NFL Draft 2021 Results: Cowboys selections and flash analysis

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Simi Fehoko, Dallas Cowboys
Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Simi Fehoko (13) (Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports) /

Simi Fehoko, WR

It will be a big challenge for Simi Fehoko to crack the team’s active roster as a rookie simply based on the other receivers on the roster. Fehoko will seemingly be competing for one, maybe two, open spots on the depth chart between himself and veterans like Noah Brown, Stephen Guidry, Aaron Parker, and Malik Turner. Special teams will likely be the deciding factor here, which Fehoko excels at.

Quinton Bohanna, DT

The true nose tackle should play a big role on a defense eagerly looking to improve against the run after finishing second to last in that category in 2020. Bonhanna has a chance to become a stabilizing force in the middle of the line but will compete with several veterans for that role.

But the fact that the 6-foot-4, 327-pound defensive tackle could be the team’s top one-technique and nose in the 3-4 the day he steps into the locker room means he should get plenty of meaningful snaps as a rookie if the coaching staff feels the same.

Israel Mukuamu, S

The Cowboys drafted yet again another six-rounder on a safety. And if the other safeties picked in this round are any indication (Kavon Frazier, Xavier Woods, Donovan Wilson) Israel Mukuamu’s role on the defense is all but assured.

Yet, Mukuamu will have to prove himself against other veteran safeties like Jayron Kearse, Steven Parker, and Darian Thompson who all slot behind projected starters Damontae Kazee and Donovan Wilson. Again, special teams could be the avenue for the rookie to actually make the active roster. Otherwise, the practice squad could be in his future.

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Matt Farniok, OL

Having played every position along the offensive line at Nebraska, Farniok’s versatility gives him an improved chance of cracking the depth chart as a rookie. He projects better as an interior lineman, so he could fill the void left by Joe Looney. But he’ll compete with veterans like Adam Redmond, Mitch Hyatt, Brandon Knight, and Connor McGovern all looking to do the same. Unless Farniok balls out this summer, the practice squad is the likely destination in year one.