Dallas Cowboys: Top Three Needs in the 2021 NFL Draft

With the 2021 NFL Draft later this week, and many fanbases anticipating who their team will draft, we have entered the prime of draft season as always.  With that said, the Dallas Cowboys currently hold the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft. They also have quite a few holes to fill before making a Super Bowl push.  In this article I will be going over the three Cowboys positional needs that should be addressed quickly. Also, I will cover which players in this class best fit those needs.

Cowboys Positional Need 1 – Cornerback

The first and biggest need the Cowboys need to fill is easily cornerback.  With Trevon Diggs being their primary corner, and mostly depth pieces behind him, getting a true CB1 should be a necessity for Dallas.  Their secondary struggled mightily last season due to the departure of elite cornerback Byron Jones.  According to PFF the Cowboys had the 29th worst secondary in 2020. Also, according to Pro Football Reference they had the 28th worst defense overall.  

With these stats in mind, cornerback needs to be the Cowboys primary desire in this class. Especially with how deep this class is at the position.  Considering they have a top 10 pick, they will likely get their pick of the top cornerback in the draft. Unless one of the corners goes before pick 10.  Patrick Surtain II has been the consensus pick for Dallas here. However if he was to go prior to 10 then they could look to go either with Jaycee Horn or another position. 

Positional Need 2 – Offensive Tackle

The second biggest need for Dallas is offensive tackle without a doubt.  Their offensive line has been dominant for a few years now, however some of the pieces are aging and getting banged up.  The primary position to fill on the line right now is left tackle. That being with Tyron Smith looking worse by the season.  At 30 years old now, Tyron had his first season last year where he did not play more than 12 games.  Tyron only played 2 games last year after being shut down due to a neck injury that eventually needed surgery.  

Another thing to note is right tackle La’el Collins had quite a few issues in 2020 too.  Such as being overweight prior to camps, then being moved to the PUP list, and then later injured his groin and hip separately.  Looking to bring in a versatile tackle who can play on either side if Tyron or Collins goes down this season should be a major necessity.  In the pick 10 range they would likely be looking at a Rashawn Slater from Northwestern or a Christian Darrisaw from Virginia Tech.  Both of which are versatile enough to play either tackle position, and would be fantastic starters if the Cowboys wanted to move on from Tyron after this season.

Cowboys Positional Need 3 – Edge/DE

Finally, we have their third biggest need, in defensive end/edge.  Like I mentioned before, the Cowboys defense was atrocious last year. This being both on the secondary level and at times in the front seven.  Could this have been due to their offense sputtering after Dak Prescott got injured?  Partially.  However it seems like it was more than just that, even being on the field for so long they should have had some production if they had true talent up front.  DeMarcus Lawrence is their primary defensive lineman up front, but outside of him it is relatively weak.  

Now realistically should the Cowboys go edge at the 10th pick, no.  But if they can get a quality starter in the second round that would be hugely beneficial.  With names out there like Carlos Basham Jr., Gregory Rousseau, or Payton Turner even in the second day potentially, they could definitely get a high level edge.  If the board falls in their favor, they could even potentially get a Jaelan Phillips or Azeez Ojulari.  

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