Saturday, January 16, 2021

Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup, 4.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Dallas Cowboys from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Dallas Cowboys, check out our 2021 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Cowboys:

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (1/15)

10. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Since losing Dak Prescott for the season, the Cowboys are playing their best football heading into Week 17. Two of the team's top four corners -- Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie -- are scheduled to become free agents in March.

Along with Alabama's Surtain, Farley is in the mix to be the first corner off the board in April. Farley (6-2, 207) fits the mold that the 49ers prefer and he had four interceptions and 12 passes defended in 2019 before opting out this season.

San Diego Union Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/13)

10. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

Injuries and age are starting to erode what was once the Cowboys greatest strength, it's offensive line. Slater handled Chase Young as a junior while playing left tackle and didn't allow a single sack the entire season. He's versatile and talented enough to play all five offensive line positions. Slater opted out of this season due to COVID.

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (1/13)

10. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

The Cowboys have to prioritize the secondary early in the draft. Farley is a tall but athletic and instinctive corner.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (1/12)

10. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

Many fans will disapprove of any pick that isn't a defensive player, but the Cowboys' offensive line woes were a constant theme all season. Not only does Slater have NFL-ready talent, he offers the versatility to play tackle or guard, giving the Cowboys much-needed flexibility.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (1/7)

10. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Dallas has to get better on defense, particularly in the secondary, and Surtain is an NFL-ready option given his technical-refinement and ball skills. His ability in press and man coverage is needed in the Cowboys secondary, and his time at Alabama should make him an immediate answer.

ESPN - Todd McShay (1/7)

10. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

What Dallas does in the draft will likely come down to the outcome of Dak Prescott's contract situation. The Cowboys will know whether they need a QB by the time they're on the clock; we just don't know right now. But considering Surtain is still available, and Dallas hasn't had a shutdown corner in years, this seems almost too easy.

It wasn't Surtain's best season, but he has strong instincts and can redirect wideouts where he wants them. Trevon Diggs -- Surtain's former teammate in Tuscaloosa -- appears to be a great value pick for Dallas (No. 51 in 2020), but fellow cornerbacks Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie could be coming off the books this offseason. On throws outside the hashes, Dallas allowed the fourth-highest opponent QBR in 2020 (83.5).

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/5)

10. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

A defense that yielded 473 points, a franchise-worst, can't be expected to make significant progress with simply another year in Mike Nolan's system. Despite being seldom tested late in his career at Alabama, Surtain is one of this class' most proven entities given his track record of sticking with top receivers.

Athlon Sports - Bryan Fisher (1/5)

10. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Cowboys once had the best offensive line in football but, as we saw this season, that is no longer the case. Darrisaw can help re-tool up front while the team goes about protecting Dak Prescott in a far better manner going forward.

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