The 2021 NFL draft kicked off last night. The Dallas Cowboys stunned many when they traded the 10th overall pick to the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas received an extra third-round selection in the deal. The Cowboys then selected Penn State Linebacker Micah Parsons with the 12th pick. Parsons was rated higher than Cornerbacks Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn on the Cowboys’ board, according to the team. Whether that is true or not, the selection of those two before their pick certainly made it a clearer selection if the team chose to go defense with their first pick. They did just that.
So, what’s next? The Cowboys could go a lot of ways today on Day 2, but I think a few positions are of biggest need. Plus, Dallas has FOUR picks today as of right now! Not to mention, there is still a lot of great talent left on the board.
Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
Son of former NFL CB Asante Samuel, Samuel Jr. provides especially great man coverage. He also has the versatility and athleticism to play both on the inside and outside.
I don’t care how tall he is. Asante Samuel Jr. can ball. pic.twitter.com/pZUWSBbpeA
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) April 25, 2021
Paulson Adebo, Stanford
Adebo is a mix of impressive length and instincts. He has some of the best ball skills in the class and has a very high ceiling. He’ll play on the outside in the league, and Dallas could use that.
Tyson Campbell, Georgia
Campbell is arguably the most physically gifted CB in the entire class. His coverage skills are raw, but he shows flashes on film. He excels in press coverage. Dan Quinn may really like his traits for the Cowboys defense.
Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
Eichenberg has been heralded as one go the most NFL-ready linemen in this draft class. He is a polished OL prospect that projects most likely to the guard position in the league.
Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
Radunz is an extremely athletic offensive tackle. He’s an absolute mauler in the run game and would be excellent depth for an offensive line that has struggled with injuries over the past few seasons.
Trey Lance will receive plenty of the notoriety today (rightfully so), but keep an eye on North Dakota St. OT Dillon Radunz (6’6, 300, Sr.). Already receiving some early round buzz. pic.twitter.com/KV5hCiFmR0
— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) October 3, 2020
Brady Christensen, BYU
The BYU product was the most notable protector of new Jets QB Zach Wilson. He possesses solid strength and size. Christensen can be a very good depth tackle or interior lineman at the next level.
Josh Myers, Ohio State
Myers projects as a center in the NFL, which is where he played at Ohio State as well. He’s an efficient puller and has the size needed to be a starting NFL interior offensive lineman early in his career.
Josh Myers climbing to the second level and delivers a shot. pic.twitter.com/kH6LfTORYe
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) April 17, 2021
Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest
“Boogie” Basham has been shooting up draft boards. He was extremely productive at Wake Forest. Basham has good pass-rushing traits as well as the size to rush from the inside. Dallas could use that versatility.
Boogie Basham lines up here as a 4i and hustles down Trevor Lawrence for the sack.
Not always super clean wins, but a kid that big, that athletic? I’ll take a chance. pic.twitter.com/EDmwkKNEC4
— Owen Riese (@RieseDraft) April 22, 2021
Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
Dayo is another versatile D-Lineman. At 6’6″, he has very nice length and can play a multitude of positions depending on scheme. He made a lot of big plays against the run during his days at Vandy, but he also has great pass rush traits that could translate.
Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
Onwuzurike is some scouts’ DT1 of this class. He provides a powerful interior force and is an excellent run-blocker in most settings. Dallas needs help stopping the run badly.
Whenever I’m asked about Levi Onwuzurike, the first thing I say is that he reestablishes the line of scrimmage. Onwuzurike is always in the opponent’s backfield. Here’s an example of penetration before coming off his block and making a tackle for a minimal gain. pic.twitter.com/1fjtNb6gHM
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) February 18, 2021
Daviyon Nixon, Iowa
The former Hawkeye has some of the best hand usage of any lineman in the class. He disrupts plays consistently and has more pass rush upside than many of the other interior defensive line prospects in this range.
Happy Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft!
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