With the 12th overall pick the Dallas Cowboys select — Micah Parsons

Unbelievably, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world with an interdivisional trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s been a while since a trade occurred within the same division. Although, with back-to-back cornerbacks going off the board at number eight and number nine, the Cowboys front office and fans were left dazed and confused. 

The front office was so caught off guard by the result of the two previous picks, they left. 

The Dallas Cowboys found themselves in an unpredictable position with the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. At the end of the day, the Cowboys made the right move in trading back, but it was made with the wrong team. Rumors sparked days before the draft that the Eagles wanted to trade back into the top 10, but it’s a shame that it has to be with Philly. Jerry Jones and company were left with a nightmare situation going into the 10th pick. The thought of giving a divisional rival the player they wanted is less than ideal. Although, Dallas was left with no choice. 

With the cards they were dealt, the best case scenario for the Cowboys was to add some value and draft the Penn State linebacker. This proves Micah Parsons was higher on the Cowboys draft board than most predicted. While I do believe Parsons is a talent, I wonder where he will fit within this team. 

Keanu Neal was presumed to be slotted at the coverage linebacker spot, but with the Micah Parsons selection, its anyones guess. With Sean Lee’s retirement, Dallas still has an impressive linebacking core. Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander-Esch, Keanu Neal, and now Micah Parsons round the defensive core for Dallas. With Rashawn Slater still on the board, Cowboys fans will be watching San Diego Chargers games out of the corner of their eye to see what Slater is all about. 

I will be on the edge of my seat when the Cowboys lineup for their first drive on defense. While I do not agree with trading in the division, moving back for Parsons was the right move.

 

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