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2021 NFL Draft: Way-Too-Early “Pet Cats” for the Dallas Cowboys

“Pet cats” for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With just three regular-season games remaining in the 2020 NFL season the focus for teams around the league is going to start shifting towards the 2021 NFL Draft in April. This big event can make or break a franchise and its one the Dallas Cowboys will rely heavily upon to upgrade their roster.

I don’t know about you, but I think I might enjoy the draft season a little bit more than I do the actual regular-season. I truly love evaluating each years NFL hopefuls, especially how they fit in with the Dallas Cowboys. That’s why I decided to share with you some of my way-too-early “pet cats”.

Each prospect listed below is someone I’d absolutely love to see end up with in Dallas after the completion of the 2021 NFL Draft. Based on need and fit I tried to select players the Cowboys could realistically target, so the list varies too early to late-run prospects and even potential undrafted free agents.

Let’s get started… Shall we!?

QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

Desmond Ridder
Cincinnati Bearcats QB Desmond Ridder

Desmond Ridder is the QB nobody’s talking about, but probably should be. Dual-threat ability, great athleticism, prototypical size (6’4″, 215), and a strong arm makes him an intriguing prospect. I wouldn’t be surprised if he works himself into the conversation with Kyle Trask and Mac Jones in the second-tier group of QBs in the 2021 draft class. If the Dallas Cowboys are looking for someone similar to Dak Prescott, the soon to be former Cincinnati QB possesses a similar skill set.

RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State

Trey Sermon
Ohio State Buckeyes RB Trey Sermon

Physical is what comes to mind when I think of Trey Sermon. He reminds me a little bit of DeMarco Murray with his upright running style and the way he likes to be the aggressor as both a runner and pass protector. The Oklahoma transfer hasn’t played much at Ohio State, but he’s still a three-down back with starting potential in the NFL. He is good enough to be a mid-round selection, however, it’s also possible his transfer and late 2019 knee injury could cause him to go undrafted.

WR Dazz Newsome, North Carolina

Dazz Newsome
North Carolina Tar Heels WR Dazz Newsome

The Dallas Cowboys already have a really good WR trio in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb, but could use some more depth behind them. Dazz Newsome could absolutely be that guy. He is a dynamic threat out of the slot on all three levels of the field and is a dangerous punt and kick returner as well. In any other draft I’d say he’s a Top 100 selection, but the depth of the WR class will likely push him into Day 3.

TE Shaun Beyer, Iowa

Shaun Beyer
Iowa Hawkeyes TE Shaun Beyer

The Dallas Cowboys have two capable starters at TE in Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz, but that shouldn’t keep them from trying to upgrade the depth at the position. Shaun Beyer is such a player. He was stuck behind TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant before they entered the NFL and even afterwards was rarely used. The former WR turned TE has mostly done the dirty work as a blocker, but has shown flashes of being a receiving threat. I believe he is tapped full of potential.

OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC

Alijah Vera-Tucker
USC Trojans OL Alijah Vera-Tucker

If the Dallas Cowboys want to kill two birds with one stone then targeting Alijah Vera-Tucker in the 2021 NFL Draft would be a no-brainer. As a top prospect at both LG and LT, Vera-Tucker could be a versatile chess piece the Cowboys lacked in 2019. He is a plug-and-play starter at both positions from Day 1. That kind of versatility could be invaluable, especially considering Tyron Smith’s questionable long-term health and status with the Cowboys moving forward.

EDGE Jayson Oweh, Penn State

Jayson Oweh
Penn State Nittany Lions DE Jayson Oweh

At 6’5″, 257 pounds Jayson Oweh is exactly the kind of DE prospect the Dallas Cowboys should target in the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s still a little bit raw, but he’s an athletic freak with all the tools to become a starter in the NFL. Behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory he would be allowed time to develop until he’s ready to take on a larger role and in the meantime would be an excellent rotational piece as a situational pass rusher.

DT Tedarrell Slaton, Florida

Tedarrell Slaton
Florida Gators DT Tedarrell Slaton

The talent level of the DT class in the 2021 NFL Draft is pretty weak in my opinion, but there are a few prospects who could help upgrade the Dallas Cowboys defensive front. Tedarrell Slaton is one such player. At 6’5″ and around 350 pounds, Slaton is exactly the kind of big bodied, space eating DT the Cowboys need to anchor their DL. He doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher, but he’s an immovable force as a run defender. That’s exactly what the Cowboys porous run defense needs.

LB Chazz Surratt, North Carolina

Chazz Surratt
North Carolina Tar Heels LB Chazz Surratt

Chazz Surratt is one of my favorite linebackers in the entire 2021 draft class. I think he’s one of the most instinctive and physically gifted LBs this year, despite being relatively new to the position after switching from quarterback. He has outstanding physical traits as far as size and mobility are concerned and could probably challenge Jaylon Smith or Leighton Vander Esch for a starting job as a rookie. His ceiling is as high as any LB prospect coming out this year.

CB Josh Jobe, Alabama

Josh Jobe
Alabama Crimson Tide CB Josh Jobe

Josh Jobe earned a starting job in 2020 after playing a backup role behind Trevon Diggs and Patrick Surtain II the past few seasons. He’s been heavily targeted by opposing QBs trying to avoid throwing to Surtain’s side of the field and more than rose to the challenge. The 6’1″, 190 pound physical CB leads the team in passes defensed and has arguably been their MVP on the defensive side of the ball. He is also an outstanding special teams player and plays on nearly every unit.

