Dane Brugler’s Mock Draft 3.0: Cowboys take Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II.

Trevon Diggs

The Dallas Cowboys hit a homerun with the No. 51 pick in the 2020 NFL draft when they selected cornerback Trevon Diggs out of Alabama.

He missed four weeks with a broken foot, but made 11 starts and became the first Cowboys rookie defender to lead the team outright in pass breakups and interceptions .

The Cowboys have some decisions to make in the secondary this offseason, though. Two of their top cornerbacks, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, are set to be unrestricted free agents next month, potentially leaving a big hole to fill on the third level of the Cowboys defense.

Dane Brugler of The Athletic released his latest mock draft, and he has America’s Team getting more cornerback help in the first-round in the form of Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II.

Brugler sees Surtain as a fit for new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s scheme and a plug-in starter.

Diggs and Surtain were teammates for two seasons (2018, 2019) in Tuscaloosa. The former won a national title in 2017, while the latter was a member of the Crimson Tides undefeated title team of 2020.

The Cowboys second-round pick from a year ago had nothing but glowing praise for his former teammate back in December.

Diggs and Surtain showed in 2019 how well they can play opposite each other. While Diggs received First-Team All-SEC and Third-Team All-American honors, Surtain had arguably his best collegiate campaign.

He registered 42 tackles, eight pass breakups, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery UFA.

This isn’t the first time Surtain’s name has linked to Dallas by a dratnik. Last month, he named as the Cowboy’s first-round pick by ESPN’s Todd McShay in his first official mock draft.

The Cowboys could go in several directions with their pick in April, including offensive line, defensive tackle, or linebacker. However, if cornerback is the focus, and Surtain is on the board, it may be hard to choose another option.



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