Cowboys land Patrick Surtain II, more in 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft

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Cowboys target Patrick Surtain II. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have some work to do if they want to turn America’s Team into America’s next Super Bowl winner. That’s where this 2021 NFL Mock Draft comes in. The Cowboys have a chance to change their team from the inside using college prospects instead of big-name free agents – a trap that Jerry Jones has proven to be susceptible to in the past.

So where does the franchise stand? On uncertain ground. No area of the team is a concrete winner anymore – the offensive line has been decimated by retirements and injuries, Ezekiel Elliott may or may not ever get back to the bruising running back he was in his prime and Dak Prescott is now locked up for the foreseeable future, albeit coming off a season-ending injury.

This draft probably won’t rocket them to playoff contention just yet… But it could be a start.

Here is how the Dallas Cowboys should play the 2021 NFL Draft.

Cowboys address secondary right away with Patrick Surtain II

The Dallas Cowboys have a multitude of needs on both sides of the ball that are screaming out into the void for attention, but this pick should make Cowboy fans happy. The weakest link in the team is the secondary by far.

Patrick Surtain II is the best cornerback in this draft. He has the highest upside, he’s the most polished, and for what it’s worth, he’s been training for this his entire life – just ask his former NFL Pro Bowler father who played the same position. Surtain is a lockdown, no-nonsense corner. He plays hard, and he plays to the whistle. He is elite in man coverage, but he could excel in zone schemes as well with the proper coaching. The Cowboys will have to work with him to get him up to speed in that regard.

He’s as physically gifted as anyone in this draft class, but above all, he has the football IQ to be a star for years to come.

He was born to be a Dallas Cowboy. This should be an easy one.

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