We’re just below a month away from the 2021 NFL Draft. This time of yr is essential for zoning in on the attainable, but sensible, eventualities that would play out on draft day. With loads of Professional Day numbers out, it’s time to start out placing the ending touches on the draft board for the Dallas Cowboys.
At the moment, we’ll be utilizing The Draft Community’s simulator to undergo a seven-round mock draft for the Dallas Cowboys. Let’s dive in.
TRADE: Cowboys commerce 1:10 (1,300 factors) & 7:238 (2 factors) to the Patriots for 1:15 (1,050 factors) and a pair of:46 (440 factors). Patriots choose QB Justin Fields.
Jaycee Horn | South Carolina | CB
Buying and selling again within the first spherical, ought to be the Cowboys aim within the first spherical. Why it’s possible you’ll ask? There’s a sensible shot that the primary eight or 9 gamers drafted within the first spherical are all offensive gamers, and on this simulator state of affairs, that’s precisely what occurred. The Cowboys watched as; Lawrence, Wilson, Chase, Waddle, Pitts, Sewell, Slater, Lance, and Parson went off the board earlier than they have been on the clock at 10. With the Patriots nonetheless trying to draft their quarterback of the longer term, particularly after going “all-in” in free company, the cellphone rang, and with Horn, Surtain, Darrisaw, Ojulari, and Owuso-Koramoah nonetheless on the clock, you must really feel actually good about getting a participant you’ll love at fifteenth general, whereas additionally choosing up an extra second-round choose.
Fortunately for the Cowboys, CB1 fell all the way in which to fifteen. Jaycee Horn is seen by some (together with myself) as the highest ranked nook on this class after again surgical procedure for Farley knocked him off the highest spot. Horn examined exceptionally effectively at his Professional Day earlier within the week, and pairs his spectacular athleticism with a few of the greatest tape on this class. Horn’s bodily presence, demeanor, and protection abilities is precisely what this protection wants after a catastrophe of a yr in 2020.
Rondale Moore | Purdue | WR
The Cowboys have achieved sufficient on the defensive facet of the ball in free company (minus cornerback), to actually free them as much as go greatest participant obtainable early on this draft. With Purdue WR Rondale Moore falling to the forty fourth general choose, the expertise is simply an excessive amount of to move on. Whereas extensive receiver isn’t a giant want for the Cowboys, a dynamic, slot-receiving, speed-threat is one thing this offense desperately lacks. At his Professional Day, Moore ran a 4.29 40, had a 42.5” vertical, and a 6.68 3-cone. Moore is an athletic freak, that’s extraordinarily harmful with the soccer in his arms. Whereas some hope that Kyle Pitts, Jaylen Waddle, or DeVonta Smith would be the choose within the first spherical, touchdown Moore’s skill-set within the second is an superior comfort prize with what he provides out of the slot, and as a return man.
Richie Grant | UCF | FS
I guess you want that first-round commerce down now. Touchdown Rondale Moore and Richie Grant within the second spherical is how groups prolong their Tremendous Bowl home windows. Whereas many round Cowboys Nation and draft twitter love Richie Grant’s sport, it looks as if the NFL could also be slightly decrease on him than followers. Grant’s protection abilities, vary, ball abilities, and athleticism pops off the tape at UCF, and a dominant Senior Bowl week enhance his inventory, however there’s nonetheless a extremely good likelihood he’s obtainable for the Cowboys within the second spherical. Grant would step in because the groups greatest candidate at free security, and would pair up will with Donovan Wilson and Keanu Neal in Dan Quinn’s Cowl 3 heavy scheme. Studying the Cowboy tea leaves in free company, it appears as if there’s a bit extra of an emphasis on the protection place in 2021 than in years previous. Richie Grant is a good one to start out with.
TRADE: Cowboys commerce 3:75 (215 factors), 6:227 (2 factors), & 2022 fifth Spherical Choose to the Rams for two:57 (330 factors).
Jamin Davis | Kentucky | LB
This can be very vital for the Cowboys to be aggressive shifting round on this draft. With 10 complete picks, and loads of holes on protection, there’s no cause to be hesitant to maneuver up or down to select up influence gamers. Jamin Davis is simply that.
A one-year starter at Kentucky, Davis is one other freaky prospect that has celebrity potential on this class. In his one yr with substantial taking part in time, Davis had three interceptions, 4 tackles for loss, one-and-half sacks, and 102 tackles for the Wildcats. Davis lined up everywhere in the area for Kentucky, and has the pace, size, and measurement to play each MIKE and WILL in Dan Quinn’s defensive scheme. Davis is a ultra-athletic, high-effort, spectacular cover-linebacker with the power to remain on the sector on all three downs. Whereas his general method taking over blocks and trusting his keys want some improvement, Davis has the makings to be a big-time participant within the NFL.
