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Dallas Cowboys 2021 Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

There are still five games left in the regular season for the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL Draft is about five months away at this point, but with the Cowboys struggling to hang in the wasteland that is the NFC East, it appears time to begin looking at draft prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft.

College football is still in their season, so it gives us a great opportunity to watch players that may be available for the Cowboys when they go on the clock in April. So I’ve gathered up the latest mock drafts from the last week or so for us to get an idea of the players people think are top 5-10 talents in the 2021 class. It’s incredibly hard to project how the draft will turn out in April let alone November, but these mock drafts help to provide names to consider.

Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

The Cowboys have a lot of turnover coming in the secondary in 2021. Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Xavier Woods are all free agents. There’s a possibility Anthony Brown could also be on the way out if his play continues to be up and down. That leaves the cornerback group requiring a lot of attention next offseason and Caleb Farley could be the answer to pair with Trevon Diggs on the outside.

“Dallas has several needs but cornerback is near the top of the list. Following the loss of Byron Jones, the Cowboys were void of a cornerback capable of instilling fear in the opponent.”

Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

To say linebacker is a problem for the Dallas Cowboys would be a bit of an understatement. That extends to both Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. Neither has looked like the players that were one of the best linebacker duos in the league back in 2018.

Micah Parsons has an incredible size and athletic combination that makes him very intriguing. Would the Cowboys invest a premium pick at linebacker in 2021 after doing so in 2016 and 2018. If they were going to do it, Parsons seems like a legit option.

“Six of the bottom 10 defenses at stopping the run own losing records and most likely won’t compete in the postseason. Dallas ranks 30th in rushing yards allowed per carry (4.9) and their 153.8 ground gains surrendered is second worst in the NFL. Parson’s ability to cover sideline to sideline helps him neutralize many of today’s zone blocked running schemes. An incredible tackling radius, elite level mobility and instinctual intelligence make him an ideal selection for Dallas’ beleaguered defense.”

Glynn Morgan, NBC Sports

“The Cowboys defense has been historically bad this year. Adding the best defensive player in the draft can only contribute to improving that unit. Jaylon Smith has been inconsistent and Micah Parsons will be a three-down player for the Cowboys.”

Drae Harris, The Draft Network

In their most recent mock draft released on Saturday the folks over at Tankathon.com also projected Micah Parsons to the Dallas Cowboys at pick number four.

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Oregon Offensive Tackle Penei Sewell

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

If you were to look at the Dallas Cowboys projected offensive line for 2021 on the surface, it would be odd to use a top-five pick on an offensive tackle. Tyron Smith and La’el Collins are both high-quality starters and still have plenty of years left to be effective starters. However, if you dig a bit deeper, the injury situation to both Smith and Collins brings a cloud of doubt over their long-term viability.

Penei Sewell appears to be on a similar trajectory as Tyron Smith who also came into the NFL at a very young age and possesses a ton of natural athletic ability and strength to grow into potentially one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL.

“The Cowboys have been adamant since the Dak Prescott injury that they’re going to be committed to Prescott in the future. If their word is to be believed, then Dallas must begin to inspect their roster to find opportunities to get younger and cheaper. Left tackle is a good spot to start, given the durability issues present with Tyron Smith—no matter how good he is. Sewell is the best player available at this point in the draft order. That said, Dallas will probably have suitors for this pick given the buzz around some of the other quarterbacks available. That’s a tough choice to make, but Dallas must protect Prescott in 2021 and beyond for the Cowboys to be their best.”

Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network

Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

This is easily the biggest surprise of any of the mock drafts I scoured. Matt Valdovinos does excellent work and his connections to many who cover the Dallas Cowboys gives him quality insight into the situation.

It’s certainly in the realm of possibilities and though the Dallas Cowboys front office has maintained it’s intent on signing Dak Prescott to a long-term contract, the injury and the Jones’ infatuation for cap space are wild cards in the discussion.

“The first surprise of this 2021 3 round NFL mock draft, Zach Wilson makes his way to Jerry World. Despite the Cowboys already possessing an elite quarterback, it’s hard to ignore the combination of Dak Prescott’s injury, how far the two parties were in contract talks last season, and the Cowboys sitting in a position to take one of the top quarterbacks in college football this season. I believe paying Dak Prescott is the only correct choice, but I wouldn’t put it past the Cowboys to make a business decision like this.”

