Could a trade be looming on the horizons?
On Draft Insiders with Trey Wingo and Tony Pauline, the two co-hosts discussed the Cowboys’ plans for the upcoming draft, and they dropped a few interesting nuggets. Pauline, who is a draft analyst for Pro Football Network, revealed what he knew about how the Cowboys plan to use their 10th overall pick this year. Apparently, Dallas is hoping to land the best offensive lineman available in Penei Sewell.
“From what I’m hearing is, right now it looks like if Penei Sewell falls into their laps, that’s the player they’re going to select. Otherwise, it’ll be one of the cornerbacks, Patrick Surtain or Jaycee Horn,” Pauline said. Then, he added this gem:
“I’m also told the Cowboys will look hard to trade down. They are not against trading down. One of the teams I’m told is willing to trade up is the Chicago Bears, who want to trade up to get a quarterback. … If the Cowboys can move down, pick up some additional draft picks, I’m told that they are more than open to doing it. I’m not told they’re shopping the pick, but it depends on whether Penei Sewell is there and what offers they’re given.”
Cowboys 2021 NFL Draft outlook: Dallas has pre-draft meeting with former Texas quarterback - Bryan DeArdo, CBS Sports
Dallas may stay close to home with a QB selection in this draft.
The Cowboys recently met with former University of Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the 12th best quarterback prospect according to CBS Sports. Dallas is looking for a backup quarterback after losing Andy Dalton earlier this offseason. Ehlinger said his meeting with the Cowboys’ brass went “really well” during an interview with 105.3 The Fan.
“Being in the Texas area, growing up in Texas, it was kind of a surreal moment for me being able to meet with coaches from the Cowboys,” he said, via The Dallas Morning News. “Obviously, I know they are a Super-Bowl-caliber team, and it was a really cool moment for me to be able to meet with them. It was awesome.”
During his four seasons at Texas, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Ehlinger completed 62.5% of his passes for 94 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He went 4-0 in bowl games that includes Texas’ 28-21 win over Georgia in the 2018 Sugar Bowl. Along with completing over 70% of his passes, Ehlinger also rushed for three touchdowns in the Longhorns’ win over the Bulldogs.
Tyler Biadasz Remains Cowboys Starting Center, but Could That Change? - Jess Haynie, Inside the Star
Tyler Biadasz will try to lock down the center position.
So far it appears that the Dallas Cowboys are content to let Tyler Biadasz retain the role of starting center in 2021. But with the draft still to come and a few other key free agency dates ahead, could Biadasz get some more competition for the job before training camp?
About a year ago, Dallas traded up to draft Biadasz toward the end of the 4th Round. He ended up starting four games in 2020 with injuries to Joe Looney and various other members of the Cowboys offensive line
If it hadn’t been for his own hamstring injury and being placed on injured reserve, Biadasz likely would’ve finished the season as starting center. The rookie was improving as he played and eventually graded out slightly higher than Looney according to Pro Football Focus.
As of now Looney remains unsigned in free agency and the Cowboys haven’t added any other new talent with center experience. Outside of Biadasz, in-house options like Connor McGovern and Adam Redmond feel more like depth than legitimate competition.
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Round 1, Pick 10
DeVonta Smith, WR
While Kyle Pitts is dominating first round conversations, I think DeVonta Smith is the most likely controversial decision the Dallas Cowboys face at Pick 10. Pitts is too dang good to survive nine picks and if someone doesn’t plan on picking him, someone is going to try to trade up. And this pick could very well be Jaylon Waddle if he’s here since it’s the same logic.
Last week I discussed the logic of drafting a pass-catcher at 10 for the Dallas Cowboys. While it doesn’t make immediate sense today, it makes perfect sense for the team going forward. The move would ultimately let the Dallas Cowboys upgrade their WR ranks and save money over the next four years in the process.
The selling point is drafting a pass-catcher early would swing the pay disparity a little more to the defense since it would make both Gallup and Amari Cooper expendable (in 2021 and 2022 respectively).
Several capable free agents still remain on the market.
3. Gerald McCoy, DT
The Dallas Cowboys gave up the second-most rushing yards per game last season with 158.8. It was apparent early on last year that the team would benefit from adding help to the interior of its defensive line.
The Cowboys attempted to address this need last season by signing veteran defensive lineman Gerald McCoy. Unfortunately, the 33-year old did not even play a single snap with America’s Team after he suffered a season-ending quad injury that resulted in his release in August.
The Cowboys once again find themselves in a position where they are in desperate need of a big man who can solidify the interior of their young defensive line, picking up McCoy might not be a bad move to address that need. Especially in light of the news that he still believes he can play at a high level in the NFL.
Darren Woodson says if Cowboys are looking to draft a defensive playmaker, they need to ‘get one early, - Staff, DMN
The former Cowboys great speaks.
How important is it to have that playmaker at the safety position?
Woodson: “I mean, when you look at some of the guys over the years, specifically at the free safety position, the guy who can really turn the ball over, you’re looking for the Ed Reeds, you’re looking for, you know, phenomenal players that have ball hawking skills and they don’t come a dime a dozen. So I get it, I get it, but there are also options like — you don’t have to just look at the safety position, you can look at a guy like Patrick Surtain II. You look for a playmaker on the outside, maybe at the cornerback position but you could solidify some of your your secondary by going early in the draft.
“I’m a big believer in, if there is a guy at the position, safety or cornerback, and you know you need help on a different side of the ball, there’s a difference maker, you go get them. And that’s been my philosophy. I strongly believe there are some corners early in this draft that they could probably go out and could be game-changers, you could have two bookend corners. There’s some options out there. I just think if you want to fill the void, you want someone that’s gonna make a difference and not just be a special teamer or fifth-round pick, you will get somebody early that can make plays for you.”
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