Will signing a veteran cornerback like Jason McCourty or Darrelle Revis give the Dallas Cowboys more flexibility during the upcoming NFL Draft.
There are some interesting scenarios that the Dallas Cowboys could be faced with in the days before and after the draft. One possible decision could involving adding a veteran free agent corner to the roster.
Cornerback Jason McCourty was released by the Tennessee Titans last week. The eight-year veteran is one of the better defensive backs available, recording 69 tackles, 12 pass defends and two interceptions last season starting in 14 games for the Titans. McCourty turns 30-years old in August.
Seven-time Pro Bowl corner Darrelle Revis is also currently available on the open market. Revis is certainly a legend in this league. However injuries and age (31) have slowed him down a bit. Still Revis could be looking to sign with a contender. And the Cowboys could be the right fit.
Dallas’ defensive secondary could certainly use some veteran cornerbacks to give them some flexibility when it comes to the draft. Currently, the Cowboys are facing the prospect of selecting multiple cornerbacks during the event which could limit them in terms of who they select early on.
This draft class is deep and full of young talent. And not just at the defensive back position. Say a talented tight end like Alabama’s O.J. Howard fell to #28? Or how about a dynamic running back like Florida State’s Dalvin Cook? Removing the need at corner by signing a veteran would give Dallas the option to draft the best available player.
What if all of the great pass rushers are taken and those players are the top rated prospects on the Cowboys draft board? Dallas should not want to feel forced into selecting a player just from need alone they should want to get the player that can immediately impact the team.
McCourty, at this stage in his career, would likely be a better option than Revis and if you paired him with a talented young cornerback in the second or third round the team’s secondary would immediately be upgraded. Realistically the Cowboys already have a solid option next to free agent acquisition Nolan Carroll and second year player, Anthony Brown.
With starting slot cornerback Orlando Scandrick returning the team only needs to add two cornerbacks, one to compete for a starting job and one to add some depth to the position. In addition to that, adding McCourty or Revis could allow the Cowboys to select multiple pass rushers in the upcoming draft. Which is what the team has needed to do for quite some time.