The 2021 NFL Draft is merely a month and a few measly days away (April 29-May 1). The big event of the offseason is almost here! Before we know it the Dallas Cowboys will be on the clock with the 10th overall pick in the first-round, but as of now there is no inkling of an idea as to who they could be targeting.
Today, I thought I would share with all of you who my Top 5 targets are for the Dallas Cowboys in the first-round if they do indeed select at their current slotted position. Keep in mind this is what I would personally do, not necessarily what I think the Cowboys would do. Because of that I’m sure there will be several of you who strongly disagree with my selections.
Let’s take a look, shall we!?
#5 – FS Trevon Moehrig, TCU
I know many of you will scoff at the idea of the Dallas Cowboys using the 10th overall pick on Free Safety Trevon Moehrig, but I’ll politely disagree. He’s a Top 15 player in this year’s draft class in my opinion and would be a perfect fit in Dan Quinn’s system as that single-high centerfield type of safety. I’d prefer to take him later in a trade down scenario, but if he ends up being one of the top rated players still on the board I wouldn’t hesitate writing his name down on the draft card.
#4 – OL Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
Unless Penei Sewell somehow slides to the Dallas Cowboys in the first-round I’m not a big fan of drafting another offensive lineman this early. But, a case can be made it’s an underrated need due to the shuffling and lack of depth Dallas had along the OL last year due to injuries. In that case, Rashawn Slater makes a lot of sense. He’s one of the few blue-chip players in this year’s draft class and can play all five positions. That kind of versatility and talent could be invaluable.
#3 – CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
For many the Dallas Cowboys top target with the 10th overall pick in the first-round will be Cornerback Patrick Surtain II and for good reason. His technique and consistency on the outside during his time at Alabama has earned him that right, and yet, I think he could be a “what you see is what you get” prospect. That’s not a bad thing, however, I think he could get surpassed by other CBs in this draft class once in the NFL because they offer more upside down the road.
#2 – CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
Physicality, attitude, and versatility sets Jaycee Horn apart from other cornerbacks in the 2021 draft class, including Patrick Surtain II. Not only does he carry the NFL bloodlines, but he has the size/speed/length combo Dan Quinn likes in his outside CBs. I believe he would be a perfect fit and provide some much-needed physicality and attitude to the Dallas Cowboys secondary. He’s currently my CB1 this year and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s Dallas’ as well.
#1 – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
Unpopular opinion I know, but Kyle Pitts is my top target for the Dallas Cowboys with the 10th overall pick. He’s a generational type talent and a true mismatch player the Cowboys can use in a variety of ways. I fully understand the defense needs more help, but if he slides to the Cowboys in the first-round it’s a no-brainer for me. In fact, he helps the defense by helping Dallas’ offense become even more lethal which should increase the unit’s ability to score at will.