Five Ideas for the Dallas Cowboys at the 2021 NFL Draft

  • CeeDee Lamb
  • Chidobe Awuzie
  • Dak Prescott
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  • Jourdan Lewis
  • Justin Fields
  • patrick surtain II
  • Trevon Diggs
  • Trevor Lawrence
  • Tyron Smith
By Steve Kemper December 6, 2020 0 Comment
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The Dallas Cowboys 2020 season has been about as bad it can get. With only five games left this season, it looks like a top-10 pick is a lock in their future. Let’s take a look at some draft ideas.

The safe and logical pick

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A glaring need for this team is an insurance policy for All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith. Smith is signed for three more years after 2020 but will be coming off a neck injury. How much faith can the Dallas brass keep in Smith returning to form in 2021? The safe and easy pick would be Penei Sewell out of Oregon.

He is the highest-graded non-quarterback player in this draft. The one red flag for Sewell is that he opted out of the 2020 season to focus on the draft. This should not be an issue since he would have been a top pick last year if he were eligible. This would give Dallas a top-level talent to play as an insurance policy in case Smith’s injures continue while providing flexibility at right tackle and potentially guard.

Finally, a shutdown cornerback

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Last year the Cowboys selected Trevon Diggs in the second round of the NFL draft. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Diggs get a former teammate to pair within the secondary? Patrick Surtain II would be a huge improvement to the pass defense in Dallas. He is the son of former defensive back Patrick Surtain, so he already has the NFL in his blood. Pairing him and Diggs would help the defense immediately.

Another factor is that both Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie are set to become free agents. Surtain II would be an upgrade over both impending free agents and would solidify the cornerback position with Diggs for years to come. Every year it seems like Dallas has needs in the secondary, this could be the year they finally can check that box.

Draft a Tight end in the top 10?

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The last time the NFL had a tight end picked in the top-10 of the draft was 2004 when Cleveland took Kellen Winslow Jr. Could Dallas shake things up and go all-in on offense by taking Kyle Pitts from Florida? The thought of placing Pitts in an offense with Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Ceedee Lamb, and Michael Gallup would be a nightmare for opposing coaches trying to defend the Cowboy’s offense.

Another factor to look at is the last three super bowl winning teams had game-changing tight ends on the roster. Travis Kelce with the Chiefs, Rob Gronkowski with the Patriots and Zach Ertz of the Eagles all played vital roles in their teams Super Bowl seasons There is a trend that shows Tight Ends who can block and catch passes are making bigger impacts than ever before. Knowing Jerry Jones and how he likes to make a splash in the draft, Dallas could totally go this route.

Does Dallas take a QB if it falls to them in the top five?

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One thing that is certain in every NFL draft is it never seems to play out as analysts expect. Looking at the potential order of the draft, it would make perfect sense for the Jets and Jaguars to take a quarterback early. However, with a new general manager headed to Jacksonville, could they choose a veteran quarterback like Dak instead? Dak is not signed in 2021 and the Cowboys have felt uneasy paying Dak what he has requested.

Dallas could consider taking one of the top quarterbacks in Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Zach Wilson, or potentially Trevor Lawrence should they decide to move on from Dak this offseason. It sounds crazy, but there is no quarterback signed to next year’s roster.

Dak Prescott is recovering from injury and Andy Dalton is a free agent. With Dak coming off a major injury, Dallas finds itself in some hot water. Should they pay Dak or take on a rookie?  A mobile player like Fields or Lawrence would help an aging offensive line, and all the outside weapons return.

Trade out of the top ten for more draft picks or veteran player

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This is a very logical choice for Dallas if it were looking to take advantage of a strong draft class. Having a top-10 pick means that each round the Cowboys will be looking at a high-level prospect. If Dallas decides to trade out of the top ten and get more picks, the team could look at improving the whole roster and depth through the draft.

The Cowboys could also look to trade its picks for an established veteran to help the team win now. For a team that only has a short list of needs, getting back to the playoffs shouldn’t require a roster overhaul. Getting a player who is NFL ready is a safer bet than even the surest thing in the draft. If improving this team for a potential Superbowl run is in the cards, this is the best path for Dallas.

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