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2021 NFL Draft: Will the Dallas Cowboys Draft a Safety Early?

Many mock drafts have Dallas drafting a safety early, but will they?

When it comes to positional value, safety seems to rank near the bottom or at the very bottom of the Dallas Cowboys list. They have clearly devalued the position and have chosen to invest very little money or draft capital in the hopes of finding an upgrade for years now. Maybe, just maybe, things will change in 2021.

Believe it or not, this looks like to be a good year to find a safety if the Dallas Cowboys finally decide to upgrade the position. There are several intriguing options on the open market, however, with money likely being tight the draft seems like the cheaper and more logical place to find that upgrade. And yet, even that goes against the organization’s draft history.

Sadly, the Dallas Cowboys have gone nearly 20 years without drafting a safety in the first two rounds. The last time that happened was back in 2002 when they selected Roy Williams – a five-time Pro Bowler – eighth overall. Since then Dallas hasn’t drafted a safety any higher than the fourth round.

Roy Williams
Former Dallas Cowboys S Roy Williams

If you’re a believer in what history can teach us, that doesn’t exactly bode well for the chances the Dallas Cowboys will draft a safety early in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Cowboys have clearly devalued the position over the years, despite the outcry from fans around Cowboys Nation hoping and screaming for them to do otherwise.

With that in mind though, there is hope that could change this year. That’s especially true if you want to believe that many Dallas Cowboys mock drafts floating around the Internet. If that’s the case, former TCU S Trevon Moehrig should already start calling his home Dallas. He is without a doubt a favorite of many for the Cowboys with their second-round pick.

Unfortunately, we really have no way of knowing what the Dallas Cowboys will do in the 2021 NFL Draft and they don’t either. Draft day is still a long ways away and a lot can happen between now and then. Until then though, we can hope and dream Dallas will change their ways about the value, or the lack thereof, in the safety position.

Will the Dallas Cowboys draft a safety early 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. It looks like there will be good safeties available even up till maybe the third round, so it may not be necessary to snag one that early. That said, Moehring does seem to be a fan favorite and would be a good pick in 2nd. We definitely need to upgrade our D backfield.

  2. Part of the reason that safeties are undervalued is the perception that it isn’t a premium position thus it’s not worthy of a top pick. The other reason is very few true difference maker type safeties come out of the draft in any given year.

    Take this upcoming draft for example. Moehring who is acknowledged by most as the best (but not by much) is only projected as a 2nd rd level prospect. He doesn’t really excite anyone but is simply perceived as the best available.

    Besides the center position is there another position that is more undervalued? Players will be picked in the 1st rd at every position in every year of the draft except center and safety.

  3. Agreed Gary b on how undervalued Safety is , and i don’t get why it is , Safeties are your last line of defense you need guys back there that are smart and can see the field and can figure out what the offense is gonna do, they got to be fast, patient, and be able to see what happens before it happens , I don’t get why it’s so undervalued cuz of how difficult it is to play safety, it’s easier IMO to go play CB when your job is go guard one guy , at safety you don’t guard just one specific guy unless it’s called on as a play, you have to guard your entire zone or your side of the field and can’t give up anything deep on your side of the field. It’s easier to play DE cuz your only job is to go get the QB which is tough and occasionally stop a RB if he goes to your side of the field but like i said the safety has a lot more on his plate

    Safety is a lot like a MLB and yet MLB is regarded as one of the most important positions as they’re the “QB” of the Defense

  4. Look at the Steelers , they get Minkah Fitzpatrick and they start rolling on D , now yes they REALLY GOOD at a lot of other positions but they weren’t like what they are now till they got Fitz at safety

  5. My List of most important positions on Defense

    MLB or ILB







    4-7 can be argued as far as which is more important but i feel pretty confident about 1-3 as being more important than 4-7

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