Following a defensive heavy draft by the Dallas Cowboys, is the selection of this late round cornerback the most questionable pick in their class?
I have to admit, when the Dallas Cowboys drafted Florida State cornerback Marquez White in the sixth round of last month’s NFL Draft, I was left scratching my head.
I understand that in the sixth round you are trying to find a hidden gem and drafting for traits. But after the Cowboys spent both their second and third round selections on the exact same position, drafting White seemed redundant.
And Dallas proved last season that these late round selections can have a big impact on your roster. Not only was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, quarterback Dak Prescott, drafted by the Cowboys late in the fourth round. But Dallas also found a starting cornerback in the sixth round last season in Purdue’s Anthony Brown.
By selecting White, the Cowboys have force themselves into an even tougher decision when they start whittling down their roster later this offseason. The rookie prospect joins a suddenly overflowing locker room of corners that now includes Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Anthony Brown, Orlando Scandrick, Nolan Carroll, Leon McFadden, Sammy Seamster, Duke Thomas and Jeremiah McKinnon.
But is White the Cowboys most questionable draft selection in 2017? According to one NFL insider, the answer is yes.
"“I understand that [Marquez] White was a late sixth-rounder and the Cowboys were looking to load up on cornerbacks. However, after grabbing two CBs in the early rounds, I thought there were players with higher ceilings that the Cowboys could have taken a shot on at this stage.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL Media draft analyst via NFL.com"
Some of the names available on the board when Dallas selected White with the 216th pick in the sixth round were Virginia Tech wide receiver Isaiah Ford, Notre Dame defensive end Isaac Rochell, Utah State running back Devante Mays and Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly.
Obviously, these prospects don’t necessarily jump out at you as they are all late round selections. But the point is there were other positions the Cowboys could have chosen to address with one of these flier picks.
Ultimately, time will determine if Marquez White was the right selection for the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round or not. But looking purely at the numbers, it appears the former Seminole will face a very stiff up hill battle in order to secure a highly contested roster spot in Dallas this offseason.