Dallas Cowboys: 5 predictions for 2021 NFL Draft

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Patrick Surtain II, Alabama Crimson Tide
Patrick Surtain II, Alabama Crimson Tide (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

2. Just draft baby!

The Dallas Cowboys are in a unique draft position this year. While it’s widely believed several quarterbacks will jump off the board early, America’s Team has the opportunity to nab a defensive player that serves the “need” and “best player available” boxes.

Of course, I am talking about cornerback Patrick Surtain II out of Alabama. Once we dial down the Kyle Pitts noise a bit, the Surtain narrative just makes so much sense.

Back to the future? No thanks.

The Cowboys’ defense was horrendous in 2020. I mean this was a great massacre each Sunday. The defense couldn’t stop a running back if their life depended on it. Once the running defense faltered, the rest of the defensive efforts collapsed.

I might be in the minority here, but I’m actually in favor of using the 10th overall pick and not trading down. Of course, the Dallas Cowboys are sure to get some attention with the 10th spot from other teams. The offers should be entertaining and if anything, this 10th pick should offer some nice capital.

But here is the thing: I believe cornerback Patrick Surtain II is the surest thing you can draft. Why trade down and away from a star cornerback who can be a true disrupter and difference-maker?

Keep and spend number 10

Now, I might sound contradictory here. After all, I just stated that the Cowboys are several blueprints away from contention. So wouldn’t it make sense to hear some trade offers and perhaps collect extra firepower to improve draft odds?

Yes. Why yes it would! But…

Frankly, I believe that the Surtain option succeeds these options. Surtain alone does not qualify the Cowboys back into playoff conversations. But he certainly is a key component to turn around this failing ship.

And the best part of this scenario? He’ll likely be at the 10th overall spot for the Cowboys to pick him up. Patience. Draft!