Led by quarterback Garrett Gilbert, the Dallas Cowboys pushed the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers to the brink inside AT&T Stadium. The defense put together an impressive performance against a dangerous offensive attack, and Gilbert led the Cowboys offense to its most success since Dak Prescott went down with injury.

Ultimately, the Steelers pulled off a controversial win on the Cowboys turf, but it was hard not to be impressed with Dallas on Sunday afternoon. They finally showed the fight that we have been waiting to see since Prescott’s season was ended.

One of the biggest takeaways from week nine is that the Dallas Cowboys currently sit with the third overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. With still the second half of the season left to be played, that draft pick is nowhere near set in stone. Still, the chances of the Cowboys picking high up in next April’s draft continue to rise by the week.

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Yes, the season has not gone as planned. The Cowboys entered the 2020 season with some Super Bowl hopes in year-one of the Mike McCarthy era. An injury to Dak Prescott and a porous defense quickly derailed those hopes, and the Cowboys are now better off looking forward to regrouping in the offseason.

Cheering for your favorite team is never fun, or ideal. However, in this case, it is in the best interest of the Cowboys to pick as high as possible in April. If the Dallas Cowboys land a top-5 or even top-3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, there will be a ton of interesting routes for the team to go down.

The team would seemingly have its choice of picking an elite player — say, Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell or Alabama defensive back Patrick Surtain II — or trading back in the draft with a quarterback-needy organization willing to part ways with a haul of picks.

This season has not gone as planned, but there is still reason to have hope and be excited about the future.

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