Jamin Davis, Kentucky (6-3, 236 kilos)
A one-year starter at Kentucky, Davis was the Mike linebacker in head coach Mark Stoops’ 4-2-5 hybrid scheme. pic.twitter.com/hCf60EkWkJ
— john.herndon.storyteller (@JohnHerndonJr) March 21, 2021
Alim McNeill | NC State | iDL
The Cowboys added Brent City in free company, however that shouldn’t take them out of the working for the second-best defensive sort out on this class. Why extra folks aren’t speaking about Alim McNeill is past me, however after his Professional Day, that may doubtless change. McNeill is an absolute monster on the nostril sort out place, and performs with super athleticism for a giant man. Pairing McNeill and City collectively would give the Cowboys two robust run defenders on their line of defense, and would instantly improve their run-game woes from 2020. With Gallimore, Hill, and Watkins because the penciled in three-techniques, getting one other true nostril sort out within the constructing is essential, and McNeill is one of the best one on this class.
NC State DT Alim McNeill isn’t being talked about sufficient. Dude is an absolute wrecking ball within the inside of the protection.
• 6’2” 315lbs
• excellent athlete for giant man
• pocket pusher as a move rusher
• glorious anchor towards doubles
• makes use of size very effectively
• canine pic.twitter.com/1mRdgJ7pS1
— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 16, 2021
D’Ante Smith | ECU | OL
There’s no participant on this draft class who helped their inventory extra on the Senior Bowl than ECU’s D’Ante Smith. Taking part in left sort out at ECU, Smith battled by damage and struggled to place collectively persistently dominant tape. However on the Senior Bowl, Smith proved to be one of many extra gifted gamers on the offensive line. Possessing a formidable, however lankier, body, Smith has the power so as to add weight if want be to maneuver inside the place he confirmed consolation at in Cellular. Smith has spectacular size, footwork, and has the making to develop right into a starting-caliber linemen within the NFL. His place flexibility, size, athleticism, and robust exhibiting in Cellular will doubtless land him in the beginning of day three, as an alternative of late day three the place he was initially projected to go.
.@ECUPiratesFB LT D’Ante Smith will likely be an amazing Day 2 worth choose for some staff. Many OTs being mocked larger than @B1GSmoove don’t have almost his instruments. Onerous to get round somebody with 35 1/4 arms (85 1/8 wing) and light-weight ft. Nice rep right here vs. expert rusher Quincy Roche. pic.twitter.com/afFFnZxl68
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) February 26, 2021
Dayo Odeyingbo | Vanderbilt | EDGE
With the information of Tyrone Crawford retiring breaking, the staff will look to switch Crawford’s versatility on the line of defense. Vanderbilt’s Dayo Odeyingbo can do exactly that along with his capability to play DE and scale back down and play as a three-technique on passing downs. If not for an damage that may doubtless maintain Odeyingbo sidelined for many if not all the 2021 season, he had an opportunity to get drafted within the second spherical in accordance with some across the league. Whereas it’s greater than doubtless he’ll want a redshirt yr in Dallas, the expertise was an excessive amount of to move on in the course of day three, and with the long-term query marks at defensive finish for the Cowboys, that is the definition of a blue-star particular for the Cowboys.
Justin Hillard | Ohio State | LB
The Cowboys want a SAM linebacker if the staff goes to proceed to play Jaylon Smith at MIKE for a excessive share of snaps. Justin Hilliard may help in that space, in addition to make an early influence on particular groups all through his profession. Whereas Hilliard could by no means be a Professional Bowl stage participant, he can carve out a job within the NFL as a contributor on protection and particular groups. Hilliard’s effort, capability to play the place with physicality, and development he confirmed as a canopy man would slot in effectively in Dan Quinn’s protection. Whereas he was extra a reserve participant for the Buckeyes all through his profession, he shined down the stretch, which ought to enhance his inventory heading into the draft.
OLB Justin Hilliard been taking part in good soccer for @OhioStateFB over final month
6’1 231lbs excellent mixture of size/athleticism. Solely performed 263 snaps on protection coming into ’20 w/ accidents early on – granted sixth yr eligibility
Staggering 726 particular groups snaps in profession pic.twitter.com/3dFc7oYGex
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 3, 2021
Robert Rochell | Central Arkansas | CB
Central Arkansas’ Robert Rochell is a participant being slept on within the 2021 draft class. Whereas the tape does maintain some inconsistency, the traits are off the charts for the Central Arkansas nook. Rochell has superb arm size (32.5”), pace (4.39 40), and explosiveness on the place (42” vertical and 133” broad leap). From a traits perspective, he ought to doubtless be drafted on day two, however with such a loaded cornerback class, a few of these prime 100ish gamers are going to slip. If Rochell remains to be hanging round within the fifth or sixth spherical, the Cowboys ought to 100% pull the set off on the small college nook prospect.
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— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) August 29, 2020