The Dallas Cowboys used 11 selections in the 2021 NFL Draft to infuse their roster with talent and depth. The vast majority of those picks were on the defensive side of the ball.
Now that the draft has concluded, let’s look back at each one of those selections. We’ll also include a quick analysis of each pick and how we think the prospect might have an impact as a rookie this season in Dallas.
Micah Parsons, LB
As the Cowboys’ first-round selection, linebacker Micah Parsons will get plenty of opportunities to impact the defense with his play from day one. And he’ll find his way to the field and plenty of snaps regardless of who else is on the depth chart.
What’s scary is the fact Parsons has only played linebacker for two seasons and was already considered the top player at his position in this draft class. Fans should be excited to watch his growth week after week as a rookie.
Kelvin Joseph, CB
The obvious expectation for cornerback Kelvin Joseph is to start opposite Trevon Diggs in Week One. But rookie corners are notorious for needing extra time to get accustomed to the speed and mental aspects of the NFL. So fans shouldn’t be shocked if Joseph begins his time in Dallas in a reserve role behind veterans like Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, or potentially a free agent yet to be signed.
Osa Odighizuwa, DT
Odighizuwa will need to find a way to separate himself from the other young, highly draft defensive tackles on the roster this summer in Trysten Hill and Gallimore, who might both be on notice. But expect the rookie third-rounder to earn a spot in the rotation as a three-technique defensive tackle in the Cowboys’ nickel four-man front and at defensive end in Dan Quinn’s base 3-4. Odighizuwa would seemingly fill the void left by the versatile Tyrone Crawford who retired this offseason.