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Monday Morning Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys Double dip at DT

Dallas Cowboys trade down in the 1st-round with Tennessee Titans.

We are now under two weeks away from the big event of the offseason, the 2021 NFL Draft. In 10 short days we can put an end to all of the guesstimating as to how the Dallas will utilize their draft picks, but until then we can still have some fun with all of the different mock draft simulators.

Today we are going to use Pro Football Network’s simulator for this exercise. Remember this is just for fun, but also a way to see how things could possibly play out when the NFL Draft gets underway. After all, when it comes to just about anything and everything can happen on Draft Day.

Let’s get started with the first nine picks…

(1) Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

(2) , QB, BYU

(3) Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

(4) Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

(5) Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

(6) , TE, Florida

(7) Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

(8) , CB, Alabama

(9) , OT, Northwestern

*TRADE* Titans send 1.22, 2.53, 3.85 to Cowboys for 1.10 (WR Jaylen Waddle)

Round 1, Pick 22 – Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

or move down 12 spots and add an extra two draft picks in the Top 100? As much as it pained me to do so I traded away from the top CB on the board, but in doing so I ended up with the top-ranked DT this year in .

Barmore was just a one-year starter and is still a little raw, but he is a versatile DT who can play the one or three-technique in ’s 4-3 . He has potential and should be part of the starting rotation as a with the Dallas Cowboys.

Round 2, Pick 44 – Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

polled NFL teams recently and couldn’t find one club that had a Round 1 or Round 2 grade on Ifeatu Melifonwu. While Miller is certainly a credible source, I don’t believe Melifonwu isn’t ranked higher than that by NFL scouts or the Dallas Cowboys for that matter.

The former Syracuse CB would be a great fit in Dan Quinn’s heavy Cover 1-3 coverage scheme. He has excellent size, length, and speed and is at his best in man-to-man coverage. He would be a plug-and-play starter opposite as a rookie with the Cowboys.

Round 2, Pick 53 – Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

With the extra second-round pick acquired by trading down with the Titans I decided to give another electric WR in the . I know the Cowboys look stocked at the position right now, but that’s not the case after the 2021 season.

Kadarius Toney can be a versatile weapon for the Cowboys. He has inside/out versatility and can be used as a gadget player on jet sweeps, reverses, and end arounds as well. He also has value as both a kick and .

Round 3, Picked 75 – Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

For Joe Tryon to still be on the board this late in the draft would be an absolute no-brainer for the Dallas Cowboys. I believe he has first-round talent, but as only a one-year starter and 2020 opt out he is naturally still a little raw and may need more time to develop.

With that said though, Tryon has the potential to step into a starting role in the not-too-distant future. He could step in for as early as next season when he becomes a . In the meantime he would provide some much-needed depth at DE for the Cowboys.

Round 3, Pick 85 – Jamar Johnson, S, Illinois

Despite already upgrading the safety position via nearly all of those players are under a one-year deal. The Dallas Cowboys would be wise to try to find a long-term solution in the 2021 NFL Draft and I believe Jamar Johnson could be such a player.

Johnson was just a one-year starter, but is an instinctive, rangy player with good ball skills who could be the Cowboys long-term solution at . He would provide some much-needed depth as a rookie and could possibly compete for the starting job with .

Round 3, Picked 99 – Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan

Both in the long and short-term the Dallas Cowboys have to be a little bit concerned about the position. Neither or are living up to expectations and the depth behind them is almost nonexistent, making LB an underrated need.

Cameron McGrone was a two-year starter at Michigan and is just 20 years old. He plays with outstanding speed and range, but is still a little inexperienced and may need more time to develop. He has starting potential, but may be just a depth LB and special teams player early on.

Round 4, Pick 115 – James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati

Both Tyron Smith and La’el Collins are coming back from season-ending and we pretty much know what the depth looks like behind them when they’re not in the lineup. The Dallas Cowboys would be wise to draft a developmental OT and James Hudson fits the bill.

