The 2021 NFL Draft is less than a month away! It will be a special one, too. One year after the first-ever virtual NFL Draft, fans will be back in the stands, Roger Goodell will be back on the podium, and prospects will likely hug him when they hear their name called. For the Dallas Cowboys, having a top 10 Draft pick makes things all the more exciting.
Without further ado, let’s get to my 3-round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft!
(Non-Cowboys picks using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine).
CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
Round 1, 10th-overall.
As the Draft gets closer and closer, cornerback seems like the most likely possibility for the Cowboys at 10. Tight End Kyle Pitts will likely be off the board by the time it’s their turn to pick. What the Denver Broncos do one pick before will have a big impact on the Cowboys. Denver is likely going to go defense unless a quarterback falls to pick #9 and they could go with a cornerback or with Linebacker Micah Parsons.
In this scenario, the Broncos took Parsons, making the decision easier for the Cowboys. Patrick Surtain is the best cornerback of the Draft despite Jaycee Horn’s quick rise on the boards. After a strong Pro Day, the Cowboys should be even more comfortable taking him.
Surtain is NFL-ready and would fit right into Dan Quinn’s defense. Despite some concerns regarding his speed, Surtain is a smart cornerback who plays press coverage exceptionally well. He’s good in zone coverage as well and makes few mistakes.
DL Christian Barmore, Alabama
Round 2, 44th-overall
The Cowboys go back to the Alabama well. Christian Barmore would be a steal with the 44th pick as he’s considered by many the best defensive tackle in this class. Barmore’s pass-rushing skills would very helpful for the Cowboys.
Barmore didn’t test very well in his Pro Day, with his measurables disappointing many analysts. However, Barmore’s traits could keep him in the first round. If he drops to the 44th pick, it’ll be hard for the Dallas Cowboys to pass on him.
S Jevon Holland, Oregon
Round 3, 75th-overall
As I simulated the third round of the NFL Draft, I was excited as heck to see the prospects that were still on the board. However, plenty of those names were selected just before the Cowboys’ turn. Richie Grant, Elijah Molden, Ifeatu Melifonwu, Aaron Robinson, and Chazz Surratt were all selected in the previous seven picks.
However, the Cowboys ended up with Holland. According to The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, Holland is the third-best safety in this class. In Oregon. Holland displayed his versatility playing in more than one place as a defensive back. But he was most productive as a free safety and nickelback. With 9 interceptions in two seasons, Holland’s play-making ability could be enough to convince the Cowboys to add talent to the safety room.
CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia
Round 3, 99th-overall
Although I was surprised to see Campbell still on the board at 99, it wouldn’t be far-fetched. Day 2 will feature a lot of competitive cornerbacks and you never know how the league has them stacked up.
Campbell started three years as a Georgia Bulldog and although he wasn’t the biggest play-maker in the SEC, he was constantly improving. With this pick, the Cowboys get a cornerback with enough physical talent to develop into a starter. Plus, he’s a good run defender. As a long, 6’2 prospect, one would imagine Dan Quinn would like Campbell.
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