Friday, April 16, 2021

Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 9.0

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 - Hanson (4/15)

10. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Re-signing Jourdan Lewis to a three-year deal but losing Chidobe Awuzie in free agency likely means that this pick is an outside corner, especially if the Cowboys have their choice of the position group. A three-year starter and the 2020 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Surtain II has an NFL pedigree (father was a three-time Pro Bowl CB and his high school coach) with the size (6-2, 208), length and ball skills that new coordinator Dan Quinn will covet.

Fox Sports - Rang (4/15)

10. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The Cowboys allowed 34 passing touchdowns in 2020 with just 10 interceptions, one of the worst ratios in the NFL in 2020. With Dak Prescott re-signed and the Cowboys seemingly in a position to compete again for the division title, it is hard to imagine Jerry Jones passing on an opportunity to solidify the secondary with Surtain, an NFL legacy with his own Pro Bowl potential.

CBS Sports - Jones (4/14)

10. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

This fit seems so obvious I almost don't want to make it. Surtain is the best corner in an athletically gifted class, and he has the pedigree to excel with the star on his helmet in Dan Quinn's defense.

Washington Post - Clayton (4/14)

10. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

It's hard to believe, but this would mark the first defensive player selected. Surtain fills a need for the Cowboys at corner.

The Athletic - Brugler (4/14)

10. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

In the Super Bowl era, the latest slot where the first defensive player in the draft was taken was in 1999 when Champ Bailey went No. 7 to Washington. But Surtain falling to No. 10 as the first defender is a realistic possibility. Dallas has the chance to reunite him with Trevon Diggs on the cornerback depth chart.

Yahoo Sports! - Edholm (4/13)

10. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

This will anger some Cowboys fans, and we get it. They need defense! We know, we know. Would they consider South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn here? Maybe -- he'd fit Dan Quinn's preference for longer corners. What about LB Micah Parsons? Another maybe, especially if they're worried about the health of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.

But Slater could be a Day 1 starting left guard who eventually moves to tackle. Dallas has done a good job of sticking to its board, especially with first-rounders, so a Slater pick here shouldn't be stunning. Some teams believe he has a chance to be picked ahead of Sewell.

ESPN - Kiper (4/13)

15. Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Dallas trades back five spots with New England, gains what would likely be a 2022 first-round pick and is able to plug a need at No. 15. The Cowboys' defense was dreadful last season, and they lost starting corner Chidobe Awuzie in free agency. They can pair Horn with 2020 second-round pick Trevon Diggs, who had a nice rookie season. The knock on Horn is that he had only two career interceptions, but that ball production should come in time. - Schrager (4/8)

10. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The first defensive player off the board, and it's a cornerback to a team in desperate need of help there. Surtain would join his former Crimson Tide teammate, Trevon Diggs, in Dan Quinn's defensive backfield.

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