Dallas Cowboys: 5 first-round draft targets for 2021

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Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
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Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

By now I am sure you are seeing the trend of one position, cornerback. The Cowboys’ secondary issues should be addressed in the first round with plenty of great options available.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Surtain has NFL bloodlines with his father, Patrick Surtain Sr., playing eleven seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. As some say, like father like son, and Surtain II looks primed to have a long NFL career of his own.

This past season Surtain won SEC Defensive Player of the Year, along with being named consensus first-team All-American. Not to mention his team, Alabama, won the national championship.

Surtain’s college resume certainly speaks for itself. As a junior last season, he posted 37 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one interception, nine pass deflections, and one defensive touchdown.

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The Dallas Cowboys have a history of drafting big corners, so I would be surprised if they passed on Patrick Surtain II if he was available at 10. Especially since new defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn is used to working with big corners from his days with the Seattle Seahawks. Pairing Surtain with his former college teammate, cornerback Trevon Diggs, should make Cowboys’ fans ecstatic.