The Dallas Cowboys now have options in the 2021 NFL Draft thanks to the San Francisco 49ers.
By now, everyone should be caught up with what has happened to the NFL Draft order. The San Francisco 49ers are risking it all by trading up to the No. 3 pick with the Miami Dolphins in return for a future third-round and three first-round picks.
The move means that San Francisco will be adding a quarterback with the selection. As of now, scouts believe that Alabama’s Mac Jones could be the front-runner due to Kyle Shanahan’s system of quarterbacks possessing the trait of high accuracy.
If that’s the case, multiple teams will inquire of moving up for either Ohio State’s Justin Fields or North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, both of which have as much — if not more — upside than the former Crimson Tide commander. Should that happen, talented receivers and tackles will move down the draft board.
So, why is this good news for the Dallas Cowboys? They should have multiple options at pick No. 10 or later.
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Dallas will have needs to protect Dak Prescott after agreeing to terms on a massive four-year extension. However, Dan Quinn’s defense cannot go into the season without a true No.1 cornerback.
If the run of quarterbacks ensues early, Dallas could have their pick for one of the top three names.
One pick though won’t be able to fix an entire defense for 2021. Moving back a few selections, the Cowboys would be able to garner an extra mid-round selection and still be in line for one of the top cornerbacks.
With the Patriots and Chargers looking for either a pass-protector or pass-catcher, Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II or South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn might be available just a few picks later. The difference? Dallas gains an extra selection and their top selection.
San Francisco controls the outcome of the remaining seven picks in the top 10. If quarterback becomes a hot commodity, Dallas can have their pick of the litter at a position of need. If they feel comfortable moving back as well, so be it.
Thanks to the 49ers, Dallas has options in April. That seems like a win for the Cowboys no matter where they select in Round 1.