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Depth Chart Based on 2021 Offseason Guide to Fix the Dallas Cowboys

What the Dallas Cowboys depth chart could look like in 2021.

After sharing with you my attempt at being the General Manager in my 2021 offseason guide to fix the Dallas Cowboys I thought I’d show you what the projected depth chart would look like based on the moves I’ve made. Sometimes a visual aid helps to put things in a better perspective.

Let’s take a look…

OFFENSE

Dallas Cowboys 2021 Depth Chart
POSITION FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM
QB Dak Prescott Garrett Gilbert Ben DiNucci
RB Ezekiel Elliott Tony Pollard Rico Dowdle
FB Jamize Olawale Sewo Olonilua
WR (X) Amari Cooper Kyle Pitts
WR (Y) Michael Gallup Cedrick Wilson
WR (slot) CeeDee Lamb Malik Turner
TE Kyle Pitts Blake Jarwin Dalton Schultz
LT Tyron Smith James Hudson Brandon Knight
LG Connor Williams
C Tyler Biadasz Joe Looney
RG Zack Martin Connor McGovern
RT La’el Collins Terence Steele

 

As you can see, there isn’t much change from the Dallas Cowboys depth chart last season to my projected 2021 depth chart. Getting back several starters from injuries is the key to the Cowboys offensive success in 2021 and other than that the only new additions I made were TE Kyle Pitts and OT James Hudson.

Kyle Pitts is someone I think Dallas could utilize in a a variety of ways. I think he compares favorably to Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans or Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Walker, which is why I have him listed at both positions on the depth chart. James Hudson’s addition upgrades the Cowboys swing tackle position and gives them someone to eventually replace Tyron Smith.

DEFENSE

Dallas Cowboys 2021 Depth Chart
POSITION FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM
RDE Randy Gregory Aldon Smith Bradlee Anae
LDE DeMarcus Lawrence Dorance Armstrong Ron’Dell Carter
3-tech Gerald McCoy Trysten Hill Neville Gallimore
1-tech Malcolm Brown Antwaun Woods Lorenzo Neal Jr.
MLB Leighton Vander Esch Foyesade Oluokun Francis Bernard
WLB Jaylon Smith Jabril Cox JaCoby Stevens
CB1 Richard Sherman Ifeatu Melifonwu
CB2 Trevon Diggs Maurice Canady
CB3 (slot) Anthony Brown Keith Taylor Jr.
SS Talanoa Hufanga Donovan Wilson
FS Marcus Williams Reggie Robinson II

Obviously the most of the Dallas Cowboys offseason turnover will be on the defensive side of the ball. I believe the additions I made are all arguably upgrades and should improve the overall play from what was one of the worst defensive units in the league last season. Of course, not everyone will likely feel as I do.

I believe Gerald McCoy is an upgrade over Tyrone Crawford and Malcolm Brown and upgrade over Antwanu Woods, which will go a long ways in helping the Cowboys run defense. At linebacker trading for Foyesade Oluokun gives the Cowboys an experienced, young LB who could challenge for a starting job and the same could be said for Jabril Cox. JaCoby Stevens provides versatility and depth at LB and SS and should be a key special teams player.

I believe I completely revamped and made over pretty much the entire Cowboys secondary secondary. Richard Sherman provides much-needed veteran experience and someone who knows and has excelled in Dan Quinn’s system. His addition should help Dallas’ young CBs transition into a new defensive scheme and into the NFL go much more smoothly.

At safety the Cowboys finally get a difference making type of free safety in Marcus Williams, who would be a perfect fit in Quinn’s heavy Cover 1-3 coverage scheme. And even though Donovan Wilson is probably a capable starter at SS, I think Talanoa Hufanga is an upgrade and someone who can excel in a Kam Chancellor type of role in and around the line of scrimmage.

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. I really hope they don’t overpay Sherman. He’s getting old and has lost a step. I’m not saying he isn’t still good but he’s gonna want all pro money for avg play.

    • I added him as a free agent under the presumption his age and the fact he only played five games last season would make him a relatively cost-effective signing. But if that’s not the case I’d look elsewhere for some veteran CB help.

    • How so? Biadasz, Looney, and McGovern can all play center and then you have Martin, Williams, McGovern, and Brandon Knight who can play OG or OT. That’s three deep at least at both C and OG.

  2. I’m coming around on drafting Pitts at 10 , but it’s a scary thought that we would need to rely on Sherm staying Healthy though the amount of points we’d score with Pitts might offset that though

    • The Cowboys would just need Richard Sherman to stay healthy long enough for one of the young CBs to get their feet under them and get used to the speed of the NFL. Even if he did stay healthy, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone overtook him for the starting job before midseason.

  3. I think the Cowboys should look to add a RB whether it’s a mid to late round pick , or someone through free agency , idk about Zeke and i like Pollard but is he worthy of becoming a eventual starter if Zeke turns for the worse like what we’ve seen with other RBs ?

    • I’m really not all that concerned about Zeke. I think he had a bad year in 2020 and will bounce back this season. I can understand your concern though. The 2021 RB draft class is pretty deep and they could probably add some depth in the later rounds or even an undrafted free agent.

  4. Assuming this is the roster I would not put Richard Sherman at CB1. He does not have that kind of skill anymore. Have Trevon man the CB1 (he’ll grow into it) and have Richard man CB2.
    I’m not nearly as high on your corner or your strong safety selections in your draft and I seriously doubt they’ll ever be more than good depth and special teams players while I see Pro Bowl potential in Donovan so I’d switch that as well.

  5. Dude we dont need a tight end especially at the 10th pick, we have 2 capable starting tightends on the pay roll, one was signed to a multi year contract just last year …at this point Dak is out QB so Defense is 1st, maybe by the draft we will know more about our offensive line situation if the front office deems it a risk then we go offensive line but as of right now we need defense….NOT A TIGHT END

  6. Marcus Williams and Richard Sherman feel like an “or” option rather than an “and”, financially. The team could fit both plus Brown with enough cap creativity, but that would leave things awfully tight and kick a lot of money into the future.

  7. So Dallas in this scenario Dallas is going to sign/tag Dak, add Sherman, a veteran S, a veteran LB, re-sign Aldon Smith and Looney, pay a top 10 draft pick and the rest of the draft class which includes possibly 4 additional comp picks and fig it all under a lower salary cap? How exactly does that work?

  8. I see issues with taking pitts even if you believe him to be a huge threat we still have Schultz who had a pretty good season and is a standard TE and jarwin who is more of vertical threat TE. If we don’t take Dak then we must trade up to the two spot and take Wilson and give the jets our first next years second and a player because they still don’t know what they’re doing with darnold either

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