2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Dallas Cowboys draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– Let’s just say Dallas saw what the rest of the world did. It went defense with its first six picks, and might have crushed it late with massive Kentucky DT Quinton Bohanna and South Carolina CB Israel Mukuamu two excellent fliers in the sixth round. But …
– Micah Parsons is a freaking steal at the 12. He’s a top five overall talent in this draft and he slid because the top 11 was so strong. Guaranteed, he’ll end up having a better career than at least two of the three receivers taken ahead of him. Two corners went before him, but Dallas got its Pro Bowl-caliber linebacker and was able to land a strong corner in Kelvin Joseph in the second round.
– As if getting six defensive players in the top 99 picks wasn’t enough, Dallas got a potential star in LSU’s Jabril Cox at the 115. The Tiger linebacker should’ve gone at least 30 picks earlier, but he slid and slid and slid.
Best Value Pick: LB Jabril Cox, LSU, 4th round, 115th overall
Biggest Reach: CB Nashon Wright, Oregon State, 3rd round, 99th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: DT Quinton Bohanna, Kentucky, 6th round, 192nd overall
Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (12) – LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
2 (44) – CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
3 (75) – DT Osa Odighizuwa, UCLA
3 (84) – DE Chauncey Golston, Iowa
3 (99) – CB Nashon Wright, Oregon State
4 (115) – LB Jabril Cox, LSU
4 (138) – OT Josh Ball, Marshall
5 (179) – WR Simi Fehoko, Stanford
6 (192) – DT Quinton Bohanna, Kentucky
6 (227) – CB Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
7 (238) – OG Matt Farniok, Nebraska
Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
The Cowboys have to go defense. And then they have to go defense again, and then again. They have ten picks and can go D in a strength in numbers way, but they also need instant help. They need to nail the tenth pick, and if they can get one good starter in one of the next three picks to the 99, it’ll be a good draft.
There are a whole slew of reasons to dog the Cowboys, but the franchise isn’t generally good at this whole drafting thing. They did a strong job of finding value and production out of each of their first four picks in 2020, and even seventh round pick QB Ben DiNucci got a little work. This time around might be easier.
Again … defense. Just take the best defensive player on the board, and Dallas should be able to get whatever cornerback it wants. If someone else takes Alabama’s Patrick Surtain in the top nine, then blow off the whole defense thing and just take whatever strong player slides a wee bit.
Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
2 CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
3 DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
4 CB Reggie Robinson, Tulsa
4 C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
5 DE Bradlee Anae, Utah
7 QB Ben DiNucci, James Madison
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