4 prospects the Dallas Cowboys should consider in Round 1

Patrick Surtain II, NFL Draft, Cowboys
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The Dallas Cowboys had a rough season in 2020, but the price they get to pay is getting a top 10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Cowboys could go a lot of different directions with their 10th overall selection in the draft, but a lot will depend on what they do in the offseason with their free agents.

The Cowboys’ main focus needs to be on bringing back their franchise quarterback Dak Prescott and establishing the core of their franchise yet again. The Cowboys will have to work some of their magic if they hope to remain in contention next season, but more than likely they’ll keep the players they want to keep.

With the idea of the likelihood of them keeping Prescott seeming very good, the only needs the Cowboys would need to address in the 2021 offseason are the offensive line, defensive line, and some secondary help. All of those areas could be emphasized in the 2021 NFL Draft and their 10th overall selection would give them a top tier talent at one of those positions.

The Dallas Cowboys hit on some big time talent in last year’s NFL Draft and they could do the same in 2021. Here’s a look at four prospects the Cowboys should consider drafting in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami

Gregory Rousseau is considered to be the top talent at the defensive end position in the 2021 NFL Draft despite sitting out the entire 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns and his preparation for his professional career. Rousseau combines his incredible power with excellent speed and could be the next Khalil Mack at defensive end.

If Rousseau is available at pick number 10, there’s no question that the Cowboys should snag the star defensive end. Rousseau, in basically one full season, logged 59 tackles, 19.5 tackles for a loss, 15.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovered, and one pass defended. Rosseau finished right behind Chase Young, who was taken with the number two overall pick a season ago, in sacks in 2020 and was considered to be one of the best talents in this year’s draft.

Dallas needs some reliable defensive playmakers and Gregory Rousseau would be one of the guys they could bring in to help. If Dallas wants to establish a great defense yet again, they should consider snagging Rousseau by any means necessary.

Wyatt Davis, OL, Ohio State

The Cowboys don’t have as dominant of an offensive line as they used to, but they could change that by snagging one of the best guards in the 2021 NFL Draft. One guy who I feel fits the scheme the Cowboys are looking for is Wyatt Davis from Ohio State.

Davis stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 315 pounds. Davis was a unanimous All-American in 2020 and is likely going to be a top 15 pick in the NFL Draft. Davis is a two-time All American and was the 2020 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.

He played a huge role in helping the Buckeyes reach the National Championship Game and helping them rank eighth in rushing offense as well as 11th in total offense. Davis would help the Cowboys revamp their offensive line and could play a key role in helping block for former Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott.

Kwity Paye, DT, Michigan

The Dallas Cowboys, if they aren’t revamping their offensive line, need to put some emphasis on the defensive line. One of the guys they could go after is none other than Michigan defensive tackle Kwity Paye.

Paye, 22, stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 272 pounds. Paye is the most dominant defensive tackle in the 2021 NFL Draft and his agility and speed could allow him to be one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. He is a monster in the weight room as well. Paye can hold a 200-pound kettle bell chin high while wearing three weighted vests and make it look easy.

In four seasons at Michigan, Paye logged 97 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. Paye has the size and speed of a defensive end, but has the power of a defensive tackle. He is going to be a dominant NFL defensive tackle and the Cowboys should snag him to be the focal point of their defensive line.

Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama

Patrick Surtain Jr. is the son of former NFL All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain Sr. and his son may be even better than he was. The Cowboys should look to make Surtain Jr. the 10th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and establish a starting cornerback for years to come.

Surtain has the potential to put every other Alabama cornerback alumni to shame with his physical, yet effective style of play. It’s very rare to find a cornerback who is both physical and a ball hawk, but Surtain has the ability to be both. The Cowboys need a cornerback to play opposite of fellow Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs, and the two could reunite in the lone star state.

The 6-foot-2 cornerback had a very successful college football career at Alabama in just three years with the program. Surtain logged 116 tackles, six tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 24 passes defended, four interceptions, and one defensive touchdown for the Crimson Tide. If Dallas is looking for a dominant cornerback opposite of Diggs, they may have their guy in Patrick Surtain Jr.