This compensatory pick was awarded to the Cowboys after losing DE Robert Quinn in free agency last year. Quinn turned his strong 2019 season into a lucrative contract with the Chicago Bears, which now benefits Dallas.
Streak is over. Cowboys go offense at last, selecting former Marshall tackle Josh Ball at No. 138 overall. They opened draft with six straight defenders.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) May 1, 2021
Ball started his college career at Florida State but was suspended in 2018 for an accusation of dating violence. He left FSU and spent a year at Butler Community College before joining Marshall in 2019.
The Cowboys are hoping to have their full veteran cast at offensive tackle this year with Tyron Smith and La'el Collins coming back from injury, plus free agent signing Ty Nsekhe at swing tackle. But Ball brings raw talent for development and perhaps upgrades over Brandon Knight and Terence Steele in that area.
Welcome to the Cowboys, Josh Ball!