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Cowboys 2021 draft decision: Best player available, or best player available on defense?

Best player available. We’ve all heard that phrased when discussing the draft process in the NFL. The idea is that you don’t worry about what position the prospect plays matching the needs you have on your team, you just take the best player available on your draft board when your time comes up. This is especially true with your first-round pick when supposed blue-chip players tend to fall every year.

A perfect example of this thinking was last year when CeeDee Lamb fell to the Cowboys. Dallas already had Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, so the need at wide receiver wasn’t exactly a priority.