4 important takeaways from Cowboys 53-man roster

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1. Micah Parsons saved 2021 draft class from disaster

It was reported leading up to Tuesday's deadline that the Cowboys could ransack their 2021 draft class and that's exactly what happened.

For starters, second-round pick Kelvin Joseph, whom many expected to make the 53 after a standout preseason, was traded to the Dolphins. Six of Dallas' final seven picks from that year were released, including linebacker Jabril Cox, OL Josh Ball, wideout Simi Fehoko, NT Quinton Bohanna, and OL Matt Farniok

That leaves Micah Parsons, Osa Odighizuwa, Chauncey Golston, Nahshon Wright and Israel Mukuamu as the only players left standing from the 11-player class. And it's no sure thing that Wright lasts the entire season, either. He'll miss the first four games on IR and could get cut if Dallas decides to add another more depth at another position.

The 2021 draft will always be viewed as a success because of Parsons, who might be the best defensive player in football. Odighizuwa has proven to be a starter in the league, too, but it's pretty humbling to think a team with the drafting track record of the Cowboys has utterly gashed a class from two years ago.