The long-awaited 2021 NFL Draft has come and gone. The Dallas Cowboys made 11 selections in this year’s draft, mostly helping to bolster the defense.
This was an interesting draft for Dallas as they used multiple picks on players with question marks. It will be vital for the coaches to get the best out of each player to make this draft class a success.
Here is my analysis for each pick in the 2021 Dallas Cowboys draft class and an overall grade.
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The Cowboys were wiped out at cornerback when they came on the clock at 10th overall. So, trading back and picking up an extra third-round draft pick made sense.
Parsons was apparently the top defensive player on the Cowboys board all along so they were more than happy to select him at 12th overall. Selecting Parsons became a reason why the Cowboys chose to decline Leighton Vander Esch’s fifth-year option.
The 2020 opt-out is a freak athlete, running a 4.39 40-yard dash at his pro-day. But, due to the opt-out, we have not been able to see him play football in over a year.
The skill-set is clearly evident and linebacker was a need for the Cowboys, Parsons should be able to step in immediately and help one of the worst run defenses in the NFL.