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2021 Dallas Cowboys offseason dates have been announced - Blogging The Boys, RJ Ochoa

The dates have been solidified and we now know when the Cowboys will take the field next.

With free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft in the books the next major thing of note throughout the National Football League is training camp.

Of course between now and then there are some other notable points including OTAs and minicamps. As the world was still early on in the fight against Covid-19 at this time a year ago all of the normal offseason things like this were cancelled altogether.

It appears that the league feels comfortable enough with the way that things are - with protocols in place - to move forward with a more traditional offseason on this front. On Thursday dates for the Cowboys’ OTAs and minicamps were announced which is very exciting.

Seahawks claim former Cowboy CB Saivion Smith off waivers - Dylan Mickanen, Yahoo Sports

Dallas began releasing players in order to sign draft picks and get under the roster limit, Smith quickly found a new home in Seattle.

The 6’1, 200-pound cornerback recorded three tackles (two solo) in 2020 for Dallas, seeing playing time in eight games. All three tackles came against Cincinnati in Week 14.

Coming out of IMG Academy, he signed with LSU as the nation’s No. 1 cornerback by Scout and a 5-star prospect by 247Sports. He lasted a year in Baton Rogue, playing in ten games, before trasnferring to Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. junior college. In 2018, he signed with Alabama as the nation’s No. 1 JUCO cornerback and No. 2 JUCO propsect. With the Crimson Tide, he played one season recording 60 tackles, three interceptions (led team), 5 passes defended and a forced fumble.

2022 NFL Draft: Compensatory pick projections for every team - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

After losing free agents and signing a handful themselves, where does Dallas currently sit for possible 2022 Compensatory picks?

The number of compensatory picks allotted each year is limited to the number of teams in the league (32), per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. However, compensatory picks are not divided equally among the teams, and no team can receive more than four compensatory picks in a single year. To qualify for compensatory picks, teams must end up with more or better qualifying free agents lost than gained in a particular year.

Teams are awarded compensatory draft picks between Rounds 3 and 7 based upon a formula, which is not released by the league, that takes into account a player’s average salary per year (APY), snap count and postseason awards. While there is an expected level of compensation for a player based on the amount he has signed for, his playing time (or lack thereof) in the upcoming season could alter the expectation.

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Projected compensatory picks: Round 4.

Key free-agent losses: Chidobe Awuzie (Bengals), Andy Dalton (Bears), Cameron Erving (Panthers).

Key free-agent additions: Tarell Basham, Keanu Neal.

Comp-pick analysis: Dallas lost three qualifiers and signed two. Based on my projection, Dalton’s deal is left bringing the Cowboys a fourth-round pick — even if Dalton loses playing time at some point to rookie quarterback Justin Fields.

Cowboys Should Add FA Richard Sherman Post-Draft to Complete Defensive Rebuild - Chris Roling, Bleacher Report

After drafting two cornerbacks last weekend, do you still think its a good idea for the Cowboys to add a veteran corner to the mix?

Richard Sherman and the Dallas Cowboys feel like the perfect pairing.

Jerry Jones loves razzle and dazzle with his Cowboys. And if there’s anything he likes more than a big headline that attracts attention to America’s Team, it’s making moves that improve the Cowboys on the field.

Why not pull off a move that does both?

Even casual fans know the story of the Dallas defense. The unit was a disaster in 2020 under coordinator Mike Nolan, who reported to new coach Mike McCarthy. Things were historically bad en route to allowing 29.6 points and 158.8 rushing yards per game. They generated just 31 sacks, and formerly elite players like Jaylon Smith looked out of place.

Dallas Cowboys: Nahshon Wright reach, incomparable to Travis Frederick - Reid Hanson, SportDFW

Many media and fans alike felt the Cowboys went and got Wright too early, as was the sentiment when Dallas drafted Travis Frederick, but the two situations are not similar.

No scout worth his salt was predicting Frederick to go in the fifth or sixth round. He was considered the best in the class and the first C/G to go off the board. Travis Frederick No. 1 and he went No. 1. Nahshon, on the other hand, was Dane Brugler’s 38th CB and he was drafted 12th – not exactly the same kind of reach situation, is it?

Mike Mayock, one of the most respected draft analysts at the time said of the Frederick pick, “I had a third round grade on this guy.” Most other scouting sites placed the future Hall of Famer between Rounds 2-3.

The Dallas Cowboys were debating between Frederick in the first or the second round. After trading back, their first round pick was No. 31. Their second round pick was No. 47 so we’re only taking about a 16 pick delta here – nothing like the 90 pick reach Stephen is trying to sell you on.

Fehoko: “No Reason I Can’t Be Best WR” In Class - Jonny Auping, Dallascowboys.com

Many fans are excited to see what Simi Fehoko can do, and many think he could be a draft steal. He wants to be the best receiver in this class.

Fifth-round draft pick Simi Fehoko is one of the older players in this year’s draft class, and that might have caused a few teams to shy away from the wide receiver in earlier rounds. But the worldly experience and perspectives that he brings to the Dallas Cowboys would help him in any professional environment, including the NFL.

After high school, Fehoko, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, went on a two-year Mormon mission in Seoul, Korea before starting his college career at Stanford.

“That was huge,” Fehoko said of those two years between high school football and college football. “It gave me a chance to really mature. Going and dropping yourself in the middle of a foreign country, not knowing the culture or language or anyone there and having to learn that. You’re on your own and you have to learn that by yourself.”

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