Cowboys mock draft first round pick Patrick Surtain II

Dallas Cowboys 7-Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Heavy on Defense

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By Jim Bay February 21, 2021 0 Comment
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Dallas Cowboys to focus on defense, offensive line in this 7-round 2021 NFL mock draft.

The Dallas Cowboys will face some challenges this offseason. This makes it difficult to put together a team for 2021 that will want to make a serious run at a playoff spot in the NFC. The Cowboys are facing a smaller than usual salary cap. They also need to resign quarterback Dak Prescott, which should be pricey. The Cowboys will need to use the draft to build a playoff-caliber team.

The defense is one of the Cowboys’ biggest issues. Dallas’s defense will be led in 2021 by former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. However, there were other signs of trouble in 2020. Season-ending injuries to offensive tackles Tyron Smith and La’El Collins quickly showed how thin this offensive line is heading into 2021. Smith’s durability is becoming a recurring problem. The Cowboys may be thinking about a left tackle for the future.

According to Over The Cap, the Cowboys are predicted to receive a total of four additional draft selections.  They should get one of each in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds. This is due to their multiple losses of high-profile players to free agency last year.

We will focus on just the five known picks that the Cowboys currently possess for this mock draft.

Round 1- Pick 10: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Dallas may lose Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in free agency, so drafting Surtain will help fill that gap. Surtain is described as a plug-and-play NFL cornerback. He is astute, understands route concepts and breaks on them with ease, routinely will run routes for the guys he’s guarding, basically attached to their hip at times. Surtain II was one of the least-targeted cornerbacks in all of college football this past season and for a good reason. He rarely allowed anyone to get open, let alone make a catch. Surtain II is so smooth and technically sound. He pairs those skills with above-average athleticism and great zone and man skills.

Round 2 – Pick 42: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

With the only offensive pick in this Cowboys mock draft, Dallas dips back into the well of Notre Dame offensive linemen. Season-ending injuries to offensive tackles Tyron Smith and La’El Collins quickly showed how thin this offensive line is heading into 2021. Smith’s durability is becoming a recurring problem, so it might also be time to start thinking about a left tackle for the future.

Eichenberg is an excellent athlete. Not so much out in space on screens, but he’s explosive out of his stance. He builds his house in his pass set very quickly. Bends at the hips and knees, and he’s able to slide and seal against speed rushes when his feet/hands are working together. Most times, they’re in sync. Eichenberg has an old-school approach. He’s got some kick-your-butt mentality in him, something you love to see at left tackle.

Round 3 – Pick 75: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

Cisco is a true ballhawk in pass coverage, which is the first thing that stands out when watching him. He is superb at snatching passes away, as he has soft hands and can make diving catches to produce big plays for his defense. Cisco is always going for the strip on tackles and when breaking up passes. His ball awareness is terrific, and he is very cognizant of punching the ball while making tackles.

Who Will the Cowboys Draft in 2021?

Round 4 – Pick 114: Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida St.

As reported by Jake Sirkus, Wilson plays with speed and has a killer first step rushing the passer. Florida State used only three down-linemen on most plays where they were expecting the pass in 2019. This meant Wilson was essentially rushing off the edge for most of his pass-rushing sets.

Wilson aligned primarily on the interior for the Seminoles but played some 5-technique in 2020. His best fit at the next level comes for an even front defense that features him on passing downs where he illustrates good hand usage, quickness, and urgency when rushing the quarterback.

The Cowboys currently don’t have a fifth-round pick of their own after trading it to the Philadelphia Eagles last year to obtain a fourth-round pick in 2020. They also do not have a sixth-round pick after sending this year’s pick to New England in a trade for defensive end Michael Bennett. This choice should be replaced when the NFL announces its compensatory picks.

Round 7 – Pick 221: Wyatt Hubert, EDGE, Kansas St.

Another EDGE player will likely be taken earlier with one of the compensatory picks. However, this undersized, but energetic edge rusher will give the chance for the Cowboys to add depth at the position. While his experience in coverage is limited, he’s a ball of energy that doesn’t contain an off switch. His aggressive play as a pass rusher often helps him overcome his limitations, but his best asset to a team on the next level will come as a pass rusher.

 

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Jim Bay is a retired special education teacher who now likes to write about sports when he is not slashing his way around local golf course. He is also part of the ownership group for Authentic, the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeder's Cup Classic champion

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