NFL Draft 2021: Dallas Cowboys select Nahshon Wright No. 99 overall

Defensive back Nahshon Wright #2 of the Oregon State Beavers (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Defensive back Nahshon Wright #2 of the Oregon State Beavers (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys‘ first four selections in the 2021 NFL Draft all went to one side of the ball. And that’s on defense. That after the Cowboys fielded a terrible defensive performance in 2020.

The defensive resurgence in Dallas started Thursday night with the selection of Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons with the 12th overall pick in the first round. That defensive trend continued into day two on Friday night.

With their first of four draft selections, the Cowboys drafted Kentucky cornerback Kelvin Joseph with the 44th overall pick in the second round. With their first selection in the third, Dallas added UCLA defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa to their defensive line at No. 75.

The defensive line additions continued at pick No. 84 for the Cowboys with the selection of Iowa defensive end Chauncey Golston. That left Dallas with one more pick remaining on day two.

And the Cowboys ended their third-round run by selecting cornerback Nahshon Wright out of Oregon State with the 99th overall pick. At 6-foot-4, 183-pounds, Wright is a developmental project who is a former receiver and could have new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn eyeing him to play a Richard Sherman-type role in his scheme sometime in the future.

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Nahshon Wright is a long and lanky defender who recorded 30 total tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, four pass deflections, and two interceptions in 2020 as a junior at Oregan State. Despite being a third-rounder, Wright could face an uphill battle making the active roster as he’ll face plenty of in-house competition with the Cowboys currently having more than 10 cornerbacks on the depth chart.