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Updated 2021 NFL Draft Order: Dallas Cowboys Move up 2 Spots

Dallas Cowboys advance further within the Top 5 in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Dallas Cowboys looked like an entirely different team in all three phases of the game in Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They very nearly pulled off an upset against the only undefeated team left in the league, however, the Steelers still managed to hang on to secure the 24-19 victory.

It was good to see some fight still left in the Dallas Cowboys, despite not having much to play for this year. Having said that though, winning actually could have done more harm than good as far as the 2021 NFL Draft is concerned. A win would have knocked them out of the Top 5, whereas a loss actually improves their draft status.

Here’s a look at the current Top 10…

2021 NFL Draft Order (Week 9)

  1. New York Jets (0-7)
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7
  3. Dallas Cowboys (2-7)
  4. New York Giants (2-7)
  5. Washington Football Team (2-6)
  6. Los Angeles Chargers (2-6)
  7. Houston Texans Miami Dolphins (2-6)
  8. New England Patriots (2-5)
  9. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1)
  10. Carolina Panthers (3-6)

As things stand right now the Dallas Cowboys are currently slotted to pick third overall in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. The good news is they can’t fall any further due to them being on their bye week, but could actually move up one spot ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars if they somehow beat the Green Bay Packers this week. It’s unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

Now, I don’t know whether you’re #teamtank or not but securing a high draft pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft may be the only silver lining we have for the Dallas Cowboys this year. As such, it’s okay to be a little conflicted as to whether or not you want to root for or against the Cowboys as the season progresses. After all, all we want is what’s best for the team moving forward.

Where do you stand? Are you #teamtank for the Dallas Cowboys?

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. Top 3 pick means Fields might be available and Da Boys have a tough choice. Love Dak but not at the price he wants. Fields fits this offense well and think we found our backup of the future unless someone wants him to start for them.

    I’m all about the draft picks, think we can get very healthy but we have a great many needs. In no order CB x 2, S x 2, LB, DT, QB?, OT pass catching threat at TE?

    Would be a great year to trade out of the Top 5 (if Gilbert doesn’t screw it up and win a bunch of games) and load up on picks. But even if Da Boys don’t trade back, would be nice to draft at the top of every round.

    • If the Dallas Cowboys re-sign Dak Prescott via long-term extension or franchise tag I wouldn’t mind trading back in the draft. If not though I’m going to take the top QB. Justin Fields is a very similar player to Prescott, but don’t discount Zach Wilson working his way into the mix as well. I think he’s going to work his way into Top 5 consideration before all is said and done.

  2. I think if we have a top pick and the top qbs are available to us you have to think about a trade out. We are in the rare position position of having a QB and being bad. Can you imagine the haul a team would pay to move up for Lawrence or Fields? We maybe able to further up our defense with top picks and stockpile our cupboard of picks.

    • For the Dallas Cowboys pass up on one of the top QBs in the draft that means they will likely be paying Dak Prescott around $40 million per season on a long-term contract or $37.7 million on the franchise tag. That leaves little to no money to work with and free agency, meaning they’d really have to hit on a number of their draft picks in order to upgrade the roster. That’s a lot to ask. It be much easier to do with your starting quarterback on a rookie contract IMO.

  3. Sadly, it’s not only the 3rd pick that’s big. It’s the 35, 67, etc.
    That said..I Can’t root against ‘Em. If you do…go to Philadelphia.

    • All draft picks for the Dallas Cowboys will be big in the 2021 NFL Draft regardless. They are really going to need to hit on a number of them in order to upgrade the roster.

  4. So, Brian tell me if we get the 2nd or 3rd pick would you draft Fields or try and resign Dak??
    Do you think coming out of this bye week that we should start Gilbert or Andy. Andy probably gives us the best chance to win games. I rather build for the future and let younger players play the rest of the season. We can benefit financially as a team and see exactly what these young players really have. I’m talking abt Wilson, Gallimore, Diggs, Biadiaz, and Knight when he comes back.

    • I don’t think I could pass up the chance of drafting one of the top QBs if they’re available. The amount of money saved could be reinvested to upgrade the entire roster instead of paying to retain Dak Prescott.

      As far as Garrett Gilbert and Andy Dalton are concerned… I think I’d stick with the hot hand in Gilbert.

