The Dallas Cowboys need a runaway hit with their second round pick. Here are four defensive backs worth a look. Can these rookies contribute in Big D now?
The Dallas Cowboys can’t afford another red shirt second round pick.
Dallas is desperate for contributors in the defensive backfield. With the 60th overall pick in this year’s 2017 NFL Draft, the Cowboys are in position to snag one.
This is the year the Cowboys find out if rolling the dice on Jaylon Smith was a worthy investment. The linebacker missed all of last season. At the time, the Cowboys were desperate for pass rushers.
Not much has changed in 2017. The Cowboys are tasked with restocking their cabinet with quarterback seekers and defensive backs. Using this year’s second pick on experiments or, another tight-end, could be detrimental considering all the needs.
With the focus shifting from free agency to the NFL Draft, the Cowboys second-round aim must be spot on.
Here are four defensive backs worthy of a second round tender. Enjoy the list.
1. Quincy Wilson | 6’2” | Florida | Age 21
Quincy Wilson and Byron Jones would be fun to watch.
Like Jones, Wilson is a chess piece that is movable on the board. He is tough with his tackling duties, and is someone who can play safety and cornerback.
Wilson has a lot of physical tools the Cowboys need. He is physical, strong, confident, and has the size to play in the league.
The Cowboys need safeties and corners. Wilson would be an intriguing prospect for the Dallas Cowboys, and certainly one to watch.
2. Obi Melifonwu | 6’4” | Connecticut | Turns 23 tomorrow
Dreams do come true, right?
Obi Melifonwu will be long gone before the Cowboys pick at number 60. But how about this: The Cowboys trade out of the first round, gather some picks along way, and draft Mr. Obi early in the second round?
Sure, the athletic safety would have to drop out of the first round and maybe some more. But if the Dallas Cowboys see the big and fast safety available, expect owner and general manager Jerry Jones to be giddy.
Make it happen, Mr. Jones. Make it happen.
3. Fabian Moreau | 6’0” | UCLA | Age 22
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Due to a serious injury in 2015, Moreau’s draft stock may have dipped. Considered a first-round talent before, the former running back turned cornerback is ready to play.
But are the Cowboys willing to roll the dice again with their second pick? Moreau could even fall out of the second round all together.
Unfortunately, the Cowboys can’t be patient with their defensive picks. The rookies tagged this early will likely be inserted into starter mode. And for Moreau, coverage awareness is a problem, which isn’t ideal.
4. Marlon Humphrey | 6’1” | Alabama | Age 20
Ezekiel Elliott was a track star. Marlon Humphrey is one too.
Do you know where I am going with this?
Humphrey competed around the world as a track star in his high school days, earning a silver medal in 2013. He wanted to be a dual athlete in Alabama, playing football and track.
Humphrey has the size and tools to be a great cornerback in the NFC East. He’s the type of draft pick you’d hope the rest of the division passes on, which may not be realistic this year.
Humphrey would be a great addition to the Dallas Cowboys. He should be a favorite for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who preaches turnovers. Humphrey is a fit for that mold.