Everything is bigger in Texas! That popular saying rings true when it comes to the hype surrounding the Dallas Cowboys. Even though they have not won a Super Bowl since 1996, the Dallas Cowboys remain one of the most iconic sports franchises in the world.
Who will the ‘Boys’ draft with the 10th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft? Will Cowboys owner Jerry Jones go with an offensive juggernaut, a defensive force, or will he trade his first selection (msn.com)? Here are three top college players for Dallas to consider adding to their squad next week.
1. Oregon Offensive Tackle Penei Sewell
The big bad Dallas offensive line used to be one of the best in the NFL and was often referred to as the Great Wall of Dallas. However, times have definitely changed as the Cowboys O-line has been hurt in recent seasons by old age and a whole host of unfortunate injuries. Hopefully aging stars like Tyron Smith and Zack Martin can stay healthy in 2021.
All that being said, Dallas needs to think about adding a solid big man upfront to protect Dak Prescott and open up more holes for Zeke Elliott. Sewell is the best offensive line prospect in the draft and would be a great addition to the Cowboys. At 6-6 and 330, Sewell could be a tremendous asset for Dallas and a stable force for many years.
2. South Carolina Cornerback Jaycee Horn
It is no secret that the Cowboys need a tremendous amount of help in the secondary. In fact, Dallas ranked near the bottom in a few stats for passing defense in 2020 (NFL.com). Horn is a big, physical corner at 6-1 and 205 pounds and loves to play in a press man coverage.
The Alpharetta Georgia native ranks high on many NFL scouts draft boards and would definitely be a solid choice for Dallas. Horn only had two interceptions in college but that is mainly because opposing offenses never wanted to throw his way. Speed is also not a problem for Horn, as he has been clocked at a 4.39 40 yard time.
3. Alabama Cornerback Patrick Surtain II
Surtain may be the most NFL ready player in the draft pool because of his NFL roots and Nick Saban’s coaching. Surtain’s father was a three-time Pro Bowler for the Miami Dolphins and he taught his son to be a smart cover corner. Like Horn, Surtain has plenty of size (6-2, 202) to play bump and run coverage and he does not mind being left on an island.
Alabama has a history of grooming defensive backs particularly well for the NFL level and Surtain is no different. NFL scouts love Surtain’s football IQ and the fact that he had so much big game experience at Alabama. Surtain can shut down any wide receiver and should pair well with his former Crimson Tide teammate, Trevon Diggs. Surtain ran a 4.46 40 yard dash at his pro day workout a few weeks ago.