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Dallas Cowboys Draft: Patrick Surtain, the Forgotten Man

There is a growing swell of support for Kyle Pitts to be the Dallas Cowboys selection with the 10th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. As rumors circulate of a potential decline in his draft stock, the possibility of Penei Sewell appears to be growing. The buzz surrounding two prospects that otherwise were unavailable a month ago has overwhelmed the support for Alabama Cornerback Patrick Surtain.

But it shouldn’t. The buzz on Sewell and Pitts will fade as we edge closer to draft night and they’ll resume their place among the top nine picks in the draft. So as the draft approaches, it will become clear that Patrick Surtain will be the selection for the Cowboys.

Why?

First of all, he’ll most likely be available. Aside from some mock drafts that have projected him to go number nine to the Broncos, the Cowboys have been by far the most popular destination for the Alabama cornerback.

As the top of the draft is littered with quarterbacks and skill position players, Surtain, arguably the top defensive player in the draft will find his way to 10.

In this draft, there isn’t a player that fits a glaring need for the Cowboys and is the best at his position like Surtain does. Though there might be some rookie growing pains, Surtain slides right into Dan Quinn’s defense at cornerback opposite of Trevon Diggs.

Even with Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, and Maurice Canady on the roster, the Cowboys have a glaring need for an outside cornerback.

Surtain fits the bill. He has the requisite size and length to play in Dan Quinn’s scheme and showed fantastic coverage and ball skills in college. His speed and athleticism will allow him to transition to the NFL game a little more smoothly than some other positions.

While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement surrounding two of the elite prospects in the draft, rightfully so, the league isn’t going to forget about them either. Certainly anything’s possible, as we saw last year with CeeDee Lamb. But as the draft date approaches, don’t forget or minimize the player or the impact that Patrick Surtain can have for the Dallas Cowboys.

It may not be as flashy or as exiting of a pick as Kyle Pitts or Penei Sewell or one of the top wide receivers in the draft, but there isn’t a player that makes as much sense for the Dallas Cowboys as Patrick Surtain does. Even if Kyle Pitts or Penei Sewell fall to 10, the Dallas Cowboys may still go with Surtain, because that’s just how much sense he makes for the Dallas Cowboys.

What do you think?

John Williams

Written by John Williams

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  1. Good article John , I agree going with Surtain at 10 if Pitts and Sewell is gone (which they will be by then) , I’d also consider Parsons still at 10 too

  2. Horn has to also be under consideration for this spot with Surtain. I pound the table for defense also, especially cb, but I dont know or believe Dallas passes on a generational talent like Pitts!!!

  3. Please just draft a defensive player. At some point Jerry must realize we can’t win without a defense. Somehow he just can’t resist sexy appeal of offensive talent.

  4. Don’t think Pitts will be an option Sewell probably will be available there’s really three I would consider of the players I think will be available Sewell and either Horn or Surtain their a toss up slightly favoring Horn definitely not Parsons LB available later

  5. Boy is this writer horribly wrong, you got to be a real Cowboy fan to know this, the Dallas Cowboys do not, I repeat , do not draft need whatsoever!!! The Dallas Cowboys do not even draft because this guy fits with Dallas perfectly, nope!!! The Dallas Cowboys draft best player available if you like it or not and they have proven that throughout the years. Way back in the day they drafted for need and when they did, it got them into big trouble and over reaching for a certain position. Not anymore folks, we draft best player available

  6. Boy is this writer horribly wrong, you got to be a real Cowboy fan to know this, the Dallas Cowboys do not, I repeat , do not draft need whatsoever!!! The Dallas Cowboys do not even draft because this guy fits with Dallas perfectly, nope!!! The Dallas Cowboys draft best player available if you like it or not and they have proven that throughout the years. Way back in the day they drafted for need and when they did, it got them into big trouble and over reaching for a certain position. Not anymore folks, we draft best player available

  7. pitts first if available, sewell 2nd, rashan slater 3rd and then surtain and if horn then trade down to get horn

  8. Yes I agree if the player Dallas wants is not there,without any take the best player available except at wide receiver, think defensive player

  9. I prefer Parsons because I think he is more likely to be a pro bowl calibre player and would make a more immediate impact vs a CB who can take years to develop if at all.

    That said I wouldn’t be disappointed if we take Surtain or Horn. Both good players at big position of need.

  10. With respects to the “experts”, the statement to take Surtain over BPA is ludicrous. If a generational tackle like Sewell or the next Megatron (Pitts) is available at #10, Yes, Patrick and possibly Horn would be a GREAT fit to Dan Quinn’s defense. But thanks to the depth in this year’s draft, other corners, linebackers and safeties will also be there at #44 and beyond. Landing Penei Sewell would help to shore up the O-Line for the next decade. And despite the usual gripe that “Jones only looks at offensive stars”, if Kyle Pitts is there, he becomes a Cowboy with no second thought.

  11. Dallas Cowboy usually promote drafting not for need, but for the best player available. That’s why as a Cowboys fan, I’ve been disappointed for the past 20 years. “A jack of all trades is a master of none,” which is why year after year, we fall short of not only championships, but even playoffs. In real life, when there is an urgent bill that needs to be paid, I don’t ignore this and spend my last dollar on Disney Land because it’s generational entertainment. How many “generational talents,” have proven to be generationally ineffective in the end?

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