On January 18th, the NFL announced that there will be no in-person workouts at the NFL combine this year. Instead, any workouts will take place on college campuses on individual pro days.
With a month left until the 2021 NFL Draft, April 29th, pro day workouts have already commenced. Defensive back help has been the primary position floating around the Dallas Cowboys target list at pick 10, but a lot could change in the coming weeks.
Here is the first edition of the Mock Draft Roundup.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL
School: USC | Year: Junior
“It might be wise for the Cowboys to find an insurance policy for the oft-injured Tyron Smith.”
Michael Renner, PFF.com – Caleb Farley, CB
School: Virginia Tech | Year: Junior
“The Cowboys have to have at least one outside corner with some speed, and Farley certainly has that. He also has the size and length that Dan Quinn covets in his defense. Farley was lights-out before opting out — he allowed a passer rating of just 26.8 on throws into his coverage in 2019.”
Ryan Gosling, Pro Footbal Network – Kyle Pitts, TE
School: Florida | Year: Junior
“Okay, hear me out. The Dallas Cowboys need to work on their defense. However, like CeeDee Lamb falling to them last year, there is no way they can pass up the upside of Florida’s Kyle Pitts here at 10. In his most recent mock, Mel Kiper Jr. said that in all his years of scouting players, he has never had a tight end rated this high, calling Pitts a combination of receiver and tight end.”
Tab Bamford, Elite Sports NY – Patrick Surtain II, CB
School: Alabama | Year: Junior
“Dallas fixed their quarterback issue with a massive deal for Dak Prescott. Now they can fix their defense (and, at some point, start plugging holes on their offensive line). The secondary remains a huge sticking point for Dallas so the best corner in the class would be a solid pick.”
Glynn Morgan, NBC Sports – Caleb Farley, CB
“ Before his recent microdiscectomy surgery ( a procedure doctors use to remove herniated disks in the spine ), Farley, potentially was a top seven pick. Dropping to Dallas at number ten isn’t terrible, but the possibility remains that he could fall further down teams’ draft boards.”
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com – Rashawn Slater, OL
School: Northwestern | Year: Senior
“Slater is a potential “five for one” lineman who can play any position up front. The Cowboys were at their best when the offensive line was strong, and this Northwestern product helps strengthen that unit.”
Kyle Youmans, DallasCowboys.com – Rashawn Slater, OL
“While the majority of the 2021 offseason wish list lies on the defensive side of the ball, Dallas can’t afford to put their investment on offense at risk with a suspect offensive line. Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater is the perfect piece to invest in long-term for the front five.”
David Helman, DallasCowboys.com – Patrick Surtain II, CB
“Revamping the secondary with the best young corner in this class makes entirely too much sense.”
Mel Kiper, ESPN.com – Patrick Surtain II, CB
Clarence Hill Jr., Star Telegram – Caleb Farley, CB
“Getting the pick of the litter at CB is the dream scenario. Farley gets the nod over Patrick Surtain II, but this is close.”
Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network – Jaycee Horn, CB (pick 13)
School: South Caroline | Year: Junior
Cowboys receive pick #13 and pick #47. Chargers receive pick #10 and pick #178.
“This young man is a dog. The Cowboys obviously need secondary help early and often in any simulation, and this 2-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft is no different. Jaycee Horn is an athletic, physical, and long cornerback whose best fit (and most of his college tape) is in press man.”
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