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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys Select LB Micah Parsons at No. 10

Parsons is the second defensive player taken in the Top 10.

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With the 10th pick of the 2021 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select...

Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

The selection and write-up were made by StefanKnee:

The Cowboys defense last year was historically bad last year and have holes everywhere on defense and also need help on OL. Since Sewell, Slater are off the board then that leaves defense.

Since Surtain, who I consider the clear-cut best CB in the draft, is off the board then the best available defensive player is Micah Parsons, who fills a huge need at LB. Parsons is considered one of the most athletic defensive players in the draft and would be a perfect fit for the Cowboys. He separates himself from all the other LBs in the draft and with his athleticism justifies picking him at #10. He can rush the passer off the edge, cover, good tackle skills and play sideline to sideline.

The Cowboys LB play has been bad recently and they need to replenish the position with talented, athletic youth. Parsons would be perfect replacement for Sean Lee who may not return this year, but if he does, his injury history and age suggest it would be a limited role.

Jaylon Smith has an inflated contract that doesn’t reflect his play. He has been criticized for not being able to make proper reads, late to react, takes bad angles, can’t adjust or make cuts due to his bad knee condition. Van Esche had neck injury and his play regressed greatly last year. The Cowboys can then find value to fill the secondary needs, CB and S, with their 2nd, 3rd picks and have an abundance of picks to move around in the draft.

Pokorny: “There may not be a generational defensive talent in this year’s draft class, as evidenced by the fact that only two defenders are taken in the Top 10 here. But Parsons might be the top defensive player in 2021, and Dallas desperately needs help on the defensive side of the ball. They won’t fix everything, but you have to start somewhere.”

The New York Giants are up next, led by Barry Shuck.

2021 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Jacksonville Jaguars Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. QB Trevor Lawrence
2 New York Jets fjblessi QB Zach Wilson
3 San Francisco 49ers TheDawgsPodcast QB Justin Fields
4 Atlanta Falcons yman1020 TE Kyle Pitts
5 Cincinnati Bengals GrandAdmiralThrawn0905 OT Penei Sewell
6 Miami Dolphins realmccoy WR Ja'Marr Chase
7 Detroit Lions xfl2001fan OT Rashawn Slater
8 Carolina Panthers Adam Rice CB Patrick Surtain II
9 Denver Broncos poultman QB Trey Lance
10 Dallas Cowboys StefanKnee LB Micah Parsons
11 New York Giants Barry Shuck WR DeVonta Smith
12 Philadelphia Eagles Big Cosmic News CB Jaycee Horn
13 Los Angeles Chargers Danielgarrett OT Christian Darrisaw
14 Minnesota Vikings eauclairefan DE/OLB Kwitty Paye
15 New England Patriots Bo154033 WR Jaylen Waddle
16 Arizona Cardinals brianberniebaker CB Caleb Farley
17 Las Vegas Raiders Crawford_T OT Teven Jenkins
18 Miami Dolphins Mudville LB Zaven Collins
19 Washington Football Team ScooterDMD QB Mac Jones
20 Chicago Bears wahoo7 OG Alijah Vera-Tucker
21 Indianapolis Colts yoderdame OT Samuel Cosmi
22 Tennessee Titans BrianB77 CB Asante Samuel Jr
23 New York Jets carrettbagel88 DE Jaelan Phillips
24 Pittsburgh Steelers Mean Ol' Pete RB Najee Harris
25 Jacksonville Jaguars Topanga Jeff DT Christian Barmore
26 Cleveland Browns tmartin5785 LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
27 Baltimore Ravens TheCrackpot DE/OLB Azeez Ojulari
28 New Orleans Saints TheCannonGoesBOOM CB Greg Newsome II
29 Green Bay Packers OCMiami WR Kadarius Toney
30 Buffalo Bills BelieveInCleve DE Jayson Oweh
31 Baltimore Ravens Robo Dawg OT Jalen Mayfield
32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Midnite Moses RB Travis Etienne
59 Cleveland Browns ProfessorBrowns CB Kelvin Joseph
89 Cleveland Browns Slaytanic Brownie DT Tommy Togiai
91 Cleveland Browns Swagnasty DE Payton Turner