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

Dallas Cowboys 2021 draft class based on Matt Miller’s 7-round mock draft.

Matt Miller, a longtime Staff Writer and Draft Analyst for the Bleacher Report, decided to invest in himself and created his own website ( where he now publishes all of his NFL draft 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 Dallas Cowboys.

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 mock draft rules:

  • No trades
  • No compensatory picks until they’re all announced by the NFL.
  • Team needs are pre-free agency, which means some top tier needs will be met by re-signing 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

Rashawn Slater is a blue-chip player with the versatility to play any position on the offensive line and someone who could replace Tyron Smith immediately with the Dallas Cowboys if needed. Matt Miller did bypass CB Patrick Surtain II 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 defensive line. 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 Christian Barmore better – he went two picks later – or one of the top CBs 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 Anthony Brown. I’d personally have gone with CB Ifeatu Melifonwu here. He fits Dan Quinn’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 gambling a little bit on to see how he fits the scheme. He would provide much-needed depth behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory.

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 opinion. I don’t think he’s anything more than a career backup and special teams player, which is not bad for a sixth-round pick. I’d personally go with Garrett Wallow here instead, a converted safety who I believe has starting potential at WILL LB in a 4-3 defensive scheme.

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 Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson potentially leaving via free agency after the 2021 season. In the meantime he would provide much-needed depth and special teams value in the return game.

My pick: Same

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. Great analysis Brian. I would also select C. Barmore DT, in the second round. Though I don’t believe he will be available by then. A CB would be a must in the first round.

  2. The only way Barmore slips to the Cowboys if he fails a drug test. Agree with everyone on the first pick. You want to know what happens to a team when it loses both its OT, go watch the Superbowl. Best Defense is an offense that keeps its defense off the field.

  3. Not bad mock but idk if Parsons or Pitts are there in his mock , but if they are IMO I’d go that route with first pick ,

    2nd pick , I’d be SHOCKED if Barmore lasts to 2nd round , though it maybe possible cuz I thought the same thing with Diggs , I thought there was no way he would last till 2nd round last year , so anything is possible I guess

    And I’m with you Brian on going with Melifonwu at 3rd pick

  4. If M Parsons is available with the #10 pick I would run to the podium. He’s considered by many the best defensive player in the draft. For those that say LB isn’t a premium position, watch Devin White in the SB. He was a one man wrecking ball making plays all over the field. He went #5 overall in 2019. These modern day LBs are more athletic and multi purpose, and thus can impact the game in many ways. Devin White had NINE sacks in 2020 from the LB position.

    I know we need a CB but more then anything else we need game changing defenders. The draft class is deep in CBs this year, so we can still get a good one at #44. Besides it’s not like Farley/Surtain are D Sanders types.

    If Barmore fell to us at #44 I would be doing cart wheels, but not likely. If not go CB then best available DT/Safety or LB with our two 3rd rd picks

  5. “If Barmore fell to us at #44 I would be doing cartwheels, but not likely “

    I’d be willing to wager you said the exact same thing last year about Diggs? As hard as it may seem, you can’t depend on “reasonable” things happening on draft day. Barmore did not play to the level the world watched in the Championship game all season … he has some question marks.

  6. Well u would have lost that wager. I wasn’t exactly lusting for Diggs and while he showed promise last year, we still don’t know how good he will end up being.

    I would still take Barmore who plays a big position of need at #44. He’s very young and could be just scratching the surface of what he could be.

    Of course any projection of a player or how the draft will fall is all conjecture. We’re just looking at scenarios and having a little fun with what we would like to see happen. Don’t take urself so serious.

  7. yeah and a lot of mocks I’ve seen have also had Barmore even be as high as 14th overall to Vikings so we can’t know for sure where Barmore or other players will land , is it possible he falls to 44 ? maybe , is it likely ? No , probably not

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