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Who are Realistic Options at 10 Overall for Dallas?

We're less than two weeks away from the and more and more things are becoming clearer:

  1. The first three picks will all be quarterbacks, with only the uncertainty being what the San Francisco 49ers will do at three overall.
  2. Penei Sewell's ceiling is fourth overall and won't fall any lower than eighth overall to Carolina.
  3. will likely be the first receiver off the board, taken between picks five and seven overall.
  4. DeVonta Smith will be the next receiver taken after Chase.
  5. The Cowboys are guaranteed an elite prospect with their draft pick.

As the draft process has gone along, names have fallen and risen among the , but the Cowboys are going to have their pick of great talent. At this point, we can safely start to assume realistic targets with the pick, both in terms of skill, need, and how they rank above others in the draft.

These are the likely players who the Cowboys will be looking at with their first overall draft pick.

Kyle Pitts

is arguably the best overall player in this draft, regardless of position. He's also likely to go as early as four overall to the Atlanta Falcons.

However, if the reports are true, the Cowboys might not be waiting for him to fall in their laps with the 10th overall pick.

Crazier things have happened. CeeDee Lamb should have been gone before the 17th overall pick last year but he was there, ripe for the picking. Whether the Cowboys trade up to obtain Pitts or they stay put and he falls in their laps, Pitts is likely the unquestioned number one player on the board.

Patrick Surtain II

Cowboys Draft Target: Alabama Crimson Tide CB Patrick Surtain II
CB Patrick Surtain Jr, 2021 Draft Prospect

There's been no player more mocked and attached to the Cowboys than Alabama Patrick Surtain II. It's easy to see why.

He's arguably the best overall cornerback prospect in the draft and fills an obvious, major need on the . He's got the size (6'2″ 208-pounds) that loves and had an excellent pro-day where he ran a 4.42 40, a 10'11” broad jump, 39″ vertical, and 18 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press.

He's a favorite among writers, analysts, and fans to be the Cowboys pick if he gets there at 10. If he's gone, then our next cornerback could easily be who they take instead.

Jaycee Horn

is the best overall man-coverage cornerback in this year's draft and has gone from a potential trade-back candidate to a realistic option to be taken when the Cowboys pick.

Measuring in at 6'0.75″ 205-pounds, his size is very similar to Surtain's. He even tested better at the 40 (4.39), broad jump (11'1″), and vertical (41.5″) than the Alabama prospect. One of the most elite prospects in 2021.

Horn is a great tackler and is as sticky in coverage as you can ask for. If it comes down to Surtain over Horn, Cowboys fans will be just fine.

Rashawn Slater

The Northwestern prospect has been given the highest of praises this offseason, being compared to one of the game's elite.

It's understandable to see the comparison. A pair of elite offensive line prospects who dominated in college at both run and pass protection who could easily fit inside and play .

Rashawn Slater might not be the sexiest pick but he's a long-term investment that the team could play anywhere. Whether he's insurance for and , or if the team wanted to put Zack Martin back at like they did some last season and put Slater in his place.

In either case, Slater would be a smart, solid pick that would benefit the team for a decade.

Jaylen Waddle

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Jaylen Waddle, Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.

This pick is a combination of insurance, planning for the future, and keeping a prospect out of reach from the other East teams picking at 11 (Giants) and 12 (Eagles).

Assuming he's fully recovered from his season-ending ankle injury, Waddle is the speed threat that could fill the role could leave behind if he leaves in free agency next offseason that could make Dallas's vertical game almost impossible to stop.

He might be the least likely player taken on this list, but we shouldn't be surprised if he is. After all, so was their first-round pick last season.

Caleb Farley

Crazy to think that months ago, some people thought Caleb Farley was the best overall cornerback prospect in this year's draft. His size (6'2″ 197-pounds), athleticism, and coverage skills were elite despite opting out of the 2020 season.

Now, he's seemingly switched places with Jaycee Horn, going from a realistic option at 10 to a trade-back option due to his back issues.

However, with the reported news of his back issues maybe not being as bad as people have speculated, he should return to where he was in the discussion for the Cowboys pick.

Micah Parson

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Micah Parson, Sports

Understandably, this pick is going to agitate some people. has great tape and was arguably the best defensive prospect going into the after winning the Butkus Award in 2019 and was a unanimous All-American before opting out of the 2020 season.

The problem lies with what he's done off the field with his reported accounts of hazing and fighting a teammate while in school.

Regardless of if that had any part in him opting out of last season, his red flags have made it near impossible to pinpoint where he'll end up.

The reality is that Jerry Jones and the Cowboys have been known to take players with red flags and attempt to mold them into professionals, not only in the draft but in free agency as well with players like Randy Gregory, Greg Hardy, Aldon Smith, and Rolando McClain.

The Cowboys need players on defense who can tackle and make plays, especially at after last season. With gone and possibly retiring, having constant injury issues, and – the team's leading tackler – having a down season last year, the linebacker position has become a major need despite Keanu Neal who's intending to play the SAM role.

The Cowboys need help at the position and Parsons is going to be a player they'll need to at least consider.

Shane Carter
Shane Carter
Lifelong Cowboys fan, who doesn’t mind telling the harsh truth. I’ve got a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Media and Communications from Texas Tech University. I welcome all opinions but I will shut down any troll.

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