Cowboys should trade back to double down on defensive starters

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones(Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones(Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Alabama defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2)
Alabama defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.] /


Dallas Cowboys

need defensive help and badly. Heading into this draft and though there is

crazy talk out there

, from the man himself in Jerry Jones, about


Florida Tight End, Kyle Pitts, that is actually and literally the

furthest thing from what they should actually do


If you want to be totally frank about it all, the Cowboys should actually be looking to move back. For a defense that was, again, literally gashed last season at the will and pleasure of opposing offenses, this is a team that should be looking to maximize all of the top-end resources they have.

For them and right now in this moment, that would be their top 10 NFL Draft pick. While most draft experts, pundits, and even some here at the Landry Hat (this crazy guy) have the Cowboys going all goo goo for Patrick Surtain II and rightfully so, that pick can make a bigger impact in another way.

Let’s get into exactly why that is the case for the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to pick 10th in the upcoming NFL Draft, but should they look to trade down?

With the Dallas Cowboys picking 10th, they’ll, sort of, have their choice of guys, as far as who they might actually have ranked highest on their draft boards. Again, many think Surtain II is the guy there out of Alabama.

That stands for Peter King and the people over at Pro Football Talk, who aren’t “buying” Jerry Jones and his Kyle Pitts talk. Here is what they had to say of Dallas and their mocked pick, Surtain II, at 10.

"“Picking Surtain is smarter. Dallas gave up 29.6 points per game last year, and allowed a ghastly 34 touchdown passes. (Previous five years, on average: 23 per season.) The Cowboys, as my friend Rick Gosselin has preached for years, have to spend more time tending to the defense in the high rounds, and Surtain would be a good add to a beleaguered defense.”"

While King and the folks over at PFT make a good point, a good one indeed, that wouldn’t solve all  of the Dallas defensive issues. Heck, it can’t be solved with one pick and that’s understandable.

However, the more opportunities you have to get it right or more specifically here, the more talented pieces you can add to a terrible unit, the better.

That’s is where the next part comes into play.