SportsPulse: The NFL draft is in the books! You know what that means? How your team looks right now is likely how they’re going to look Week 1. Well… maybe. Mackenzie Salmon overreacts to the NFC post-draft storylines.


FRISCO, Texas — When the Cowboys made their final and whopping 11th selection of the 2021 NFL draft, a few takeaways crystallized in clarity.

Returning defenders will face competition.

Ballhawks are welcome in North Texas.

And the defenders coming for veterans’ jobs, in classic Dan Quinn form, will be long.

“A basketball team,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joked of his draft class that averages 6-foot-3 and 7/8 inches. “It’s that long.”

Quinn looks the other way when identified as the culprit.

The first-year Cowboys coordinator joined Dallas after he was fired as Falcons head coach partway through the 2020 season. He spent the interim months—he was fired Oct. 11 after Atlanta dropped to 0-5—combing through film and asking former players and coaches: What didn’t work? What did? Systems and schemes, Quinn said Saturday, were remolded rather than just “rinse and repeat.” But the traits that carry through his…