NFL Draft 2021: Dallas Cowboys select Chauncey Golston No. 84 overall

Chauncey Golston #57 of the Iowa Hawkeyes (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Chauncey Golston #57 of the Iowa Hawkeyes (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

After losing out on the opportunity to add one of the top two cornerbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys elected to trade their first-round pick. Sending the 10th overall selection to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys dropped to No. 12 and received Philly’s third-rounder at No. 84 to boot.

With the 12th overall selection, the Cowboys drafted Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons. That defensive focus continued in the second round as Dallas addressed their need at cornerback with the addition of Kelvin Joseph out of Kentucky.

Entering the third round with three draft picks, the Cowboys kicked off the round selecting UCLA defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa with the 75th overall pick. That made three straight selections in the 2021 draft directed to one side of the ball, the defense.

And that certainly makes sense as the Cowboys defense allowed a whopping 29.6 points per game to opposing offenses in 2020, leading Dallas to post a disappointing 6-10 record. Will the defensive trend continue on day two?

Well, with the 84th overall pick, the selection obtained from the Eagles for that first-round trade back, the Cowboys drafted Iowa defensive end Chauncey Golston.

The 6-foot-4, 269-pound longarmed Golston is a powerful rusher who possesses a decent floor entering the NFL without much upside. He projects to be a trustworthy rotational player at defensive end as a rookie in Dallas who’s capable of moving inside if needed.

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In eight games, Chauncey Golston recorded 45 tackles for 8.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble as a senior at Iowa in 2020.