By this time next week we will all know what the Dallas Cowboys did during the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and while there aren’t a ton of conceivable options, this thing could still go in a few different directions.
Many believe the Cowboys will ultimately stand firm and pick between one of two cornerbacks, Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II or South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn. The mothership released a portion of the team’s interview with the latter on Thursday and he noted why he believes he is the best player at the position in the class. Although he didn’t really say much.
Of course, the Cowboys could take a tackle in Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater if the board falls that particular way, but outside of that there don’t seem to be a lot of practical ways that this could unfold. Some have suggested that the Cowboys could trade back if another team is particularly quarterback-hungry, but there is also a sector of folks who think the team might trade up.
There doesn’t to be any real rhyme or reason for why Dallas would feel compelled to move up and give up assets to do so in the process. For what it’s worth, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that that is the one direction that they will not be moving in.
Smokescreens abound, but of this fact I’m (pretty) sure: Don’t expect the #Cowboys to trade up from No. 10 in the first round. Their love for #Florida TE Kyle Pitts has been noted, though they join a long list. But they aren’t expected to come up for him (or anyone).— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2021
The only player that the Cowboys would theoretically be trading up to get would be Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. There is certainly an argument for taking Pitts at number 10, but the crux of the argument is the insane value that it would be at that spot. By trading up the Cowboys would be compromising the very reason that would justify the pick.
Part of the luxury of having a top 10 pick is that there is certainly going to be a very good option for you when you are on the clock and what’s more is a number of options. The Cowboys are guaranteed to walk away with a great player on Thursday night, they just have to be a teeny bit patient for it to happen.