Cowboys, the 2021 NFL Draft will be one of the most pivotal in recent franchise history. Dallas has 10 total picks in the draft, tied for second-most in the league. The Cowboys’ top four picks are all in the first 100 selections of the draft (10, 44, 75, 99).
With 10 picks in their back pocket, the Cowboys have a chance to wheel and deal and move around in this draft. If a team wants to come up for a quarterback, they could potentially move back in round one, or they could be aggressive and try to move back into the end of the first or top of the second to grab a quality prospect. Whatever route they go, finding quality players that can make an immediate impact will be key.
While it’s great to have a boatload of picks like the Cowboys do, getting the selection right in round one will likely determine if this draft class is a success or failure. It’s not often the Cowboys have a top 10 pick. They need to make it count when they do.
With the tenth pick on our mind, we asked our BTB writers to answer this question about the first round. “Which prospect is your dream fit for the Cowboys in round one, and why?”
Let us know what you think of our answers in the comment section below, and tell us which prospect is your dream fit for Dallas in round one.
Now onto our BTB Writer responses.....
It’s not very imaginative, but if the talent evaluations I am seeing are right, then Patrick Surtain II seems like a true combo of BPA and filling a real need for the Cowboys. Part of me wants to go Kyle Pitts, but if he is available for Dallas, the draft has headed in very unexpected directions, plus I really don’t want to deal with the months of
hysterical rantingheated debates about going that direction, or if the Cowboys took any offensive player. Let things get unpredictable later on, but at 10, give me a nice, logical, expected outcome that lands a truly talented player to upgrade a defense that badly needs it.
My dream fit in this draft is Christian Barmore of Alabama. Playing on a loaded roster prevented Barmore from really getting in a groove until halfway through this last season, but when he hit his stride he looked absolutely dominant. Barmore at 10 would be considered a bit of a reach right now, but I fully believe we’ll look back on this draft in a few years and say that he was unequivocally the best defensive player in the class. Plus, the Cowboys need help at DT, so it works out.
The NFL Draft. no matter what the draft experts and sports writers say, is a crapshoot. You could be getting a future hall of famer or a draft bust for the ages. This season the Cowboys are in a perfect spot to have their pick of players that have the ability to help them immediately: cornerback, offensive tackle, defensive end, safety, and linebacker. But of all of the choices the position I keep coming back to is cornerback and the best in this draft is Patrick Surtain II. His production on the field during his time with Alabama is quite impressive but even more than that is his family background in the NFL. Put that together with his size at 6’2 and 208lbs he has the size and height to battle the ever growing assortment of big receivers in the NFL. In Surtain II, you’re getting a player with the potential to be able to follow the opposing teams best receiver all over the field. That in turn makes things easier to the Cowboys pass rushers to get pressure and sacks on the quarterback.
My dream fit for Dallas in round one would be Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell. Now it’s no secret defense is a more pressing need for the Cowboys in the first round, but I believe Sewell is a blue-chip prospect they could not afford to pass up on. Sewell is just 20 years old, and won’t turn 21 until halfway through the 2021 regular season. He could come in and play guard to start and flip outside if and when Tyron Smith inevitably has to deal with an injury in the upcoming season. Currently, Dallas would have to play recently signed Ty Nsekhe or Brandon Knight at tackle if Smith goes down. In my opinion, that’s just not good enough, especially with a quarterback coming off a big-time injury. I also believe Sewell would be a good selection at 10 because of the depth of this cornerback class. Even if you take Sewell in round one, Dallas could select a corner at pick 44, or even package that and another pick to move back into round one or up in round two to take someone like Eric Stokes, Ifeatu Melifonwu, or potentially Greg Newsome.