Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Draft class: Micah Parsons, Osa and PFF the biggest lifters in a year


A year later, the only question mark over the Dallas Cowboys’ efforts around the 2021 NFL Draft are initial thoughts.

Pro Football Focus’s reclassification of the Cleveland-based selections was particularly favorable to Team USA, awarding their 11-man class an A grade after originally receiving a B in opening impressions. Dallas is one of four teams to earn an A after failing to clinch one on draft night alongside Kansas City, Miami and Philadelphia.


The scariest part of the storyline, at least from an opponent’s perspective, is that the inflated rating is partly based on potential. There’s not much more to say about the impact Micah Parsons had on the team en route to Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and the list doesn’t try to hide his obvious impact. .

But PFF seem excited about the potential of defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa who is expected to play a bigger role on the line in his second season. (By the way, folks inside The Star are also thrilled with Osa’s progress in the offseason, so we can tell you PFF is onto something here.)

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Odighizuwa is far from the only sophomore Cowboy and classmate of the 2021 draft who could join Parsons to make a major impact. Quinton Bohanna, for example, could join Odighizuwa to make bigger contributions on the inside line. Elsewhere, second-round pick Kelvin Joseph is listed as a top cornerback, though his status is in question due to an ongoing investigation into his connection to a drive-by shooting in Dallas last month. . Third-rounder Chauncey Golston could play a bigger role on the edge with Randy Gregory Denver tied, while final pick Matt Farniok could be in contention for the starting center job.

Although Dallas got an A, they weren’t the top-ranked team in reranks: The Browns, Chiefs, Chargers, Dolphins, and Patriots all got top grades at A-plus, while Arizona had the worst grade at C.-minus (falling from an initial B-minus).


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