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Cowboys draft picks 2021: When does Dallas pick next? Full list of NFL Draft selections

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Cowboys draft picks 2021: When does Dallas pick next? Full list of NFL Draft selections

The Cowboys were a popular Super Bowl pick before the 2021 NFL season, but they couldn’t even win the beyond-lackluster NFC East. Part of that was due to Dak Prescott’s season-ending leg injury, but it also didn’t help that the Cowboys had one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

Last year, the Cowboys allowed 386.4 yards per game, a bottom-10 mark in the NFL, and allowed 29.6 points per game, a bottom-five mark in the league. The Cowboys badly need to keep adding talent on that side of the ball and they will likely spend a majority of the 2021 NFL Draft doing that after retaining some offensive continuity via a long-term deal with Prescott this offseason.

Of course, the team does still need to upgrade some spots on offense. While the Cowboys could be a playoff team if these holes are filled, they are going to have to hit on quite a few picks to make any sort of postseason noise. They do have 10 at their disposal, so they should be able to find some upgrades this offseason.

Here’s a look at the Cowboys’ picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:

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Cowboys draft picks 2021: When does Dallas pick?

  • Round 1, Pick No. 12: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
  • Round 2, Pick No. 44: Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
  • Round 3, Pick No. 75: Osa Odighizuwa, DT, UCLA
  • Round 3, Pick No. 84: Chauncey Golston, DE, Iowa
  • Round 3, Pick No. 99: Nahshon Wright, CB, Oregon State
  • Round 4, Pick No. 115
  • Round 4, Pick No. 138
  • Round 5, Pick No. 179
  • Round 6, Pick No. 192
  • Round 6, Pick No. 227
  • Round 7, Pick No. 238

Cowboys 2021 NFL Draft order

Round Pick
1 12 (from Eagles)
2 12
3 11
3 20 (from Eagles)
3 36 (Compensatory Selection)
4 10
4 33 (Compensatory Selection)
5 35 (Compensatory Selection)
6 8 (from Lions)
6 43 (Compensatory Selection)
7 10

MORE: Read the latest NFL Draft news at SN’s draft HQ

Cowboys NFL Draft needs

  • Defensive tackleThe Cowboys struggled immensely against the run last year, allowing 158.8 rushing yards per game on the season. That was second-worst to only the Houston Texans. Adding one or two tackles here will be imperative for the team to improve in that area.
  • Defensive end: With Aldon Smith gone and not likely to return to the Cowboys, they need another edge rusher to complement Demarcus Lawrence. The team does have Randy Gregory in the fold, but can they really trust him to stay on the field?
  • Cornerback: Trevon Diggs had a good rookie season for the Cowboys and they re-signed Jourdan Lewis to a contract. Still, they should try to land a true No. 1 corner to complement Diggs and serve as a quality outside starter.
  • Offensive tackle: Tyron Smith has had trouble staying healthy in recent seasons. Now 30, how much will he have left in the tank? The team needs to have a good depth option behind him and while Ty Nsekhe is a good start, he’s 35 years old. Adding a young backup and potential future starter in a great offensive line class would be a smart move for the Cowboys.
  • Linebacker: Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith are good starters for the Cowboys, but the depth behind them is virtually non-existent.

Dallas Cowboys mock draft 2021

Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Cowboys, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:

Round Pick Team Position College
1 10 Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama
2 12 Carlos Basham EDGE Wake Forest
3 11 Paris Ford S Pittsburgh
3 36 Spencer Brown OT Northern Iowa
4 10 Marvin Wilson DT Florida State
4 33 Alim McNeill DT NC State
5 35 Frank Darby WR Arizona State
6 8 Jack Anderson G Texas Tech
6 43 Kelvin Joseph LB Kentucky
7 10 Sam Ehlinger QB Texas

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Russell Westbrook made history Monday night, notching his 182nd career triple-double — and moving past Oscar Robertson for the all-time NBA record.

Robertson’s record lasted 47 years, from 1974 through Monday night when a fourth-quarter rebound in front of a reduced-capacity crowd in Atlanta gave Westbrook sole possession of the record. It took him 12 years to surpass Robertson’s record after he achieved his first triple-double (17 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) in 2009 as a rookie with the Thunder.

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Monday’s triple-double was Westbrook’s 36th of the year. That insane output is helping him average, for the fourth time in his career, a triple-double over the course of the season. The previous such campaigns came in 2016-17 through 2018-19.

Westbrook finished with 28 points, 21 assists and 13 rebounds in the Wizards’ 125-124 loss to the Hawks; the loss dropped Washington to 32-37 on the season, but the team still ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Wizards’ playoff hopes pale in comparison to the history Westbrook made, however.

He even made sure to get the game ball from officials so he could be certain to commemorate the historic achievement.

Here are some of the best reactions to Westbrook’s history-making feat:

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ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, one of the most recognizable talents in sports broadcasting, is leaving the network, he announced on Monday.

The 27-year ESPN anchor broke the news on Twitter, describing his exit from the worldwide leader in sports as a “salary cap casualty.” Naturally, he could only include some of the dry humor that helped him become a beloved presence in the studio and on millions of sports fans’ TVs.

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The longtime “SportsCenter” host’s final day will be on May 24, bringing to an end a 27-year stint at ESPN that began in 1994. His absence will undoubtedly be noted among fans who appreciated his humor and presence in ESPN’s studios — but his Monday announcement is as good a reason as any to remember the incredible cover letter that first landed him the gig in 1994.

Mayne sent a short and sweet cover letter to ESPN’s John Walsh in 1994, offering him three checkboxes in the former’s bid to land a job with ESPN:

Unsurprisingly, Mayne made Walsh smile. Walsh wouldn’t be the last person to smile at Mayne’s humor and creativity.

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The Celtics will have to fight for a playoff spot without one of their most important players.

Boston announced Monday night that All-Star forward Jaylen Brown has suffered a torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season. He is expected to undergo surgery later this week.

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The Celtics offered no specific timetable for Brown’s return to the court, but as The Athletic’s Jared Weiss noted, Boston guard Romeo Langford suffered the same injury last year and took about six months to recover. If Brown stays roughly on that timeline, he should be available to rejoin the lineup for the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Brown dealt with injury and COVID-19 issues throughout the season, but the 24-year-old still managed to earn his first All-Star selection with some of the best individual numbers of his career. He averaged a career-high 24.7 points per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point range.

Without Brown available, Boston will rely heavily on Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker to produce offensively. The Celtics will also need more from trade deadline acquisition Evan Fournier, who most recently scored 30 points in a loss to the Heat on Sunday — his highest scoring output since joining the team.

Even if other players step up in Brown’s absence, the Celtics, currently the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference standings, are unlikely to make a deep run in the 2021 NBA playoffs. They would face an uphill battle in a potential first-round series against the 76ers, Nets or Bucks, the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference.

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