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DT Christian Barmore’s Rising up Draft Boards, Worthy of Cowboys’ 10th Overall Pick?

A new name emerging for the Dallas Cowboys in the first-round?

The 2021 draft season is still in its early stages and yet fans around Cowboys Nation seem to have already made up their minds who they would like the Dallas Cowboys to draft with the 10th overall pick in the first round. Patrick Surtain II, Caleb Farley, and Rashawn Slater are the favorites as of right now, however, a new name is starting to emerge as well… Defensive Tackle Christian Barmore.

Christian Barmore has seen his draft stock rise significantly the last few weeks after the way he played in the National Championship game against Ohio State. He announced to the world, and more importantly NFL scouts, he’s the best defensive tackle prospect in the 2021 draft class and the next Alabama game-wrecker to bring his talents to the NFL.

Barmore was largely considered as a solid second-round prospect, but is quickly climbing many draft analysts draft boards into the mid-first round range. Dane Brugler, a well-respected draft analyst and Staff Writer for The Athletic, currently has the former Alabama DT ranked 18th overall in his recent Top 100 rankings.

There’s no denying Christian Barmore’s talents. He has the ability to be disruptive in both the running and passing game on any given down and the versatility to play up and down the defensive line. In a relatively weak DT class, Barmore could be coveted by many teams looking to upgrade the interior of their defensive line, including the Dallas Cowboys.

Christian Barmore
Former Alabama Crimson Tide DT Christian Barmore

If we learned anything from the Dallas Cowboys 2020 season the need to upgrade their defensive line is without a doubt an offseason priority. They’ve ignored investing very much money in free agency or draft capital in upgrading the position over the years. Maybe, just maybe that will change in 2021. I wouldn’t hold my breath though.

Although Christian Barmore would be a near perfect fit in Dan Quinn’s 4-3 defensive scheme as either a 3 or 1-technique, the Dallas Cowboys simply aren’t known as a team who values the DT position in the first round. In fact, the last time they drafted a DT that early was way back in 1991 when they selected Russell Maryland first overall.

Honestly, I don’t like Christian Barmore’s chances of joining the Dallas Cowboys if it’s going to require them using the 10th overall pick in the first-round. Although he definitely plays a position of “need” and will likely continue to rise draft boards the closer we get to the 2021 NFL Draft, Dallas’ draft history doesn’t support making such a move.

There is a way his chances of becoming a Dallas Cowboys increase though. The first and most obvious way would be for Dallas’ draft board to be pretty much wiped out when they’re on the clock at 10th overall and Barmore is the top ranked player still on their board. The other is to target him in a trade down scenario, which seems the more likely scenario of the two.

Only time will tell how this will end up playing out. I for one won’t be holding my breath. Christian Barmore very well may continue to climb draft boards, however, that doesn’t mean the importance the Dallas Cowboys place on his position will change between now and then, whether he’s worthy or not.

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. This article says the issue is the Boys do not draft the defense line but the Boys have used a 1 and the 2 and 3 on defense linemen with poor results.. The Taco choice is exhibit A of not being good at drafting defense line.
    The team drafts well at cornerback.
    The article misses the key issue that the Boys are not confident about its ability to judge defense linemen so it will feel better drafting a position it feels it can judge.

  2. Maybe after 25 years of mediocrity they should change their philosophy seems to me you spend a high draft pick on the middle of the defense and you start winning championships then you don’t draft another for 30 years and win 0 I don’t know but maybe rethink things but that’s just me I’m not a super smart football man but I’m not sure one is making their decisions either

  3. Cowboys have an aversion for drafting DTs early. So this probably won’t happen, IMO, even though it may be their most pressing need. They probably go CB, but still a lot things could happen between now and draft day.

  4. If Surtain/Farley isn’t there then yeah i wouldn’t mind taking Barmore there at 10 , DT is one of if not our most pressing needs on D and with the rise in stock , it’s becoming more and more unlikely that he’d even possibly be there at 2nd round pick so i’d take CB first but if like i said Surtain/Farley ain’t there then i’d take Barmore

  5. I still say the cowboys will draft a CB between Farley/Surtain. Decision might be more up in the air if it comes down to Barmore or Horn. But Horn is moving up on the draft boards ( but so is Barmore) Just not sure Barmore is considered a can’t miss prospect to justify burning that #10 pick on a DT which isn’t considered a premium position, even though it is a big need.

    But the draft often doesn’t go as predicted and there are always surprise picks. Who predicted we would draft Lamb last year? My fear is that we pass on Barmore and he becomes a bigger version of Aaron Donald.

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