Top 5 non-QB draft picks for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021

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Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
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2. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The only reason that cornerback Caleb Farley is not a slot higher on this list is the fact that Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II might be a better fit for the Dallas Cowboys. The young defender is the only player on this list who is actually playing this year.

Surtain finished his 2019 campaign with the Crimson Tide with two interceptions. He also managed to force three fumbles last year which put him with the second-highest in the hyper-competitive SEC.

So far through six games this season the young cornerback has one interception, which he returned for a score against Mississippi State. Obviously, it does not even have to be noted the remarkable success that Alabama defenders have gone on to have in the NFL.

It would be impossible, or at least irresponsible, to write this slide without mentioning the fact that Surtain’s father played more than ten years in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs. His father finished his career with three pro-bowls and one All-Pro selection in his career.

The case for Patrick Surtain II is remarkably similar to the case for Caleb Farley. Both are tremendously talented cornerbacks who could help the Dallas Cowboys struggling secondary. However, the fact that Surtain II comes from such a prestigious pedigree and considering the astounding track record of Alabama players in the NFL he might have a slight edge on Farley.