      And I’m right there with you about getting some of these younger players more playing time. It would really help speed up the evaluation process as to how they want to construct the roster in the future.

    • Of course you play to win the game, but do you do it with players you absolutely know aren’t in the team’s future plans or start evaluating others who are? I’d personally like to see them do the latter and get some of these younger players more playing time to help fast track the evaluation process.

  5. Nothing to play for now but draft order. If either of the top QB’s is there the Cowboys must say goodby to Dak. Three things are accomplished by doing this. They get an NFL ready QB, they save a ton of cap space and they keep either QB from either the Giants or the ‘Skins..yeah I said it. Play hard…get better…gain experience for the rookies and younger players and keep your eye on what really matters…next year and the years to come!

  6. Play the young guys! It’s not tanking it’s preparing for the future. It’s taking the necessary action to advance our franchise.

    Ok let’s say we don’t get in the top three in the draft, which is what it will take to get Fields/Lawrence, who I would take if given the opportunity. But I put our chance of doing that at maybe 30-40 % and if we don’t then what? Do we trade back? Do we take a chance on Wilson from BYU? I wouldn’t take him in the top five, but other teams might trade up to do so. If we keep our top pick and don’t get a QB we should be able to get a difference maker on D. In fact we could probably have our pick of the best player at each position in college at several of our positions of need. The only positions I would burn a top five pick on are LB ( but only M Parsons) CB ( but only Surtain) OL (but only P Sewell) DE not sure one is worthy of a top five pick. If we trade back obviously that changes all our options. If we trade back and depending how far back we might also consider Safety or DE. Personally would keep the top five pick, just think our chances of finding a star are best in that range.

  7. Of course assess young player to move forward in a smart way. If top two QB are availdable, done. There may be other QBs worthy depending on our draft slot. This Wilson kid looks very good.

  8. Obviously assess all players, including the young ones, makes sense going forward. This Zach Wilson is looking very good, and would seriously consider him along with, of course, the top two. Very accurate, dual threat.

  9. We absolutely have to hit on this likely top five pick. Have be careful about reaching for a need (QB). Not enuf tape on Wilson and he has only shown out in less then a half season, plus he plays in weaker conference where the competition is not great. Not discounting him just need to wait and see how he looks the rest of the season, and then
    do a comprehensive assessment on whether he is good enuf to burn that precious pick on him.

    That pick has to be a high impact player. We have to get some difference makers in this draft. That need is obviously greater on defense. The only offensive players I would feel confident drafting are the top 2 QBs and the beast LT from Oregon Penei Sewell.

  10. Just did some research on Zach Wilson the kid from BYU. He played full time last yr and wasn’t good. This yr he has only played 5 games in a weak conference against very weak competition.

    Not saying he isn’t good but have to assess him in the proper context. A top five pick needs to result in a near can’t miss prospect. The cowboys can ILL afford to whiff on these top picks. The future of our franchise is dependent on making good choices.

  11. The move to make here is Taking Sewell at 3. There is no other move that makes any sense. Lets be real, Tyrone Smith can play, but he isn’t playing for 16 games a year anymore and he isn’t getting any younger. The strength of the Cowboys is the offensive line. You plug Sewell in at RT, move Collins inside (where he played early in his Dallas career) you have an O-line of Smith, Sewell, Martin, Collins and Biadasz. With Connor Williams coming if check that when, Smith gets hurt with Collins moving back outside. This gives you a solid and relatively young offensive line for the next 4 years. If Dallas is fortunate enough to pick #2, then they likely can grab Jacksonville’s 25th pick as Jacksonville isn’t going to let a 25th pick get in the way of their franchise QB. Moreover, you can probably also fleece Jacksonvilles 33rd, pick and throw them back for dallas’- 67 as another team would probably give up the farm to get Fields.

    Lastly, the Cowboys need to trade Cooper. 22 million cap hit next year is a little too much, that goes down to 8 million if they trade him. Better ship him to the Jets for their 2R-33. For the Jets getting Cooper would mean they can sleep easy that Lawrence won’t shun them as he would have a fantastic target to begin his NFL career. There is no one else in the draft the Jets are going to be able to get that at this time will be able to do what Cooper does. With that Dallas would Have Sewell, along with the 25th, 33rd, 34th and 35th picks. To build a franchise behind Dak, zeke and a decent core…with the Savings on Coopers Contract, Dallas easily resigns Dak.

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