Matt Valdovinos, Pro Football Network

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There will be more names pop up and get associated with the Dallas Cowboys, but this is a start. As the remainder of the college football season plays out and the early parts of the offseason unfolds, more names will be linked to the Dallas Cowboys before we get to April. This is only the beginning.

What do you think?

John Williams

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  1. The Draft starts with safety,OL with 1st and 2nd picks which ever the best player is sitting there. You pick best safety then next lineman. Then LB 3rd round.Dallas doesn’t like to go after FAs but if there’s a good OL-man out there try to get him, but in FA it’s hard to say I’m going to get a big name FA.as you know a lot of FA cost more than a franchise should pay you just see during Free agency what is available at what cost.as for as cowboys play DB’s stop giving so much cushion to wideouts sometimes it’s just pitch and catch against them get up there knock the wideout off his route

  2. I have no idea why people keep putting Micah Parsons in with our top pick in the 2021 NFL draft…. Yeah, both Smith and LVE have not been the same players, but they are still good LB! and another thing is that anybody that knows the cowboys should know that Jerry will NOT draft another LB when he already has Smith and LVE cause he’s not gonna admit that he messed up when drafting those players!! And the last and most important thing is that the things that’s being said about Micah Parsons is exactly what was said about Jaylon Smith before he got hurt in his last college game!! So to me, I think Micah Parsons will be just another Jaylon Smith!! So there’s just a few reasons why I don’t think we should draft a LB, especially with our first pick in the draft!!
    Now to the next player…. Penei Sewell…. Your right about him, he’s more than likely gonna be another Tyron Smith, he’s a once in a generation tackle, but I don’t think Jerry will be ready to move on from Tyron Smith just yet!! And another thing is that we have a couple other tackles that are capable of taking over if Tyron has to miss time and Brandon Knight is one of them!! And we have way more needs on defense to use a top draft pick on an OT!! Especially when this draft is full of really good one’s and we can draft one in the 2nd or 3rd round!!
    Now for the best option in this article…. Caleb Farley!! Now that’s what we really need!! Other than Trevon Diggs, we don’t have any corners even worth starting, and even Trevon Diggs is a work in progress!! Plus like you said, we’ll be losing Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis at the end of the season, so that only leaves Trevon Diggs and Anthony Brown, and like I just said, Trevon Diggs is the only one we’ll have that’ll be worth starting!! So we’re gonna need to draft at least 2 corners in this draft, and we’re still needing a corner that can replace Byron Jones and I don’t believe Trevon Diggs will be that guy, so with our first pick I think we NEED to draft either Patrick Surtain or Caleb Farley!! I’d personally prefer Patrick Surtain!! Like I said, we still need a shut down corner and I believe Patrick Surtain can be that guy!! Plus if we Put him and his ex teammate Diggs together in the secondary we could possibly have one of the best, if not the best cornerback duo in the NFL!! So that’s who I think we need to draft in the 1st round in the next draft!!
    Plus we’re gonna need a safety too, cause like you said, Xavier Woods is gonna be a free agent at the end of the season too, so that’ll just leave Donovan Wilson as the only decent safety we’ll have, and he’s more of a strong safety too, so we’re gonna need a free safety and there’s gonna be a few good one’s in this draft, such as Jevon Holland, Andrea Cisco and Paris Ford is pretty good too!! And then there’s safeties such as Hamsah Nasirildeen and Trevon Moehrig, but those 2 are more of a strong safety though!! But they could help when it comes to covering TEs and RBs, but I think Donovan Wilson can be that guy, he just needs to get more playing time!! So there’s the positions I think we need to worry about first in the next draft!!
    1st round. Patrick Surtain
    2nd round. Maybe OT unless we think the top safeties won’t last till the 3rd round, which is possible, and if so then we draft Jevon Holland/Andrea Cisco!!
    3rd round. Jevon Holland/Andrea Cisco, unless we have to take one in the 2nd round and if so then we draft OT, or maybe DT!!
    I haven’t had the chance to do my own mock draft yet so that’s why I stopped at the 3rd round and didn’t pick a name!! But I have the 2 main players and positions I think we need to go for first!! But when I get my mock draft done I’ll post it on here for everybody to see!!

