The Cowboys strengthened their defense by landing Micah Parsons in Round 1. They need to double down on that side of the ball on Day 2.
Dallas’s front office understands they need to use this year’s draft to add significant talent on the defensive side of the football. They gave up far too many points in 2020 to be considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender in 2021. Adding Micah Parsons in Round 1 was a decent first step, but the Cowboys still have significant work ahead of them.
The team currently owns the No. 44 overall pick which gives them a chance to land another impact defender in the top half of Round 2. Cornerback is still a giant position of need for Dallas. Many mock drafts had them landing either Patrick Surtain or Jaycee Horn in Round 1. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, both talented pass defenders went off the board before they got the chance to scoop them up.
The Cowboys don’t have to spend their second-rounder on a corner to make up for that missed opportunity, but they should jump at the chance to nab a potential starter on the outside if they see a guy they like. Dallas fans should keep a close eye on the following three potential outcomes in Round 2.
3. The Cowboys could stay put and draft Christian Barmore
Barmore certainly isn’t going to help the Cowboys at corner, but he’s a big-bodied defensive tackle who can dramatically upgrade their run defense in 2021. Many mock drafts had him going towards the bottom of Round 1, so the fact that he’s still available heading into Day 2 qualifies as a mild surprise.
It’s far from a certainty that Barmore will fall all the way to 44, but the Cowboys would be wise to scoop him up if he’s still on the board. They should not, however, trade up to draft Barmore given their profound need at corner.