As the 2021 NFL Draft quickly approaches, more mock drafts and scenarios are getting thrown out there on a daily basis. But perhaps few are as interesting for the Dallas Cowboys as the one ESPN’s Mel Kiper laid out on Tuesday. In it, the Cowboys move out of the 10th overall pick to let the New England Patriots jump up for QB Justin Fields.

Trading down is always an attractive proposition for NFL teams in the Draft. But usually, even though fans and analysts alike reach this conclusion, actually doing so is more difficult than it appears. However, in Kiper’s mock draft, the Cowboys are in a prime position to do so.

In this scenario, Ohio State prospect Justin Fields is available at #10, which could result in a bidding war for the Cowboys’ pick.

The Eagles, Patriots, Raiders, Washington Football Team, and Bears could all be interested in trading up within 10 picks to land at #10. As you might imagine, having quarterback-needy teams engage in a bidding war for your draft pick should yield great returns.

In Kiper’s mock draft, the Cowboys get the Patriots’ 15th overall pick and a 2022 first-rounder in return. Later, they get CB Jaycee Horn from South Carolina, who is widely recognized as this year’s second-best cornerback after Caleb Farley’s surgery.

While getting a player like Patrick Surtain II from Alabama sounds great, getting Horn plus a 2022 first-round draft pick sounds like an ideal situation for the Dallas Cowboys.

With four picks in this year’s Top 100, it would also give them the flexibility to keep playing the trading game and jump back into the later portion of the first round or even to move around in Day 2. Or, of course, they could stay put and load up for the 2022 NFL Draft.

“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.” – Mel Kiper

Also in Kiper’s mock draft, the Cowboys get some front-seven help with the 44th pick. By drafting edge rusher Joe Tryon from Washington, they’d address an under-the-radar need for depth behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory. 

With Dak Prescott, Tyron Smith, and La’el Collins back for 2021, the Dallas Cowboys should be back in contention in the NFC. Getting this year’s Draft right could go a long way to solidifying them as a legit threat within the conference. A scenario like the one Mel Kiper laid out would put them in a position to be aggressive, something they might need to do.

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