  3. Robert…. There is no safety worth taking in the 1st round, let alone in the top 5 or 10!! And after the season we’re not gonna have any corners to get up there and knock the wide receivers off their routes!! Everybody is free agents except for Trevon Diggs and Anthony Brown and Trevon Diggs is the only one worth starting!! So we need a corner in the 1st round and we don’t need a OL, we have capable players already, but I wouldn’t care for us to draft one, just not before we get a corner, and I think the best safeties will be available in the 3rd round, so we can get an OT in the 2nd round and then pick a safety in the 3rd!! Or get an OT in the 2nd and then trade up into the middle or the end of the 2nd and get the safety!! Either way, we’re gonna need corner help bad and we still need that shut down corner we lost with Byron Jones, so as long as we get Patrick Surtain or at least Caleb Farley in the 1st round everything else should fall into place the rest of the way!! Hopefully

  4. I’d be pretty happy with any of these choices, though I’d like to see more of Garrett Gilbert before the Cowboys waste a pick on a QB. Also wouldn’t mind seeing Patrick Surtain Jr in this list.

  5. Cowboys need to decide whether their going to keep Dak or move on. It’s just an abomination that they keep this indecision going. I personally think this team is so bad, so overrated that maybe it’s time to blow it up and get some new, young players in with a new, young coach… Eric Bienemy???

  6. I would be happy with Parsons as our 1st rd pick. I think he’s the best defensive player in the draft. COWBOYS FAN- I’m not sure where your getting your info, but Parsons is a multi purpose stud who can make plays all over the field, and since LVE is one hit from going on the IR and Smith sucks it’s definitely a position of need.

    2nd rd I go best available CB and there should be some good one’s left. We have two 3rd rounders and two 4th rounders. With the 1st 3rd rounder I go OL and then all D from there.

  7. Serious question: How much could you get for Dak with a tag and trade???
    Would the Jets trade there # 1 for Dak?
    Would the Jags trade their # 1 draft pick for Dak??
    Tag Dak and shop him for the best offer.

    Would you trade Dak straight up for Pactrick Mahomes?
    Would you trade Dak for Burrow?
    How ’bout Kyler Murray?
    Josh Allen?
    No I won’t even ask about trading Dak for Russell Wilson

    P.S. I like Dak as my QB, but I need too many other players at other positions to pay Dak the money he wants.

  8. I have been watching Zach Wilson since about game 3 of BYU’s campaign and I LOVE HIM!!! So glad to see this possibility is being thrown out there. Unfortunately I think we will have to lose out to get him.

  9. SPARKMAN- The only scenario possible out of one’s u listed are if we tag Dak with the non-exclusive tag, whereas a team would need to compensate us with two 1st rd picks. Not likely to happen, so in essence it’s doubtful Dak is traded. That’s why u rarely see stars being traded.

    I like Wilson as well, but I’m not sure he is worthy of a top 5 pick. He plays in a weak conference against extremely inferior competition, so kinda hard to assess him. But he appears to be very talented and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go top five as there are many QB hungry teams out there who will take a flyer on him. My hope is that we pick high enough to dangle that pick to a team that wants to trade up for Wilson- trade down a little and pick up some extra picks. That’s the best case scenario for me, besides maybe getting Lawrence or Fields but that’s unlikely.

  10. I realize CB. is a big need, but we didn’t want to pay Byron Jones at end of his deal. Trevon Diggs will command big money likely at the end of his rookie deal, so will we really be able to do another elite CB when their rookie deal expires.

  11. Gary b,… I got my info from a bunch of places and they all say the same thing!! They talk about the things Micah Parsons can do, and how good he is, and before Jaylon Smith was drafted they were saying the exact same thing about him!! And there may be some good corners in the 2nd round, but none will be as good as Patrick Surtain or Caleb Farley!! It would be stupid to pass on a stud corner just to draft ANOTHER LB!! Especially when we have a bunch of them on the team already!! At the end of the season we’re gonna need to draft at least 2 corners cause we’re only gonna have 1 corner on the team!! So wasting picks on LBs before the 4th or 5 round would be stupid

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