How the Dallas Cowboys can earn an ‘A’ in the draft

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
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1. Get a solid cornerback in the first round

The Dallas Cowboys likely need to select a cornerback in round one. Last season, the Cowboys secondary was considered one of the worst in the league. They allowed 11.1 yards per completion, 7.1 yards per pass attempt and 11.6 incompletions per game, all ranking in the bottom half of the league in 2020.

Additionally, Dallas lost cornerback Chidobe Awuzie to free agency. As a result, they should try to replace him with one of the best prospects coming into the league. Whether that is cornerback Jaycee Horn of South Carolina or Patrick Surtain II of Alabama, the Cowboys are likely destined to get a difference-maker on defense.

However, things can get interesting if Dallas decides to trade back in the draft. Even if they trade back, they should be able to still grab a cornerback.

They could also try and make a trade for a cornerback. With recent rumors of former All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore being on the move, the Cowboys could trade back with the New England Patriots. Dallas would arguably get a lock-down cornerback and only trade back five spots to take New England’s 15th overall pick.