Hudson is a DT turned OT and as such probably isn’t ready to start right away. But his size, length, power, agility, and aggressiveness are all intriguing traits worth developing. He could become Tyron Smith’s eventual replacement in a year or two.

*TRADE* Cowboys send 4.138, 5.179, 6.227 to Patriots for 4.122

Round 4, Pick 122 – Drew Dalman, OC, Stanford

There’s still a chance the Dallas Cowboys could bring back to be the swing OG/C this season, but as of right now nothing is imminent. With that in mind I decided to package several picks together and move up for another Joe Looney type of player in Drew Dalman.

Dalman started the last two years at C for Stanford, but also has OG experience as well. He could push for the starting gig this year, but the more likely scenario is he provides much-needed depth along the interior of the Cowboys as a rookie.

Round 6, Pick 192 – JaCoby Stevens, S/LB, LSU

The Dallas Cowboys could use more depth at both safety and linebacker, so I decided to add a player who could potentially provide both. JaCoby Stevens is a bit of a tweener. He is a LB in a S body who plays at his best in and around the line of scrimmage as either a box safety or LB. That’s the kind of role I envisioned for him with the Cowboys besides being a core special-teams player.

Round 7, Pick 238 – Tedarrell Slayton, DT, Florida

After drafting Christian Barmore early to hopefully upgrade Dallas’ defensive front I decided to double dip with the remaining pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by selecting Tedarrell Slayton. He is the big bodied, space eating DT the Cowboys haven’t had in the middle of their DL in forever. He has starting potential and would provide some much-needed depth at the 1-tech for the 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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11 Comments

  1. The Cowboys would be STUPID to trade that pick!! If Your targets at Cornerback Not there! Go DT or DE heard that Payton Turner should be there!! Pressure the Quarterback into Mistakes!!!

  2. Ok here goes….. live in Ireland so not as familiar on the college scene. Hope this isn’t laughed at but how about:
    moving up from 10 to 4 (10, 138 and r3 2022)
    Moving up to 16 then down to 20 (3 mid round picks and a 2022 4th rd)
    I have tried this numerous times on the pff sim
    We get Pitts, Horn/Farley, J. Johnson, 1st 3 picks.

    By the sim reckoning there will be 2 qb’s still on the board at 10 so it’s still value for the Falcons, with 1 coming down to 16 where we can fleece the Bears for 2022 1st and 2nd round picks.

  3. If the Cowboys have the chance to get the elite cornerback Surtain at 10 should pick him.
    He is SEC tested, durable and 3 year starter for Alabama and would be great complement to his former Alabama teammate, Diggs.
    Then need to go after linebacker, safety and defensive lineman, and offensive lineman.
    The last thing they need is another wide receiver and definitely would not waste the second pick on a wide receiver.

  4. No Trade!!! Without starting Offensive Lineman in deal!!! Lets see if they really what to trade!! Need to protect your quarterback!! You ‘re going to be back again !! Picking High in Next Year Draft!!!

  5. If going receiver, not 100% sure I’d want one that will force Lamb to the outside full-time. I think Lamb is perfect for the multi-dimensional role he is in now. Granted, he projects as a No.1 receiver at some point and will probably live outside 90% of the time, but I just really believe he is being maximized right now.

  6. what a weblink that is, wasted my whole afternoon thank you!

    I managed to get this haul using that website

    DT Christian Barmore
    31.CB Caleb Farley (the back issue is a concern but at 31??)
    33 S Trevon Moehrig
    179 LB Derrick Barnes
    192 OL Kayode Awosika
    218 DE Chris Rumph II
    257 TE Zach Davidson

    Obviously a few trades had to happen and i lost next years 1st and 6th but we did get chicago’s 1st next year in return.

  7. I’m not hating this scenario. Though a better CB might could be had in the 2nd round. Also not sure about Toney in the 2nd. More likely they go OL or LB. But Toney could be dynamic in this offense

  8. That would be an f ohio st line backers are better only one cb horrible and wr and I line not needed as much as all players have to be d players 2 cb 1 safety one line backer at least

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