Dallas Cowboys 2021 draft: 4 day two targets to consider

Syracuse Orange defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu (23) (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu (23) (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Ifeatu Melifonwu, Dallas Cowboys
Ifeatu Melifonwu #2 of the Syracuse Orange (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

In the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys traded the 10th overall pick to the Philadelphia Eagles. For dropping back two spots, the Cowboys obtained an extra third-round selection, 84th overall, and improved their struggling defense by drafting Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons with pick No. 12.

Entering day two of the draft on Friday night, the Cowboys own a whopping four selections in the top 100. This affords them a massive opportunity to inject talent into their roster at a minimal cost to their salary cap. With several team needs to fill, here are four potential targets to watch for Dallas on day two.

Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB – Syracuse

The Cowboys missed their opportunity to land one of the top cornerbacks in the draft as both South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn and Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II were selected in the top ten. But Dallas will find their corner on day two. And that player might just be Ifeatu Melifonwu out of Syracuse.

At 6-foot-3, 213-pounds, Melifonwu would seem to possess the ideal frame that new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn coveted during his days with the Seattle Seahawks overseeing the Legion of Boom. His frame, fluidity, and football mentality make him a perfect fit in Dallas.

In 2020, Melifonwu recorded 54 total tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, six pass deflections, 1.0 sack, and one interception in 10 games for the Orange. He should pair nicely opposite cornerback Trevon Diggs, the Cowboys’ impressive second-round selection in 2020.