It is finally 2021 NFL Draft week! We will soon finally find out who the Dallas Cowboys will add to its roster this weekend. A lot of the talk is focused on Thursday’s first-round, but the Cowboys need to have a good full weekend of adding prospects in order to establish itself as a playoff team.
On the topic of the first-round, there is some speculation that the Dallas Cowboys could be jumped in front of in the top-10. The overwhelming assumption is that the Cowboys will draft a cornerback in the first-round. Perhaps only Penei Sewell or Kyle Pitts falling would change those plans.
Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II and South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn are considered to be the top-2 players at the position in this year’s draft. Both have been linked to the Cowboys at one point or another throughout the draft process. It seems like a safe bet that Dallas will draft one of those two.
EAGLES COULD TRADE IN FRONT OF COWBOYS
The Dallas Cowboys are not the only team in this draft looking to add a premier corner to its secondary, though. Teams such as the Cardinals, Titans, and Packers are all candidates to draft a cornerback. The Lions, Panthers, and Broncos are three more teams — all pick in front of Dallas — that can draft a top corner, too.
Then there is Philadelphia. The Eagles are in desperate need of wide receiver and defensive back talent on its roster. Philadelphia has little-to-no talent at either position aside from Darius Slay. You can bet that the Eagles are looking to improve in both areas later this week.
There has been some speculation that the Eagles could jump up in front of the Cowboys for a top corner in the draft. 105.3 The Fan’s Jeff Cavanaugh said he has heard that possibility happening:
I'm not a reporter so if I discover something it's on accident. Be aware of the potential of Philly trying to get to 8 or 9 to get in front of Dallas for a CB (likely Surtain)— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) April 23, 2021
Philadelphia has been a popular landing spot for a different Alabama product — wide receiver Devonta Smith — but it is a legit possibility that the Eagles believe they need to grab a corner in the first-round.
Surtain II is an NFL-ready defensive back that can step right in and help an NFL defense. The Eagles have to be intrigued about pairing Slay with a talent like Surtain.
That would result in one of the two best corners being off of the board for the Cowboys. Jaycee Horn would still be available in this scenario, though. Cavanaugh, former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus, and others have Horn ranked ahead of the Alabama corner.
The Cowboys would not be in dire trouble if Philly were to move up ahead of them for a defensive back.
There is bound to be more rumors and more speculation as we inch closer and closer to Thursday.
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