Micah Parsons was top-graded defensive player on Cowboys’ board

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Almost every mock draft had Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain or South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn going to the Cowboys at No. 10. The Cowboys’ own mocks, though, had Surtain and Horn already off the board.

Dallas did not expect either cornerback to be an option at 10, and neither was.

“We’ve been talking about the cornerbacks being gone at 8 and 9 for days,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com. “But certainly [Thursday], we intensively talked about the possibility all day long, about being ready. There were no surprises, no consternation about the circumstances to make this pick.”

The two teams picking ahead of the Cowboys — the Panthers and Broncos — drafted Horn and Surtain respectively. With Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater still on the board, Dallas traded back two spots.

The Cowboys had pre-draft conversations with the Eagles regarding a trade back.

Jones said Parson was the highest-rated defensive player on their draft board, and the Cowboys selected him 12th overall rather than try to trade back again.

“We didn’t have the stomach to risk losing [Parsons] relative to our evaluation of him,” Jones said.

15 responses to “Micah Parsons was top-graded defensive player on Cowboys’ board

  1. Nice pick for them. Value & need met. They still have a lost of holes to fill but it is a nice start. Not a fan of Jerry’s but at least he didn’t mess this up.

  2. That last meaningless game that they insisted on winning was the difference between Sewell, Horn, Surtain, and Parsons. Good luck trying to argue that they’re better off with Parsons. Cowboys gonna cowboy. 8-8 in 2021 with a lot of dominant wins over below .500 teams.

  3. LB was not their number #1 need, CB is. If either of the CBs was there at 10, the Cowboys would have sprinted to the podium. They weren’t so you bailed. You are not fooling anyone Jerry.

  4. He’s likely not, but he was up there….this was not a good draft for stud defenders. I doubt he was graded ahead of the two CB’s (would have been 3 if Farley hadnt had the back problems).

  5. t.linn says:
    April 30, 2021 at 4:55 pm
    That last meaningless game that they insisted on winning was the difference between Sewell, Horn, Surtain, and Parsons. Good luck trying to argue that they’re better off with Parsons. Cowboys gonna cowboy. 8-8 in 2021 with a lot of dominant wins over below .500 teams.

    Ummm they lost their starting QB in week 5 and we’re dropping like 40 a game without a real training camp or preseason. They couldn’t stop the run. They added a premier run defender and blitz specialist. They got diggs in the second round last year and he’s looked just fine. If they sign Sherman or Casey Hayward those guys will have more of an impact on a team trying to win now coupled with Parsons.

  6. t.linn says:
    April 30, 2021 at 4:55 pm
    That last meaningless game that they insisted on winning was the difference between Sewell, Horn, Surtain, and Parsons. Good luck trying to argue that they’re better off with Parsons. Cowboys gonna cowboy. 8-8 in 2021 with a lot of dominant wins over below .500 teams.
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    8-8 in a 17 game season? Genius! Must be a Beagles fan!

  7. People still don’t know there’s 17 games this year ? Or is it like every January when you’re still writing the date with the last year ?

  8. The Cowboys traded down having no idea whether the Giants would take Parsons. That’s how much they value him.

  9. Answer: Micah Parsons. Question: Who was the top graded player on the Cowboys’ board, indubitably?

  10. Kind of obvious Cowboys would be comfortable with either Slater and Parsons

    When Jerry said he did not want to go down any further, that can only mean that the Bears called the Cowboys first (maybe the Jets, later on). Bears knew the Cowboys coveted Surtain or Horn, so 1 ringy dingy.

    Cowboys figure Devonta is going to be in the NFC East either way, might as well get a 3rd round pick out of it.

    PS: No way they had both CB’s gone by 9. The holding back on QB4 and 5 made that possible. The first 7 picks were beyond obvious. 8 and 9 were anyone’s guess and the Cowboys guessed Horn and Surtain? I doubt it. Jerry could have 10X’d his fortune with 1 phone call. Those odds had to 20 to 1, if not higher.

  11. Great pick but trading Philly a team you play twice a year Thor a third rounder was a terrible trade when you could got a first or a second rounder . Good pick bad trade.Every time Smith scores against you I will remember this terrible trade to a division rival wasn’t the greatest move, especially with the worst secondary in the league

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