In this week’s Mel Kiper mock draft from ESPN, the Cowboys are making a huge trade with the New England Patriots.
Kiper has the Patriots swapping picks from No. 15 and also giving the Cowboys their first-round selection in 2022.
“With only one of the top five quarterbacks still available, the Patriots jump five spots with the Cowboys, giving Dallas their 2022 first-round pick in return,” Kiper explained. “The Cowboys don’t need a quarterback, so they’d be thrilled to get an offer like this and move down only a few spots, because their biggest holes are on defense and they can get a good player at No. 15. This would be the first time in the common draft era (since 1967) that five quarterbacks went in the top 10 picks.”
Kiper then goes on to state that The Dallas Cowboys will select South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn with the No. 15 pick, complete with a future first-rounder in their pocket.
“Dallas trades back five spots with New England, gains what would likely be a 2022 first-round pick and is able to plug a need at No. 15,” Kiper added. “The Cowboys’ defense was dreadful last season, and they lost starting corner Chidobe Awuzie in free agency. They can pair Horn with 2020 second-round pick Trevon Diggs, who had a nice rookie season. The knock on Horn is that he had only two career interceptions, but that ball production should come in time.”
In the second round, Kiper has the Cowboys helping their defense some more by taking defensive end Joe Tryon.
“Tryon played linebacker, defensive end and defensive tackle at Washington, picking up eight sacks in 2019 before opting out of last season. At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, he’d play end for the Cowboys, who have an under-the-radar hole behind DeMarcus Lawrence. Dallas could go offensive line here as well.”
The Cowboys ranked 23rd overall in total yards allowed, next-to-last in the league in rushing defense and allowed the fifth-most points in the NFL.