5 things the Cowboys must do after signing Dak Prescott

Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech Hokies, (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech Hokies, (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Patrick Surtain II, Alabama Crimson Tide
Patrick Surtain II, Alabama Crimson Tide, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

4. Draft mostly defensive players

The Dallas Cowboys defense gave up the fifth-most points per game in the NFL in 2020 with 29.6. Suffice it to say, the teams’ needs skew heavily to the defensive side of the ball this offseason.

The Cowboys will head into the 2021 NFL Draft with the 10th overall draft pick. The team also has a total of ten draft picks that it could use to try and address their needs. Most of those picks should be used on defensive players.

Dallas should hope that either Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II or Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley falls to them in the first round. If both of those players are selected by the time America’s Team is up then it should also potentially consider players like Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons or Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau.

However, if both Surtain II and Farley are taken then the organization could also decide to trade back a couple of picks in exchange for more draft capital. If the team trades down in the first round to somewhere between the 15th and 20th pick they should target USC cornerback Jaycee Horn, an underrated prospect in my opinion.

After the first round, the organization should still mostly target defensive players and particularly they should watch to see if TCU safety Trevon Moehrig falls to them in the second round. Dallas also could use another linebacker and more help along the defensive line.

This suggestion revolves more around a general draft strategy than selecting any one individual player, but the Cowboys would be wise to remember this heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. The Dallas Cowboys should primarily target defensive players this year and should keep that strategy in mind throughout the draft.