The Dallas Cowboys are on track for a top-5 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft

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After mounting injuries and a 2-5 start, it’s time for the Dallas Cowboys to focus on a lucrative draft pick in the 2021 draft.

After watching the Dallas Cowboys get whipped by that lowly Team from Washington 25-3, Cowboys Nation knew this team was unfixable and officially the worst team in the NFL.

We saw the writing on the wall long before the final score. When quarterback Andy Dalton was knocked out of the game by Keith Bostic, we knew the Cowboys were doomed. Heck, all of the Cowboys’ players stood by cowardly instead of going after Bostic for his dirty hit on a defenseless quarterback.

That’s all you needed to know about the downward spiral of the Cowboys’ 2020 season. If a team isn’t willing to fight their rival over for a dirty play that hurt one of their own, then, like a bald-headed man waiting for his hairline to comeback, you know it’s a lost cause !

With the worst defense in the league that’s not going to get any better, Dallas needs to trade as many players as possible on the defense.

And since the Cowboys are playing their worst football in franchise history, they have set course on a top-5 draft pick in the 2021 draft. And it’s time for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans to accept this sad reality.

With a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations, it quickly turned into a disastrous one with a depleted offensive line, a pathetic defense, and the loss of their leader and field general in Dak Prescott. Combine a makeshift offseason with limited practices and a new coaching staff to boot, and you have the recipe for a historically bad team with the opportunity to secure no worse than a top-5 draft pick.

So you’re wondering how Dallas can prepare for their top-5 draft pick? Easy and simple. Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Will McClay need to decide which players are worth keeping and which ones are tradeable.

Let’s talk about it.

Decide which players to keep and trade

Dallas’ front office has already taken the first step in accepting its fate by trading Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions for a sixth-round pick. But Dallas doesn’t need stop. Unless these players improve their play significantly, Dallas needs to trade Jourdan Lewis, Xavier Woods, Darian Thompson, and possibly Tyrone Crawford.

And if Dallas isn’t going to extend Chidobe Awuzie and Aldon Smith, then they might as well trade them, too. Not only will Dallas receive some draft capital in return, but it will allow the rookies and other young players to play and develop.

Reggie Robinson II, Bradlee Anae, Dorance Armstrong, Jr, Neville Gallimore, and Donovan Wilson can get some invaluable experience under their belts- baptized by fire. At the same time, it’s an evaluation process for Armstrong and Wilson because both players are entering their third and second year.

If those aforementioned players play at a decent level, then Will McClay (Vice President of Player Personnel) and the Jones’ can focus in elsewhere. A promising core of young players to match with good drafts picks will only strengthen Dallas’ defense, with the veterans.

Those veterans consist of DeMarcus Lawrence, Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, and Randy Gregory. D-Law and Smith’s contracts are too big to move, and Dallas still believes in D-Law as a “War Daddy” that can wreck havoc on opposing quarterbacks, regardless of his lack of sacks.

When I watch film on D-Law, the dude is still playing hard and with a high motor. Against Washington, D-Law had seven tackles (four were solo) and recorded his second sack of the season. My point is D-Law will eventually get back to playing at a Pro Bowl level. And Smith just needs to be used differently, like a blitzing linebacker.

With the worst defense in the league that’s not going to get any better, Dallas needs to trade as many players as possible on the defense. Basically, that’s why I started with the players on defense as being trade bait.

When it comes to the offensive side of the ball, Dallas has a few candidates worth trading, although Dallas probably won’t do it. Honestly, I understand why. Dallas could trade Noah Brown, Cedrick Wilson, or even the talented Michael Gallup.

No, I’m not saying trade the entire trio, but if Dallas wants to get a first or second round pick, then Gallup it is. If Dallas want to keep Gallup (which I know they do), then Wilson is the one who can yield maybe a third/fourth round pick because he’s really good.

Even though Brown doesn’t have gaudy stats, Brown has shown that he can catch, a great blocker and could easily be a solid #3/#4 receiver on a division-leading team like the Green Bay Packers or Los Angeles Rams. An offensive weapon goes a long way in a pass-happy league.

Why do you think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Antonio Brown? It’s not because he’s a good citizen that feeds the homeless! Tom Brady and head coach Bruce Arians are positioning themselves to win a Super Bowl. 

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Further, Dallas is predicted to lose the rest of its games, which will give them a 2-14 record. For sake of discussion, lets say Dallas does finish with a 2-14 record and they draft second. If that happens, Dallas can stand pat and select whatever player not named Trevor Lawrence or trade that pick with any team desperate for a quarterback.

If Dallas does the latter, then they can acquire more picks for the 2021 and 2022 draft. And barring any medical set back from Dak, Tyron Smith, and La’el Collins, Dallas will have all of its starters back on the offensive line.  Plus, Dallas will have one of the best receiving corps with Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Gallup, Wilson, Brown, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz.

Combine a healthy and explosive offense to go with a better and more experienced defense, Dallas will be a much better team beyond 2021. Of course, Dallas may have a new head coach, although I don’t believe Jerry should fire Mike McCarthy with all of the injuries.

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Yes, Big Mac shares some blame but what can the man do with an injury-riddled offense? But what the Dallas Cowboys should do is get ready to secure that top-5 draft slot because its coming, whether Jerry Jones like it or not.

  • Published on 10/29/2020 at 12:30 PM
  • Last updated at 10/29/2020 at 12:28 PM