As we prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft, which is just days away, I attempt to make my final and most important Dallas Cowboys mock draft. Before we get started, let’s set the table. The Cowboys finished the 2020 season with a 6-10 record, missing out on the playoffs yet again. Of course, it didn’t help that franchise quarterback Dak Prescott went down with an injury and the team had to start three other quarterbacks.
Plus, just recently, you had the “quarterback” and longtime captain on defense, linebacker Sean Lee, announce his retirement from the NFL. As for the needs of the Cowboys, here is what I am thinking. On offense, the only positions they need are along the offensive line. Then, on defense, the main positions I see are CB, DL, S, and LB. So, basically everything. With that said, here is our Dallas Cowboys mock draft.
2021 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Day One
1.10 | Jaycee Horn | CB | South Carolina
If the name sounds familiar, it should. Jaycee Horn is the son of former New Orleans Saints great Joe Horn. His dad was the one that during a touchdown pulled out a cell phone and started making a call. Now, besides that touchdown celebration knowing the backstory, Jaycee should be a standout player.
This defensive player out of South Carolina is 6 ft. 1 in, 205 pounds. He clocked a 4.39 40-yard dash during his pro day, jumped 41.5 on the vertical, and jumped 133 inches on the broad jump. He also put up 19 reps on the bench press. Those are impressive numbers but, if he is drafted by the Cowboys, can he be a standout player on defense?
2021 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Day Two
2.44 | Creed Humphrey | OL | Oklahoma
The Cowboys are now on the clock with pick 44. With this pick, the select center Creed Humphery. He did not play much on the field, but when he did, he led Pittsburgh to a bowl game for three years straight. Having gone to a bowl game every year of his college career shows he can lead any team to a championship.
3.75 | Ar’Darius Washington | S | TCU
Cowboys fans welcome your new safety Ar’Darius Washington from TCU. In the third round, the Cowboys address a position that they’ve neglected for quite some time, safety. Ar’Darius Washington was a cornerback in high school in Louisiana but transitioned to safety as a true freshman at TCU in 2018 and only played in four games to preserve his redshirt. In 2019, Washington showcased his skill set by leading the team with five interceptions to go along with 46 tackles as he was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
3.98 | Jaylen Twyman | IDL | Pittsburgh
With the Dallas Cowboys’ next selection, they continue to select defensive players. This time going to the University of Pittsburgh and choosing Jaylen Twyman. During his three seasons at Pitt, he and his team appeared in two bowl games. In three seasons, he has 28 total tackles and 11 sacks.
At his pro day in March, he stocked rose as he broke several pro day records held by Rams standout Aaron Donald. As for Twyman, here is what he did. First, he checked in at 6’1”, 301 pounds, and posted a 32.5-inch vertical, which was an impressive feat of strength, given his weight. And he rounded out the day with an eight-foot, eight-inch broad jump, a 5.40-second 40-yard dash, and a 7.98-second three-cone drill. To me, that sounds like someone the Cowboys should select.
2021 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Day Three
4.115 | Kenny Yeboah | TE | Ole Miss
Picking a tight end is interesting but I totally understand. Without Jason Witten, they need help any way they can. Tight end Kenny Yeboah. As a redshirt freshman, he played four seasons with Temple and last year with Ole Miss. In 47 games he has a total of 1,062 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is reliable and can even help protect the quarterback.
4.138 | Brady Breeze | S | Oregon
Brady Breeze, a safety from Oregon played three out of his four years with Oregon. Last year he opted out of the season due to the COVID pandemic. When he did play, he had 95 tackles, three interceptions, and a fumble returned for a touchdown. For Dallas, safety is a position the Cowboys are lacking.
5.178 | Jamie Newman| QB | Georgia
As we are now into the late rounds of the Draft, there are slim pickings as far as draft prospects go. This is the time to use our heads and get creative. This is where the Cowboys selected a quarterback last year and dang if they are doing it again. With pick 178 the Cowboys selected quarterback Jamie Newman from the University of Georgia. Georgia is where he played last season but in the previous three years of his college career, he was in the ACC with Wake Forest.
By selecting Newman, it gives current backup Ben DiNucci some competition. By completing 60 percent of his passes throughout his career, he has 35 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. That shows me he can keep control of the ball, find his targets, and take fewer hits. The other good thing about Newman is that he has no recorded sacks during his career. That’s been a problem for any quarterback on the Cowboys.
6.225 | Buddy Johnson | LB | Texas A&M
After the retirement of Linebacker Sean Lee, the Cowboys need to select someone to help Leighton Vander Esch. That’s why pick 225 comes in. I see Dallas looking to draft Texas A&M linebacker, Buddy Johnson. In four seasons at Texas A&M, he has 209 tackles, a defensive touchdown, and 1 fumble that was picked up for a touchdown.
7.238 | Patrick Johnson |Edge | Tulane
With the Cowboys’ final pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Cowboys select Tulane’s, Patrick Johnson. With 21 sacks and a fumble recovery, this piece to the Dallas Puzzle can make a big difference. Cowboys feel good about their offense. Now, they must improve on their defense.
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