NFL Draft 2021 Results: Cowboys selections and flash analysis

Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Chauncey Golston, Dallas Cowboys
Chauncey Golston #57 of the Iowa Hawkeyes (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Chauncey Golston, DE

Goldston figures to slot behind more experienced defensive ends as a rookie but will still earn himself a role in the rotation at both defensive ends spots and potential inside at defensive tackle in four-man fronts. Quinn may favor his 34 3/4-inch wingspan early, so he’s someone who could earn significant playing time in year one.

Nahshon Wright, CB

Despite his confidence in being the next Richard Sherman, Wright is a fascinating developmental project as a massive 6-foot-4 cornerback with 4.4 speed. But he will face plenty of competition on the current roster in Dallas.

Wright’s draft status as a third-round selection will likely reserve him a spot on the active roster as a rookie, but expect him to be a deep reserve in his first year. Although, Dan Quinn could put him on the fast track to contribute as quickly as possible for a specific role that he has in mind.

Jabril Cox, LB

There’s a great opportunity for Jabril Cox in Dallas. As one of the best coverage linebackers in this draft class, it’s easy to see him getting playing time as a rookie as long as Dan Quinn and company can get him up to speed when it comes to scheme.

Cox figures to slot behind Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, and fellow rookie Micah Parsons to start the season with special teams responsibilities as a rookie. But don’t be surprised if he is able to overtake one of the veteran linebackers ahead of him on the depth chart by season’s end.

Josh Ball, OT

During a post-draft press conference, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy was asked specifically about the role for Josh Ball. McCarthy made it clear they believe Ball has left tackle traits and could potentially become the team’s swing tackle.

Expect the fourth-rounder to compete for a reserve role behind starter Tyron Smith, someone who has been unable to play a full 16-game season since 2015 and who missed 14 games in 2020 with a neck injury. There’s a solid chance Ball will get to start at some point as a rookie.