Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
Round Six (2nd Pick) – Tyreke Smith – Defensive End – Ohio State
Smith is a little bit of an up and down defensive end, but he provides something the Cowboys could really use at defensive end. Smith is able to play spy when asked and has the speed to cover more dynamic quarterbacks. Smith flashes at times as a pass rusher, and if he could get off the ball a little better and with more consistency he should be able to translate to the NFL well. He is a bit of a project, but his flashes show he could be one of those late round gems.
I really want Smith to develop more moves as a pass rusher, but his speed and versatility gives him upside while he learns. He needs to do a little better with his balance off the line, but when it all comes together he can surprise. He would be a solid rotational piece early on and specifically when a quarterback needs to be contained.
Round Seven – Paul Grattan – Guard – UCLA
Running back or quarterback depth could easily be the pick here, but offensive line depth is always a huge need for every team. Grattan is a transfer from Villanova, and was seen as the anchor for both lines. Grattan is one of those depth players that could develop into a solid starter with a season or two of development.
The one thing I liked watching Grattan is he does not quit, he doesn’t take plays off, he just looks to block and hit people. He does really well on play action calls when asked to come around and pull. He is a little short on his punches, but strong enough to recover and make up the step he sometimes allows on the defensive tackle. He will need to work on his lower body flexibility but has the strength to play at the next level.
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The 2021 draft has a long way to go and the boards are far from set. However, as of right now it appears there is a lack of first round talent at defensive tackle and safety, both of which the Cowboys seriously need. However, there is some solid depth and high ceiling players throughout this draft and that could help. After the draft some undrafted free agents could be available at defensive end, running back, and wide receiver.
The Cowboys will have to invest in free agents this year if they want to upgrade certain positions and what they do will certainly play a part in the draft. There is also an option to trade down in the first if the players just aren’t there and collect more picks.
Not the best draft in recent memory, but one that could provide help at some key positions.