On Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys traded back two spots in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft with an NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles, and still nabbed the defensive difference-maker they coveted at 12th overall. That player being linebacker phenom Micah Parsons out of Penn State.
And for their troubles, the Cowboys received a third-round selection from the Eagles, 84th overall. So entering day two of the draft on Friday night, Dallas possesses a whopping four picks to make in rounds two and three, all within the top 100. And one might believe that gives the Cowboys an opportunity to possibly trade up for a player they desire. Not so fast.
According to executive vice president Stephen Jones via ESPN’s Todd Archer, the team isn’t anticipating any moves up the draft on day two. Why? Because Dallas is salary cap-strapped due to signing many of their star players to hefty contracts and need every rookie contract they can get to help infuse talent onto their roster relatively cheaply.
That means the Cowboys will likely stand pat on Friday night and allow the prospects to fall to them. Obviously, all eyes will be on their first pick of the night, 44th overall in the second round. And there will be 11 picks made before the Cowboys number is called.
So, which prospects are fans hoping fall to Dallas at No. 44? Which position do the Cowboys desperately need to fill with a potential starter with that second-round pick? It appears the team will allow the draft gods to decide, much like they did in the first round.
There are a few first-round-worthy players like Notre Dame hybrid linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari, Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins, Alabama defensive tackle Christian Barmore, TCU safety Trevon Moehrig, and Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell who are expected to be drafted early in round two. Will any of them fall to America’s Team?