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Matt Miller’s Mock Draft 2.0: Dallas Cowboys Land Defensive Upgrades

Matt Miller selections for the Dallas Cowboys from his mock draft 2.0.

Former Bleacher Report Staff Writer/Draft Analyst Matt Miller is at it again. He recently released his Mock Draft 2.0 where he predicts the first three rounds with trades and compensatory picks included. You have to be a subscriber to see the mock draft in its entirety, but I can share with you who he selected for the Dallas Cowboys at least.

Let’s take a look and then discuss…


Round 1, Pick 10 – CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

Caleb Farley would fill a position of need and fits Dan Quinn’s preferred parameters for a tall, lengthy cornerback. I can’t find any fault in Matt Miller’s selection here and I highly doubt the Dallas Cowboys would either.

Round 2, Pick 44 – OT James Hudson, Cincinnati

With both Tyron Smith and La’el Collins returning from season-ending injuries and the need for depth behind them, James Hudson absolutely makes sense. He’s a DT turned OT with arguably the highest ceiling of any LT prospect in the 2021 draft class.

Round 3, Pick 75 – DT Marlon Tuipulotu, USC

The Dallas Cowboys need to upgrade their defensive front is obvious and Matt Miller’s selection of Marlon Tuipulotu helps in that area. He provides much-needed depth and can probably play either the one or three-technique in Dallas’ 4-3 defensive scheme.

Round 3, Pick 100 – EDGE Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame

The selection of Daelin Hayes is the first and only head scratcher I have from Matt Miller selections for the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas could use more depth at DE, but I don’t know how well Hayes fits Dan Quinn scheme. I believe he’s more of a hybrid defender.


Overall I don’t have anything really negative to say about the players the Matt Miller selected for the Dallas Cowboys in his mock draft 2.0. I think each and every pick makes sense, with the exception of maybe Daelin Hayes. I just don’t know how well he fits Dan Quinn’s defensive scheme since he played mostly out of a two point stance during his time at Notre Dame. Other than that though, I would be completely happy if this is how the Cowboys first three rounds played out.

What do you think? Do you like Matt Miller’s picks for the Dallas Cowboys?

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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. While picking an OT in the second round may be needed in the long run, I don’t like drafting for backup positions when we need starters. Farley at 10 and Tuipulotu at 75 makes sense. But we also need a safety and slot corner. And a pure 1 tackle would be nice.

  2. Yes I like this. There appears to be no DL worthy of a first round pick. I would be good with an OL in first round but would have to good enough to justify cutting Tyrone smith and using his $ to sign Awuze/Lewis. But if we have one decent OL in second then yea, take cb then ol then keep Tyrone smith. Don’t know if we any solutions at DT but our LBs and DBs will suffer until we can get one monster in middle to stop run and pressure – not sack, just pressure center of pocket. Don’t believe our DBs or LBs are that bad. OurDTs aren’t getting it done. After this, I would roll dice on 4 or 5 for a Leon Lett or Ratliff type risk player.

  3. Farley pick is ok I feel there a couple better CB. Like Kelvin Joseph and Jaycee Horn. I don’t like tackle in second round because of the talent drop off. If it’s not Slater or Sewell in the first I don’t think we should waist a second pick there. Tuipulotu is a good pick.

  4. Farley is a good choice but to be honest I’ve never heard of the others? They haven’t been on any projected draft boards that I’ve seen.

    But agree with MIKE a stud DT in the middle to collapse the pocket and stop the run could certainly have a domino effect on the rest of the defense. That said I still see Smith as a liability. As far as LVE my concerns with him our twofold. His inability to stay healthy and regression of play perhaps due to fear of being hurt again.

    Appears that we are crossing our fingers and praying in regards to a couple of positions. OL/LB

  5. Getting a corner at the first pick dose dallas no good if the qb gets all day yo look down the field I have been a cowboy fan from day one dallas needs defense tackle who can bring pressure up the middle for years dallas score 35 points and defense gives up 35 or more points a game so drafting a corner is not their priority

  6. Maybe it’s just me, but I am very hesitant to stay put at the 10th pick and select a CB. Whether it’s Surtain or Farley. We should all recall the next Deion Sanders that we selected in the top 10. Morris Claiborne, anyone!? He was touted as the second coming and we all know how that played out. What we should look to to is the following. Trade down to pick 14-17 range and grab an extra 2nd. Trade down once more to 20-22 range for another 2nd. We now will have 3 2nds, 2 3rds and 2 4ths to load up on talent. At pick 20-22 we should have great names to choose from like Horn CB, Bolton LB, Owosu OLB, Barmore DT, Moehrig S. I would be very happy landing Barmore or Moehrig with that pick. Thoughts?

  7. ANDREW- Not easy to find that many trade partners. But I like your thinking. I’m not completely sold on Surtain or Farley as being worthy of the #10 pick either. I also like your selections if we were to move down. All really good players that would fill a need.

  8. 1st round…….Surtain or Farley…CB
    2nd round……Alim Mcneal…..DT
    3rd round…….Elim Echenderger….OT
    3rd round……Holland….Safety
    4th round…….Jabril Cox….LB
    4th round….. .Trey Smith…G/OT

  9. Like Surtain first and if unavailable then Farley.
    Don’t like fact Farley missed last season.
    Safety second round such as Grant or TCU safety if either available then offensive tackle such as Hudson or best available.
    Then to fill in draft linebacker and defensive linemen.

  10. bad draft
    1st and 3rd rounds are ok. Others are wasted picks.
    Get an extra pick in the 1st with a trade, if possible. Take Barrmore and then get Moehrig and a couple CBs thrown in. OT is great but if you don’t get one of the top 3, it’s all guessing so get them in the comp pick range.

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