It’s Friday, so it’s time for our newest mock draft tracker. This yr, not like virtually any yr in current reminiscence, the Cowboys appeared locked into one participant for his or her decide at 10, at the least should you purchase what the mock drafts are promoting.
Nearly all people is on the Patrick Surtain II practice. It is sensible. The Cowboys protection was terrible in 2020. They let Chidobe Awuzie stroll in free company, opening up a spot at outdoors nook. Surtain has about as excessive of a flooring as you’ll discover amongst prospects on this draft.
Add all of it up, and the conclusion, shared by seven of our ten mock drafters, is Surtain for the Cowboys first decide within the draft.
Josh Edwards, CBS Sports activities
Patrick Surtain II CB
ALABAMA • JR • 6’2” / 203 LBS
Surtain is a secure decide for the Dallas protection. The Cowboys have missed lots on the place in recent times so Surtain ought to lastly add some stability.
Charley Casserly, NFL.com
Patrick Surtain II
Alabama · CB
Surtain will staff with Trevon Diggs to offer Dallas two good, younger cornerbacks.
Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The Cowboys shall be tempted to improve their offensive line, however I think that they’ll goal a possible shutdown cornerback as a substitute to repair their woeful move protection.
Son of former Dolphins star cornerback Patrick Surtain Sr., Surtain II was examined early by groups, but was capable of punish opponents for doing so.
Pete Schrager, NFL.com
Patrick Surtain II
Alabama · CB
The primary defensive participant off the board, and it’s a cornerback to a staff in determined want of assist there. Surtain would be a part of his former Crimson Tide teammate, Trevon Diggs, in Dan Quinn’s defensive backfield.
Sam Monson, PFF
10. DALLAS COWBOYS: CB PATRICK SURTAIN II, ALABAMA
The Dallas Cowboys are probably the most need-driven groups in relation to drafting, and even with cornerback Trevon Diggs enjoying nicely down the stretch in his rookie season, the staff nonetheless wants a beginning nook. On this mock, they’ve their decide of the place and seize a participant with actual NFL bloodlines in Patrick Surtain II, whose father was an elite cornerback himself again within the 2000s.
The youthful Surtain performs with a few of the finest management and poise you’ll ever see on the cornerback spot. He is among the solely gamers I’ve ever studied who by no means gave up an enormous play on a double transfer in school. Surtain ticks the entire bins by way of athletic measurables and has the pedigree at an elite college in an elite convention. His solely flaws are very coachable, and I feel he has an extremely excessive flooring due to that. If the draft unfolded this fashion, Dallas ought to dash to the rostrum with this decide.
Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Community
Patrick Surtain II
Thanos: “Baby, it’s a easy calculus. Shutdown corners are finite, the possibility to draft them finite. If the secondary is left undrafted, protection will stop to exist. It wants an improve.”
Gamora: “You don’t know that!”
Thanos: “I’m the one one who is aware of that. A minimum of, I’m the one one with the need to draft on it.”
On the whole, most of those mocks are saying the identical factor in their very own manner. Surtain represents a necessity for the Cowboys, however he’s additionally in consideration for the very best defensive participant within the draft. In most of those mocks, Surtain is the primary defender off the board, or at the least the primary nook off the board. However in some circumstances, Jaycee Horn is the primary nook taken, and we’re seeing that with decide quantity eight to the Carolina Panthers.
It makes you marvel if there’s a purpose some mocks are seeing Horn as out of the blue the higher selection over Surtain, or are they merely sticking with the “Surtain to Dallas” mantra and sliding Horn in for the Panthers.
We do have one mock the place the Cowboys take Surtain over a sure different participant.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting Information
Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (6-2, 203 kilos)
Surtain vs. Farley as the highest nook is an efficient debate and the Cowboys can’t go flawed with both one to take of care their major defensive want with one of many two most secure defensive picks within the draft.
It’s not Farley we’re speaking about because the “sure different participant” on this mock. Nope. It’s Kyle Pitts. On this mock, the Cowboys move on Pitts for Surtain, and Pitts find yourself going to… gasp… the Eagles.
If it’s not Surtain ending up in Dallas, it’s usually the opposite nook, Jaycee Horn. Typically mockers have the Cowboys selecting Horn as a result of Surtain is already gone.
Connor Orr, SI.com
10. Dallas Cowboys: Jaycee Horn, DB, South Carolina
Ideally, for the Cowboys, Justin Fields received’t slide, which might as a substitute push Patrick Surtan II into their laps. With Surtain off the board although, Horn is just not a foul second possibility for a staff that’s determined for assist on the cornerback place. The Gamecocks requested Horn to separate man and zone tasks about half the time, which means he ought to be comfy within the Seahawksian protection Dan Quinn hopes to deliver to Dallas.
However each infrequently, a mock can have the Cowboys selecting Horn as a result of they assume he’s the higher possibility.
Chris Trapasson, CBS Sports activities
Jaycee Horn CB
SOUTH CAROLINA • JR • 6’1” / 205 LBS
Given the explosiveness of his exercise, it wouldn’t shock me in any respect if Horn goes forward of Surtain — who had a wonderful exercise too however isn’t as twitchy on movie.
The one different possibility that pops up is offensive deal with. If Penei Sewell managed to slip to 10, the Cowboys must try this. However can the identical be mentioned for Rashawn Slater?
Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports activities
10. Dallas Cowboys
Northwestern OT-OG Rashawn Slater
It will anger some Cowboys followers, and we get it. They want protection! We all know, we all know. Would they take into account South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn right here? Perhaps — he’d match Dan Quinn’s desire for longer corners. What about LB Micah Parsons? One other possibly, particularly in the event that they’re fearful concerning the well being of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.
However Slater might be a Day 1 beginning left guard who ultimately strikes to deal with. Dallas has accomplished a great job of sticking to its board, particularly with first-rounders, so a Slater decide right here shouldn’t be beautiful. Some groups consider he has an opportunity to be picked forward of Sewell.
Ought to that even be an possibility for Dallas?