The NFL Draft is just days away and NFL coaches and General Managers are starting to get serious about who they should look to snag in the first round of the NFL Draft. One of the teams who has a lot of different options are the Dallas Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys, who currently posses the number ten overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, have had an offseason to be proud of. Although they had a successful offseason, there is still more work that needs to be done and they could use the upcoming NFL Draft to get the job done.
The Dallas Cowboys have been linked to a variety of different prospects throughout the NFL Draft process and they will have a lot of options considering the fact that they have the number ten overall pick. The Cowboys have their star quarterback locked up for a long time, so the inevitable early run of quarterbacks will be beneficial for the Cowboys at pick ten.
The Dallas Cowboys could explore a variety of different avenues, and I’m sure they have been already. Let’s dive into three last minute ideas the Dallas Cowboys could roll with with their number ten pick in the NFL Draft.
Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama
Everyone and their grandmother is aware of the glaring need the Dallas Cowboys have at cornerback, and the team should surely look to address that area with their first selection of the NFL Draft. Patrick Surtain, who’s father played in the NFL, is the most NFL Ready cornerback in this year’s draft and could be a gem for the Dallas secondary in the very near future.
Patrick Surtain, who stands at 6-foot-2, played under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama and could translate nicely to the next level. Surtain is a very physical cornerback with great playmaking abilities and he would team up nicely with his former Alabama teammate Trevon Diggs in the secondary.
Surtain, in his career at Alabama, tallied 116 total tackles, six tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 24 passes defended, four interceptions, and one defensive touchdown. Patrick Surtain would be a great addition to the Dallas Cowboys.
Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Dallas Cowboys should go with Patrick Surtain in the first round of the NFL Draft, but if he proves to be unavailable the Cowboys could snag Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater. Slater, who stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 315 pounds, is your prototypical NFL offensive lineman and he would be translate well to the NFL level.
In my opinion, Rashawn Slater is the best offensive tackle candidate in this year’s draft class, but many experts have given that title to Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell. Slater is a plug and play guy who could start from day one for the Dallas Cowboys if need be. Slater is also athletic enough to double as an offensive guard, giving the Dallas Cowboys an intriguing and versatile weapon to enhance their offensive line.
We all know how much Jerry Jones loves to add offensive linemen early in the NFL Draft and he could do the same thing this year. Protecting Dak Prescott is of upmost importance to Dallas and the addition of Rashawn Slater to enhance the front five could be an answered prayer.
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
This pick could be more of an interesting selection for the Dallas Cowboys and I haven’t seen it mocked one time to this point. The addition of a star linebacker in Micah Parsons could revamp the Dallas defense and they may not be able to pass up a talent as good as Parsons.
Micah Parsons is a generational talent at the linebacker position and he could be the one of the best linebackers to come into the league in the past five years. Parsons does everything extremely well and could be a major weapon on the Dallas defense, especially now that long time linebacker Sean Lee has recently retired.
Micah Parsons, in his two year career at Penn State, tallied 191 total tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and five passes defended. Parsons is an elite talent and the Cowboys could put his off the field issues to the side like they’ve done before and land a great linebacker to enhance their unit.