Since December we’ve been rolling out mock draft after mock draft. We’ve entertained different scenarios for the Dallas Cowboys and how things could possibly unfold. But as one can expect, as we exhausted scenarios, things had a tendency to get fairly exotic over time.
So let’s pump the breaks for a minute. Let us get back to basics. We’ll take inventory of free agency and look at how Pro Days have impacted the big board. Let’s also eliminate trades for this 7 round mock draft and stick with our current draft position.
In this Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft we cut out the frills and get realistic.
As always, we will use The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Simulator and their big board for our drafting. On the occasions in which their player rankings may be a little outdated, we’ll apply reason and not take a “steal” if we don’t think it could realistically happen. We’ll also compare player rankings to Dane Brugler’s and PFF’s top-100 lists.
We’re trying to be realistic here so we can set a baseline. For as unexciting as that may sound, it’s important we recalibrate here in April. So with no more delay, let’s get rolling.
Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft
Round 1, Pick 10
Patrick Surtain II, CB
The smart money is on Patrick Surtain II to be the Dallas Cowboys pick at 10. As the top rated defensive player in the draft, such an outcome would require offense to go in picks 1-9. That sounds crazy until you look at the draft board and consider the teams making the choices.
No one is going to argue Surtain isn’t the safest cornerback in the draft to pick. He’s pedigreed, experienced, tested, and technically sound. He’s going to be a solid Day 1 starter. Where opinions vary is in his ceiling.
But Surtain put many of those concerns to bed with a standout Pro Day that essentially ranked him as the 9th best pure prospect (as far as measurables) since 1987. Combine that with his film and you have a guy who’s sure to be a regular Pro Bowler and possibly more.
The Dallas Cowboys obviously have a need as well. They are without a starting outside CB and need to find one in the top two rounds if they want to compete in 2021. Surtain fills that role and solidifies the spot alongside Trevon Diggs for the foreseeable future.