Former Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons became the Dallas Cowboys’ 2021 first-round draft pick on Thursday night. Parsons is an athletic specimen, and the Cowboys are betting on his talents to improve the defense as a whole.
There is much more to the draft than the first-round. The cliche saying is that championship rosters are built on days two and three. It is good news that the Cowboys hold four selections on the second day of the draft, if that’s the case.
Dallas is set to pick at 44th overall in the second-round, 75th overall in the third, 84th overall via the Eagles, and 99th overall. Those picks gives the Cowboys more darts to throw, so to speak. The more opportunities to draft prospects, the more opportunities to hit.
COWBOYS CAN GET AGGRESSIVE IN ROUNDS TWO AND THREE
But, what if the Cowboys want to get aggressive on the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft? Dallas has already made one move this weekend — moving back with the Eagles in the first-round — so it is clear that the front office is not afraid to move around.
Four more picks in the top-100 gives the Cowboys the ammo necessary to potentially trade up to get a player that they really like. Not one safety or defensive tackle was taken within the first 32 picks of the draft, meaning there are some talented players on the board at positions of need for the Cowboys.
TCU safety Trevon Moehrig is perhaps the biggest name that stands out. Moehrig played his collegiate ball less than 20 miles away from AT&T Stadium. He plays a position that the Dallas Cowboys have needed to upgrade for years.
The Jaguars were a popular choice to pick Moehrig at 25th overall. If the TCU product slips past Jacksonville at 33, the Cowboys could be interested in moving up. Notre Dame’s jack-of-all-trades Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah still remains available. It seems unrealistic for the former Fighting Irish star to be in range for the Cowboys to take, however. Crazier things have happened, though.
PLAYERS THAT COULD BE ON COWBOYS’ RADAR
Other players of interest for the Cowboys that remain on the board include Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore, Washington defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike, and Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel, Jr.
More names to be aware of are UCF safety Richie Grant, Syracuse cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu, and Georgia pass rusher Azeez Ojulari. The Dallas Cowboys have also been linked to Oregon and Washington defensive backs Jevon Holland and Elijah Molden.
Dallas has the ability to stay put and let the draft fall to them. There are much, much worse things than to have four day two selections. But, the Cowboys do hold enough ammo to make a trade up in either round two or round three if they desire.
No matter how you slice it, the Dallas Cowboys will definitely fill more holes on defense on the second day of the draft.
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