Stephen Jones: Cowboys Want to Improve Defense in Draft

Stephen Jones: Cowboys Want to Improve Defense in Draft


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“Barring something very opportunistic,” such as a player unexpectedly falling or an irrefutable trade offer received, the Dallas Cowboys will use their first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to bolster its defense, team vice president Stephen Jones admitted Monday.

“We are, we think, going to get some great opportunities because of the depth — not only at quarterback, but offense in general,” Jones said, per the Cowboys’ official website. “We’ve made no bones about it: Barring something very opportunistic, we certainly want to improve our defensive football team.”

Dallas currently is slated to go on at the clock at No. 10 overall, likely after a bevy of quarterbacks come off the board — perhaps as many as five in the top-10. This would be a fortuitous development, extending the availability of blue-chip defensive prospects like Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.

Both of whom were mentioned, indirectly, by Jones.

“You can never have enough defensive linemen, and we lost Chidobe in free agency — and obviously our ongoing, annual need for safety, which never seems to end either in terms of draft pick resource or dollar resource. It’s been at the low end of the totem pole,” he said. “And then with the game becoming such a game that’s played in space, you can’t have enough of those linebackers that can cover.”

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