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Best bets for position Cowboys take in 1st round of 2021 NFL Draft

We break down the odds for what position the Cowboys will draft in the first round

Could Jerry Jones make a big trade in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Dallas Cowboys, or is it just Jerry Jones, will pick 10th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft today. We know Jones well enough to understand that he wants a Super Bowl as much or more than anyone in the league, but that he does like to appeal to the fan side of himself at times.

Last year, the Cowboys needed defense in the draft, but CeeDee Lamb fell to Jones and he couldn’t resist. It was likely the right move longterm to get a player like Lamb, but it was risky. This season, the Cowboys have a higher pick at No. 10 and with so many quarterbacks likely getting scooped up, that should push the most-talented non-QBs to the Cowboys.

Check out the odds and info provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.


Cornerback -250
Offensive Lineman +500
Defensive Lineman +700
Linebacker +1000
Tight End +1100
Wide Receiver +3300
Safety +5000
Quarterback +10000
Running Back +10000
Kicker/Punter/Long Snapper +50000

Best bets

Offensive Lineman +500
Tight End +1100

The majority of mock drafts have the Cowboys taking Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II. He fills a need and is the most NFL ready corner. But, that’s why cornerback is the favorite at -250. And if you feel that certain, you can take your $40 profit on a $100 bet and move along. But, we know that Jones will be ready to change his approach if a player he loves drops to him.

If you want to throw a riskier bet into the fray, who could the Cowboys take that brings you more back for your dollar? First off, I don’t think they’ll take a long snapper. But it’s funny that that is even an option. Offensive lineman and tight end are truly the only other positions I could realistically see them go with other than corner.

Reports had Jones very interested in tight end Kyle Pitts. He’s probably a more a prospect with “generational” talent at his position than anyone in this draft, including Trevor Lawrence. But, Jones would likely need to trade a lot of draft capital to move up to the Falcons pick No. 4 to secure his services. Overall, that would probably be too much for Jones. But, if somehow Pitts fell to them, I believe 100 percent that he would draft him. Pitts would have to get by the Falcons, Bengals, Dolphins, Lions, Panthers, and Broncos and that isn’t likely.

What about OL Penei Sewell? He has a slightly better chance of falling to pick No. 10. But those same teams will also have a hard time passing on him. Of course, there is more than one highly regarded lineman and Dak Prescott’s injury last season completely derailed Dallas’ chances. Getting him more protection is high on the agenda.

I think offensive line is in play for the Cowboys, and at +500, it’s not a terrible bet to make. If there is a run on OL early, Jones could get worried about getting a guy they like in the second round.

But, circling back, I can also see throwing a few bucks at tight end here. If there’s any player that will make Jones lose his cool, it’s Pitts. If he were to get past the Falcons, then the price for moving down might not be as steep and Jones would be very tempted.

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