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High Draft Pick at Safety Feels Unlikely for 2021 Cowboys

I've seen plenty of 2021 that have the taking a with one of their early picks. But based on this team's and the moves already made at the position this , it still feels like we're at least a year away from Dallas making a significant draft investment at safety.

Nobody's crazy enough to project the Cowboys taking a safety with the 10th-overall pick on Thursday night. But there have been suggested scenarios where Dallas trades down from that pick and takes TCU's in the back half of the , or trades up from the 44th pick to land the draft's top safety.

You'll see even more mocks that have Andre Cisco, , or some other 2nd-round prospect going to Dallas if they stand pat at their original 44th pick.

Prioritizing the safety position hasn't been part of the Cowboys' team-building strategy for a long time. Nothing higher than a 6th-rounder has been used on safety from 2016-2020. And while they did spent a 1st on in 2015, he played as a rookie.

But outside of the rare here or an Akwasi Owusu-Ansah there, Dallas hasn't generally used premium picks at safety. Not since in 2002 has a 1st or 2nd-round pick gone to the position.

You might convince me that the Cowboys would change that M.O. in 2021 after hiring as . He's seen the value of highly-drafted safeties with and newly-signed Cowboy in some of his past stops.

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However, Dallas has already made several moves this offseason to add bodies and options at the position. Damontae Kazee and Jayron Kearse were added in , with Kazee having started for Quinn the last few years in Atlanta.

The aforementioned Keanu Neal, though officially coming to the Cowboys to play , is also in the mix. He could still get looks at safety in certain packages and especially if other options don't pan out.

Donovan Wilson is still here, and surprisingly so is . Plus there's the 4th-round pick from last year, Reggie Robinson, who will reportedly be continuing to work at safety in 2021 after moving there from cornerback as a rookie.

Unless Quinn's arrival or frustration about past results have moved the needle with Dallas' , this already feels like max effort based on the team's modern handling of the safety position. It's hard to see them spending a 1st or 2nd-round pick after already making these other moves.

By no means is this to say that Moehrig or even one of the second-tier prospects wouldn't be an upgrade over present talent. But the Cowboys seem to take the term “” quite literally when it comes to safeties; they just don't invest heavily ithere.

The 2021 Cowboys will likely hope that Donovan Wilson continues to grow and solidifies himself a late-round steal. They'll hope Damontae Kazee is an upgrade from and that improvement throughout the helps both to have strong seasons.

If these hopes don't come true, perhaps 2022 is when Dallas finally makes safety a top draft priority again. But unless there's been a significant change in strategy from the 10+ years, don't expect a high pick at safety this week.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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