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Matt Miller’s 2021 7-round Mock Draft: Cowboys Land Tyron Smith’s Replacement

, a longtime Staff Writer and Draft Analyst for the Bleacher , decided to invest in himself and created his own website ( where he now publishes all of his content. He recently released his first 2021 7-round NFL mock draft and as a subscriber I have the pleasure of sharing with you who he selected for the .

Before we get to Miller's picks for the Cowboys you probably need to know the criteria for which he based his selections.

Matt Miller's rules:

  • No trades
  • No until they're all announced by the NFL.
  • are pre-, which means some top tier needs will be met by re- current players.
  • This mock is based on what he's hearing, not what he would do.

Now that all of that is settled let's take a look at who Matt Miller selected for the Dallas Cowboys. For an added bonus I included who I would have selected for the Cowboys based on the players still available in each round as well.

Let's get started, shall we!?

Round 1, Pick 10 – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

is a blue-chip player with the versatility to play any position on the and someone who could replace immediately with the Dallas Cowboys if needed. Matt Miller did bypass CB and QB Trey Lance in favor of Slater and I think I'd have to agree with him. I believe Slater is the safest pick of the three and someone who's versatility/talent can be utilized in a number of different ways.

My pick: Same

Round 2, Pick 44 – Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington

Levi Onwuzurike is another versatile player with position flex who could help upgrade the Dallas Cowboys . He's capable of playing the 1 and 3-technique, although he's probably best suited for the latter due to his size (6'3″, 290). Personally, I like better – he went two picks later – or one of the top still available here in the second-round for the Cowboys. Onwuzurike makes a lot of sense though and he does fill a need.

My pick: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Round 3, Pick 75 – Shakur Brown, Michigan State

This is the first head scratcher from Matt Miller's picks for the Dallas Cowboys. Shakur Brown is no doubt a talented player who's just started to scratch the surface of his talent, but I don't think he's what the Cowboys are looking for in a CB right now. I think Brown is at his best in the slot where the Cowboys already have . I'd personally have gone with CB Ifeatu Melifonwu here. He fits 's mold better (6'3″, 212) for his outside, press man CBs.

My pick: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

Round 4, Pick 106 – Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami

Quincy Roche is viewed as a mid to late second-round pick by many, so to get him in the fourth-round would be a steal for the Dallas Cowboys. However, I think he may be better suited as an OLB in a 3-4 scheme rather than a DE in Dallas' 4-3. His value and upside though is probably worth a little bit on to see how he fits the scheme. He would provide much-needed depth behind and .

My pick: Caden Sterns, S, Texas

Round 6, Pick 168 – Monty Rice, LB, Georgia

Matt Miller probably would've liked to draft a LB earlier than this for the Cowboys, but that's just not the way things fell. Monty Rice is a solid prospect, but one with very little upside in my . I don't think he's anything more than a career backup and player, which is not bad for a sixth-round pick. I'd personally go with Garrett Wallow here instead, a converted who I believe has starting potential at WILL LB in a 4-3 .

My pick: Garrett Wallow, LB, TCU

Round 7, Pick 202 – Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina

I personally think Dazz Newsome is close to being a Top 100 pick, so for him to still be available for the Cowboys in the seventh-round would be absolutely amazing. He'd likely have a minimal role as a rookie considering Dallas' WR depth, but could become a key offensive weapon in Year 2 with and potentially leaving via free agency after the . In the meantime he would provide much-needed depth and special teams value in the return game.

My pick: Same

Brian Martin
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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