As the 2021 NFL Draft approaches, the potential targets for the Cowboys with the tenth overall pick seems to narrow.
At this point there are three major camps: those who want Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II, those who favor South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn, and those who want to make the offense as unstoppable as possible with Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.
The national mock drafts are even more narrow than just those three, however. Everyone seems to expect the Cowboys to snag the Alabama cornerback with their first pick. Recent trades from the Dolphins and 49ers make it even more clear that offensive players will dominate the top ten, and give the Cowboys their pick of the litter for the top defensive prospect.
NFL.com recently released another mock draft, with the Cowboys taking Surtain II tenth overall.
“Team need and player value merge at the 10th overall pick, with the Cowboys getting the kind of physical outside corner they could have had in Jalen Ramsey a few years ago. Surtain is a technician who plays the ball as well as any corner I’ve seen over the past 20 years.”
Of course, no member of Cowboys Nation would find fault with this selection. But the race to be the fanbase’s favorite prospect has gotten tighter than expected in recent weeks.
Everyone knows how dynamic Kyle Pitts was in college, and he could help put this already explosive offense into another stratosphere. Then there’s Jaycee Horn, who had an incredible Pro Day where he showcased his absurd athletic traits.
But doesn’t Patrick Surtain II just feel like the perfect pick? Pairing Surtain II with his former college teammate, Trevon Diggs, would give the Cowboys two young talented building blocks as they re-form their secondary from scratch.
The Cowboys have spent much of free agency signing safeties galore, so with the tenth overall pick they should look to improve on the outside of their secondary.
Drafting Patrick Surtain II would do just that.