There was definitely a common theme to this club’s draft as the Dallas Cowboys stressed one side of the football during the three-day process.
The 2020 season began with Dak Prescott behind center and after he went down during his fifth start, Mike McCarthy’s team would eventually trot out Andy Dalton, Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert. The Dallas Cowboys would score 395 points and 39 offensive touchdowns despite all those quarterback issues and a team that committed 26 turnovers.
That was the good news in a 6-10 finish for Jerry Jones’ pride and joy. The other side of the football was simply a disaster for the Cowboys and coordinator Mike Nolan was one and done. Enter former Falcons’ head coach Dan Quinn, who look to revive a team that allowed the fifth-most points in the league (473).
Hence Dallas would up drafting 11 players this year – tied for the most in the league – and eight of those picks were on defense and led by first-round linebacker Micah Parsons. But are there three selections that could really open some eyes this fall?
3 Cowboys who could become stars from 2021 NFL Draft
3. WR Simi Fehoko (Stanford)
You would think a team with the likes of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb wouldn’t need any more help at the wide receiver position. But the team used a fifth-round selection on Stanford’s Simi Fehoko because he could bring a different aspect to the passing attack.
Talk about a red zone target? The 6-foot-4, 222-pound prospect could make life easier for Dak Prescott and give the Cowboys’ signal-caller him a rangy target. In three seasons with the Bruins, he totaled a combined 62 catches for 1,146 yards and nine scores. And that 18.5 yards per reception is hard to ignore.