Dallas Cowboys: Grading Jerry Jones’ 2021 draft class

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Matt Farniok, Dallas Cowboys

Matt Farniok, Nebraska Cornhuskers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys have an impressive 2021 draft class – we grade each one

The 2021 NFL Draft is crucial to the short and long-term success of the Dallas Cowboys. For one, they are a competitive team looking to add players to put them over the top. Another reason is that they had 11 draft picks this year.

The picks are spread out to one on day one, four on day two, and six on day three. That includes four compensatory picks, four original picks, and three traded to Dallas from other teams.

There are a lot of picks to analyze. Here’s hoping those listed below either live up to their expectations or surpass them.

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Matt Farniok (238)
OG Nebraska 6'5 311 LBS

Late-round picks are usually athletic freaks or have something against them to make their draft stock plummet. Nebraska guard Matt Farniok is the athletic freak.

He displayed great explosiveness, agility, and speed for an offensive guard at his pro day. It all added up to give him a 9.90 out of 10 RAS score. What impresses the most is his 7.19-second three-cone and 33-inch vertical.

His agility allows him to keep up with counter moves and stick to the shifty pass rushers. Farniok is not afraid to push through linemen and get to the second level on run plays. He needs to work on his technique to maintain control and work lower on double teams.

The Cowboys had issues along their offensive line last season due to injuries, and that is the only way Matt Farniok would make his way into the lineup anytime soon. If he can solidify his technique with help from All-Pro Zack Martin, being a backup o-lineman is realistic.

While it makes sense why the Cowboys would want to draft an offensive lineman, he will not contribute to the team anytime soon. Down the road, things might change, but this feels like a throw-in draft pick. I guess that’s what happens when you draft someone for their position.

Grade: D

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