Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Draft: Building defense in 7-round mock draft

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Caleb Farley, Dallas Cowboys, 2021 NFL Draft

2021 NLF Draft prospect Caleb Farley #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies (Photo by Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

Predicting the entire 2021 NFL Draft for the Dallas Cowboys with a 7-round mock draft.

It has been a season to forget for the Dallas Cowboys. A season-ending injury to star quarterback Dak Prescott coupled with ugly defensive play has led to a 2-7 start to the season for Dallas and little reason to believe that they will turn it around anytime soon.

Locking up Prescott will be the top priority for the Cowboys over the offseason, but they will not have a ton of cap space to work with on top of that. With that being the case, Dallas will have to look to the 2021 NFL Draft to make most of their improvements.

In this post, we are going to go seven rounds deep with the Dallas Cowboys, predicting each and every pick that they will make in the 2021 NFL Draft. What can they do to improve their roster? Let’s find out.

Note: This mock draft was completed using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.

2021 NFL Draft: Round 1, 9th Overall

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Caleb Farley
CB Virginia Tech

This pick was made after a projected trade with the Carolina Panthers.

The Dallas Cowboys held the third overall pick in this mock draft. With quarterbacks and offensive tackle Penei Sewell being the obvious targets in this spot, a trade down would certainly make sense for Dallas. The Carolina Panthers are the trade partner in this deal, as Carolina sends their second and third-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and a second-round in 2022 in exchange for swapping pick No. 9 for No. 3.

In this deal, the Cowboys are able to add a significant amount of draft capital and are still in a position to add a much-needed impact player on the defensive side of the ball. Caleb Farley is arguably the best cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft class and would certainly make sense for Dallas here.

Farley is a big and athletic cornerback prospect who shines in man coverage. He is long and aggressive at the line of scrimmage and moves extremely well for a 6-foot-2, 209-pound defensive back. Farley is a bit of a raw talent who has only been a defensive back for two years, but his ceiling at the next level is absolutely massive.

The Cowboys need to significantly invest in their secondary this offseason and adding Farley to the mix is undoubtedly a great start. Trading down and picking up the extra draft capital is just the cherry on top.

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