S Andre Cisco, Syracuse

Andre Cisco
Syracuse Orange S Andre Cisco

Andre Cisco is a highly productive centerfield type safety prospect the Dallas Cowboys could absolutely use on the backend of their defense. He led the ACC in interceptions in 2018 and 2019 and might have done it again in 2020 if an ACL injury didn’t cut his season short. He’s expected to be 100% for the NFL Combine and could very well be the first safety selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. I think he’d be a plug-and-play starter from Day 1 with the Cowboys.

Who are your “pet cats” for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL Draft?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. Brian, agree with Slaton, he is just what we need to shore up our run defense. Cisco, Surratt, Jobe are also players that we could definitely use. I would be defensive heavy. Although a RB would be be a good backup plan in case Zeke doesn’t improve.

  2. As a buckeye fan I usually have a little bias in grabbing such players but trey sermon has been a big disappointment this year with RB1 up for grabs when master Teague had achilles issues. He’s been awful to watch even running behind one of the top offensive lines in the country. I thought if he even had half of what JK Dobbins had he’d be up for a great year. He had a golden opportunity to dramatically boost his draft stock by transferring to OSU but now I can see why he was jumped by a younger better player at Oklahoma.

    • I think Sermon’s 2019 injury at Oklahoma, his transfer, and the lack of practice time prior to the start of the season due to COVID might have to do more with his lack of immediate impact at Ohio State than anything. I like him, but more as a late-round/undrafted prospect. Maybe I should have clarified that better in the article.

  3. I think the TE from Fla is a no brainer…Kyle Pitts is going to be a beast. Let’s go get him. Our TEs are decent but not a real threat

    • I think the Dallas Cowboys are covered with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz at TE for next season. Pitts is a luxury they don’t need IMO.

  4. We need to draft all defense plus a quality offensive tackle that can be swing tackle for a year and starter 2022.
    Something like..
    1st CB Surtain/Farley
    2nd OT Vera-Tucker/Leatherwood
    3rd LB Surratt ( dudes a beast)
    3rd S Cisco/Ford
    4th DT Slayton/Shelvin
    4th S Nasirildeen
    5th CB Jobe

    And then maybe a late round wide receiver, Running back, linebacker, Backup QB.

    Would be really cool to have our cornerback depth chart be
    1) Trevon Diggs
    2) Patrick Surtain
    3) Anthony Brown
    4) Rashard Robinson
    5) Josh Jobe
    6) Savion Smith

    4 Alabama Boys that all played together in college. And have Donovan Wilson, Cisco, Reggie robinson, Nasirildeen as the safeties. Give em a solid year of playing together and would turn our secondary into a strength of the team.

  5. I can only hope that Jerry will read this sometimes in the future. But there’s a saying in the NFL that defenses win Super Bowls and he spent all his Draft picks on offense. it would be nice to see 80 percent if not all of the picks on defense this year

  6. Brian, we have a lot of the same pet cats this year. Love Dazz as I think he would be an excellent compliment out of the slot in 4WR formations, as well as being a returner. Could be my bias for my Tar Heels. Of course, I would love to see Surratt on this team as Sean Lee’s replacement and insurance on Jaylon. To be so new to the position, he has excelled instincts and is only going to get better. Love Slaton as you’re right, he’s exactly the big bodied 1Tech this team currently doesn’t have on its roster. Cisco is my 2nd favorite safety in the draft, only behind Moehrig. Love Cisco’s ball-hawking ability, just feel Moehrig is a little more well rounded as a sure tackler. If we go for a strong safety type, I really like Ford from Pitt too. For edge rusher, Oweh would make a ton of sense. Kaindoh from Florida State is another guy I’d keep my eye on after Paye and the Miami guys. Love the OT/OG pick, even though I’d love to get my hands on Leatherwood from Bama. Lastly, at corner, I think I would prefer Farley over Surtain as I feel like his ceiling is higher due to his protected measurables, and the fact that he too is still learning the position. Surtain’s testing numbers will be crucial. After those two guys and Horn, I’d like to possibly double dip in this draft and Target another guy in later rounds like TJ Carter from Memphis. With so many pending free agents this year in our secondary, coming out of this draft with 2 corners and at least 1 safety is critical.

  7. Trade back …pick up Slater n a extra 2nd….the rest of the picks defense….safety corner ..DT…LB…..bring back Doomsday!

  8. Kinda hard to focus on specific players when you don’t know who will be available when you pick or where the value is. 1st rd maybe but after that it’s draft BPA available at the positions of need.

    It’s likely we go CB in the 1st rd Surtain/Farley unless the uber talented LB Micah Parsons is available. Every pick after that should be defense aside from an O-lineman maybe 2nd or 3rd rd

    I know we need help on the back end, but unless we address our porous D Line, teams will continue to run for 300 yds againest us. A talented run stuffing D Tackle is sorely needed, though the draft is thin at that position this year. That position is not typically drafted high but wouldn’t be surprised to see us go there in the 2nd/3rd rd (maybe Barmore is available with one of those picks) ?

    We also need a free safety in the worst way, and Cisco could still be available in the 3rd rd especially considering he’s coming off an injury. Other slightly lesser needs that should be addressed are DE and LB.

    We have nine picks and besides getting an Olineman (at no lower then one of our 3rd picks) all should go to defense. We have needs at several positions so would be careful not to reach for a position. This will be a draft where we can adopt the BPA approach.

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