The Dallas Cowboys had two fourth-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and used them to address both sides of the football by selecting a linebacker and an offensive tackle.
LSU LB Jabril Cox, 115th Overall
With the first of their fourth-round selections, the Cowboys took LSU linebacker Jabril Cox at 115th overall. Cox was one of my favorite prospects in this entire draft class and was an absolute steal in the fourth-round. At 6’4, 233 pounds, Cox ran a 4.54 40-yard dash at his pro day and he posses the perfect skill-set for a modern-day linebacker. He’s elite in coverage with incredible instincts and has a real chance to become a day-one starter in Dallas’ defense. In 1,114 snaps in coverage, Cox had 8 interceptions while only allowing 2 touchdowns, per PFF. With the additions of Micah Parsons and Jabril Cox, the Cowboys have completely re-tooled their LB unit and have one of the more exciting young-duos in the league.
Jabril Cox, LB. (LSU)
— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) May 1, 2021
Marshall OT Josh Ball, 138th Overall
After taking six defensive players with their first six draft picks for the first time in franchise history, the Dallas Cowboys finally took an offensive player in Marshall’s Josh Ball in the fourth-round. Although Dallas needs to continue to address the defensive side of the ball, which they will, this was a really smart pick by Dallas’ front office in my opinion. Given Tyron Smith’s age and health concerns, it was important for the Cowboys to take an offensive lineman at some point in this draft, and I think Josh Ball is the perfect late-round tackle prospect. Standing at 6’7, 308 pounds with 35″ arms, Ball could develop into a starting-caliber tackle down the line.
However, Ball does have some off the field issues that caused him to be kicked off of Florida State, which is concerning. Some scouts say he would’ve gone within the top-100 picks if it weren’t for those red flags. If Ball has learned from his mistakes he could end up being a really good player for Dallas.
A sleeper OT prospect that I like in this class is Marshall LT Josh Ball. 6'7" 308 35 arms. Functional athletic ability, play strength, & competitive toughness all jump out on tape. pic.twitter.com/YGdMdzP458
— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) April 14, 2021
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