QB’s Flying Off the Board

Dallas Cowboys Draft: With the 2021 NFL Draft under two weeks away the top 10 selections in the draft are beginning to look clearer. The Dallas Cowboys currently hold pick No.10 and the expectation is that the Cowboys should have options when they officially are on the clock.

With the New York Jets trading quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers trading up to the No.3 overall pick in the draft, it is almost guaranteed that the first three players drafted will be quarterbacks.

On draft night the Cowboys are hoping for as many quarterbacks as possible to be drafted after signing quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term contract extension.

Once in a Lifetime Prospect

The Dallas Cowboys offense is the clear strength of this team. With that being said in this year’s draft it would be wise for the Cowboys to use a majority of their picks on defensive players.

In the first round, the Cowboys should draft a defensive player with pick No.10 or they should trade down and acquire more picks. The ONLY offensive player that is an exception for this is Florida Gators tight end, Kyle Pitts.

Pitts, a 6’6” 246-pound absolute freak can make an immediate impact on the Cowboys providing another matchup nightmare for opposing teams.

Last season at UF, Pitts caught 43 passes for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. It seems highly unlikely that Pitts will still be on the board at No.10, but if he is the Cowboys cannot mess this up.

When watching Kyle Pitts on the field he looks as if the second coming of Calvin Johnson is playing tight end. Even though Pitts has incredible size he grabbed every scout’s attention running a 4.44 forty-yard dash.

Crimson Tide Corners

With the 51st pick in the second round of last year’s draft, the Dallas Cowboys struck gold selecting Trevon Diggs, a cornerback out of the University of Alabama. Right now it appears that the first round of the upcoming draft will be quarterback, wide receiver, and lineman heavy early on.

Patrick Surtain II used to play with Diggs at Alabama and is one of the highest-rated defensive players in this year’s draft.

Surtain II is expected to be one of the prospects still on the board at No.10 if a team like the Carolina Panthers decides to draft someone other than a cornerback. Throughout his career at Alabama, Surtain intercepted four passes, broke up 24 passes, and had 116 tackles.

Adding Surtain to the Dallas Cowboys secondary would provide an instant upgrade and day one starter similar to Diggs.

Following the departure of Byron Jones, last offseason cornerback has become a weakness once again. So far in free agency, the Cowboys have added to their secondary a glaring weakness on their team.

The Cowboys added two safeties this offseason, Keanu Neal and Damonte Kazee. Both Neal and Kazee played under new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as members of the Atlanta Falcons.

Other Options

The top lineman in this year’s draft is Oregon offensive Tackle Penei Sewell. Last year the Cowboys struggled with injuries across the offensive line with Tyron Smith and La’el Collins missing significant time. Sewell would immediately make the offensive line younger and potentially start his career inside as a guard.

As I look at things right now the Dallas Cowboys need to walk away from draft night with either Pitts, Surtain, or Sewell as a member of the Cowboys.

If Dallas is unable to get one of these blue-chip prospects it would be wise for the team to get on the phone and attempt to trade down and acquire more selections for day two.

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Anthony is a senior at the University of Miami pursuing dual degrees in Sports Administration and Broadcast Journalism. He started as the assistant Sports editor at the Miami Hurricane Student newspaper and has progressed to be a Sales Representative at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. He is also interning at Knup Solutions as a content writer. Even though he is from New Jersey Anthony is one of the biggest Cowboys fans you can come across.

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