The Dallas Cowboys began the 2020 season with playoff aspirations but the season-ending ankle injury suffered by QB Dak Prescott sunk any hopes the team had at making a legitimate Super Bowl run.
Now, with just four games remaining in the regular season, the Cowboys are one of the five worst teams in the NFL and the worst team in the NFC at 3-9.
If there’s anything positive for Cowboys fans to take away from this season, it’s that they’ll add a blue-chip 2021 NFL draft prospect to a roster that’s arguably better than their atrocious record suggests. Getting a healthy Prescott back in the lineup in 2021 will instantly revive the club’s relevance, and after landing a star-in-the-making in the 2020 draft in wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, Dallas can juice up their passing attack even more like they did in the latest mock draft from CBS Sports, who has the Cowboys landing Florida tight end, Kyle Pitts, at No. 5 overall.
Dallas needs defense, that is clear. Their defense has been a major issue and likely an embarrassment to Jerry Jones. With that being said, it is not difficult to imagine Jones going all in on the offense and adding Pitts to the equation. In that scenario, they could explore a trade of Amari Cooper as well.
I don’t know why the Cowboys would look to move Cooper if they draft Pitts; they’d be better off keeping all of their offensive weapons and just steamrolling opposing defenses which, in turn, will help their own defense.
The Cowboys are something of a true wildcard in the 2021 draft. They’ll be in a position to draft a quarterback like BYU’s Zach Wilson or North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. They might even end up in striking distance to land Ohio State’s Justin Fields. Remember: Prescott still needs a new contract, and after suffering as serious of an injury as he did this year, will Jones be willing to pay up?
It might be a better strategy to land a first-round quarterback on a rookie contract and build the core of the roster around him. Let’s face it, it’s how they built the current version of the team; they’ve ridden Prescott’s cheap deal to a lot of wins even if the current iteration of the team is a complete mess. Prior to last season’s 8-8 finish, the Cowboys had three consecutive seasons of nine wins or more.
Assuming the Cowboys commit to Prescott, which they should, adding Pitts in Round 1 is just insane. He’s a rare tight end prospect who plays more like a down-the-field wide receiver and true playmaker. There’s a lot of Darren Waller (Raiders) in his game; he’ll instantly be one of the more dangerous pass-catchers at the position from Week 1 of his rookie year.
Prescott tossing passes to Cooper, Lamb, Michael Gallup, and Pitts is just unfair. And don’t forget about that Zeke guy, either.
Sure, defense is the obvious need for Dallas. But no team should draft for need when they pick in the top five. It’s all about value. And Pitts is the rare tight end prospect who has that kind of early-Round 1 ability.