On April 29th, 2021 the Dallas Cowboys will have a big decision to make. Dallas has the 10th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Given projections, this pick could go to either the offensive or defensive side of the football.
Lets take a look at the primary needs at each position for the Dallas Cowboys:
- Offensive Tackle
- Interior Defensive Lineman
- Tight End
Dallas has six different positions that are on the primary needs list for the 2021 NFL Draft. Three on the defensive side and three on the offensive side. This is where it gets difficult for the Cowboys.
Here are six different players the Dallas Cowboys could snag at 10 in the draft
At number ten, Dallas could get one of the top corners in the draft. Cornerbacks like Patrick Surtain II and Caleb Farley have the opportunity to fall to Dallas. With a lot of the top ten picks needing a quarterback, it is not likely for the Cowboys to take one at ten.
The only way we could see Dallas take a quarterback at number ten is if Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, or Zach Wilson are sitting there waiting to be picked. With the Jets expecting to keep Sam Darnold and Urban Meyer taking the Jaguars job, one of those three could be there to pick.
Lets take a look at one player from each primary positional need that the Dallas Cowboys could select with their 10th pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Rashawn Slater would give the Dallas Cowboys flexibility at the offensive tackle position. One thing that sticks out about Slater is that he is fundamentally sound. Northwestern would lean on Rashawn Slater to hold down the left side of the offensive line.
Slater would opt-out of the 2020 college football season, but he showed enough during the 2019 season to put him at the third best offensive lineman in the 2021 NFL Draft. The most notable game for Slater was the work that he put in against Chase Young. Rashawn Slater has the ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line.
When watching Slater on film he showed great patience with his footwork and his ability to cut off rushers. This all stems from his excellent fundamentals. The only work that Rashawn Slater would need is to work on his quickness on the outside.
Slater would be the best available offensive tackle at number ten and would be able to start day one at any position on the line for the Cowboys. He has a ceiling of being a Pro Bowl offensive lineman and potential All-Pro selection. If the Cowboys decide to go offensive tackle with their tenth pick then Rashawn Slater would be the best selection.