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    Who are Realistic Options at 10 Overall for Dallas?

    We're less than two weeks away from the 2021 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. '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

    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 .

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

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    Crazier things have happened. 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 Jr, 2021 Draft Prospect

    There's been no player more mocked and attached to the Cowboys than Alabama Cornerback 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 Defensive Coordinator 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

    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.

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    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 , being compared to one of the game's elite.

    It's understandable to see the comparison. A pair of elite 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 Tyron Smith 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

    Who are the Dallas Cowboys Realistic Options at 10 Overall? 3
    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 , Waddle is the speed threat that could fill the role Michael Gallup could leave behind if he leaves in 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 .

    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

    Dallas Cowboys 2021 Mock Draft Roundup 1.0
    Micah Parson, USA TODAY Sports

    Understandably, this pick is going to agitate some people. Micah Parsons 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 , Greg Hardy, , and .

    The Cowboys need players on defense who can tackle and make plays, especially at linebacker after last season. With Sean Lee gone and possibly retiring, having constant injury issues, and Jaylon Smith – 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.

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    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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    VAM

    Hope Jerry doesn’t give away the farm to move up for Pitts. Obviously, if Pitts were to fall to us, then a big decision has to be made. We have very good receiving options on the team right now, and a lot of holes on the defensive side.

    Ben Miller

    No matter how they get one, Dallas needs to draft either Pitts or Sewell. Both are cornerstone players with 10+year HOF potential. No DE or LB is worthy of a top 10 pick and Diggs is a perfect example of the type of DB they can draft on day 2.

    Mil matrakas

    Its a chess game. Have to take Pitts, to keep him away from the eagles. They get him, we’re sxrewed. We need defensive help, but..mark my words..Pitts IS a cowboy, he jus dont kno it yet.

    Robert

    Cowboys should think hard and long about cornerbacks. Giants invested in receivers Washington has serviceable receivers. Eagles are a work in progress But C/B is deep in this draft. Cowboys have above average tight ends.

    Robert

    Any of the above are reasonable except the wide receiver.
    That makes no sense at all as wide receiver is strongest position on the team.

    Logan

    Sign Sherman, move up for Pitts and Draft Farley or draft Trevon out of TCU. Problem solved

    Marty

    Truth be told, drafting Pitts, elevates us from having very good receiving options, to having very “Gr8” receiving options!

    Ethan L Chazin

    It’s fun to speculate but this whole pre-draft cycle has become so interminable. That said, something Shane wrote that stuck out to me: “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.”

    THIS is a horrific attempt to justify head case picks or possibly even medical unknown high risks like Farley.

    This is possibly the most annoying comment. The Boys have a very shallow roster, lots of cap invested in few players. This team does not do a good job drafting beyond the 4th round AND does a bad job drafting defensive talent. Further, we’ve gone from Marinelli to Novak to now Quinn. Will Quinn have an impact on the draft? What if he struggles and he is replaced next season leaving players we drafted to fit his scheme that aren’t ballers.

    And last year’s defense was the worst in the history of the franchise in terms of yards per rush (5.) and points allowed per game (28). Let that sink in.

    To me, the entire draft can be whittled down to the following:

    Greatest needs are CB, FS, DT-1 tech, LB
    OT/OG, DE, TE, WR are all “nice to have’s”
    This team needs pit bull junk yard dog fighters on defense who have attitude, swagger and a general “nastiness” that this team currently lacks.
    Watching our defense take repeated punches in the gut last year being run over tells me this team’s FO will not commit to big ugly nasty interior D linemen
    So many players we know nothing about or are unsure of namely: Anae, Robinson, Trysten Hill, Gallimore, Sean Lee, LVE, Jaylon, Gallup (after this season) So AGAIN – this roster is narrow and not deep, ill equipped to survive another injury-plagued season.

    Cowboy Fan Ed

    I definitely think we need help at CB , LB , and a few other places but I believe it all starts up front ! If we can develop a pass rush to where the opposing QB has very few seconds to go thru his progressions then we will see the CB , LB, and safety play increase dramatically! You give any NFL QB time to throw the football he will make the defense look average at best!

    Ben Miller

    Ethan I didn’t know Djocovic knew anything about American , much less coached for Dallas LOL