The draft position has been set for this Dallas Cowboys mock draft…
After months of speculation, the Dallas Cowboys finally know their spot in the draft order: Pick 10. While not as high as many hoped, something can be said for the Dallas Cowboys resilience down the stretch and ability to win three of their final four games of the season.
Even with the surge, the Cowboys are still picking in the top-10 in the 2021 NFL Draft. With as many as four QBs going in the top-10, Dallas could still find a trade partner that wants to move up to snag the last remaining “franchise QB” in this draft (likely Trey Lance). If Dallas can seize that opportunity, they could find themselves in position to pick up an extra one or two picks in the top-100.
In this draft scenario the Dallas Cowboys trade with the Chicago Bears. Dallas moves back to Pick 20 and gains an extra 2021 second rounder and a 2022 third rounder.
When the Dallas Cowboys hired Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan last January, the thought was that his hybrid scheme with multiple three and four-man fronts would keep opposing offenses off-balance.
The defense as a whole struggled for most of the 2020 season. They finished 28th in points allowed, 31st against the run, and 23rd in overall defense. The best player on the Cowboys defensive unit, DeMarcus Lawrence Jersey, talked on Monday about how injuries and playing young players were a big part of the struggles on defense in Dallas.
“We went through some tough battles at the beginning of the season,” Lawrence said, via the team’s website. “Not me personally with Coach, but I’m just saying, in general, as a defense we went through tough battles. When you’re playing with young guys on defense you have to take into consideration that some things that are easy for me won’t be easy for the next person.”
The Cowboys ended the season on a high note going 3-1 over their last four games, mainly due to an improved defensive unit. They only allowed 20 points per game over that span which was almost 10 points lower than their average for the season (29.9). Also, they forced 12 turnovers, which was more than they had in the first 12 games (11).
Lawrence mentioned that Nolan made adjustments to his scheme to get better results on the field, which included more snaps for guys like Randy Gregory Jersey and second-year safety Donovan Wilson Jersey.
“I respect Mike as a man because he looked himself in the mirror and he changed some things to make us play faster and helped us play better,” Lawrence said. “I mean, it was later in the season, but we started to see improvements, and I think it really shined a light on the type of players we are.”
Despite playing on a defense that was one of the league’s worst from an overall standpoint, Lawrence was his usual dominant self. He finished third in run stops and forced fumbles (4) for all edge rushers according to Pro Football Focus who also named him a second-team All-Pro for 2020.
The game of football is the ultimate team sport, though, and Lawrence vows to have the Cowboys defense ready for next season.
“I’ll make sure we’re ready,” Lawrence said. “That’s all there is to it. You can expect us to give our all, make sure we come out there and dominate each and every play and make sure we show you the type of men we have in this locker room.”
The 2021 NFL Draft is a little under four months away. Possessing the 10th overall pick, if the Cowboys are smart, defense will be a huge priority.
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Dallas Cowboys Pick 20
Jaycee Horn, CB
The Dallas Cowboys need to invest early in the cornerback position. They stand to lose starter Chidobe Awuzie Jersey and reserve Jourdan Lewis Jersey in free agency this winter and need a plug and play starter to replace them.
In this scenario, Caleb Farley was off the board at Pick 10 so rather than reach on Patrick Surtain, they traded back, snagging a couple extra picks and moving back to a spot where the value makes sense.
Jaycee Horn’s stock has been on the rise all season. The South Carolina cornerback has been one of the premier prospects in this draft class and could ultimately be the best in the class. Standing 6-foot-1 205lbs, Horn is the type of big-bodied, long corners the Dallas Cowboys covet on the boundary.
Horn thrives in man coverage and can physically match-up against just about anyone (including TEs). He’s smart and instinctual. Sticky in man coverage Horn has true No. 1 CB ability and would be one heck of a partner to Trevon Diggs Jersey on the opposite side. He’s rated as my No. 2 CB in the draft.