Pros and Cons of a Cornerback at 17
The faces at the cornerback position for the Dallas Cowboys could look very different next season with starters Byron Jones and Anthony Brown both becoming free agents this offseason. So these positions could be a high priority in the eyes of head coach Mike McCarthy and new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
If the Cowboys take a cornerback with the 17th pick that means that there’s a good chance that Jones may not be coming back next season. That money that was projected for Jones can then be used to help bring back other free agents that the Cowboys coaching staff and front office covets. The Cowboys next season would most likely receive a high compensatory pick if they lose Jones as well.
With any rookie draft pick the taken in the draft is going to go through some growing pains during their first season in the league. In this case, cornerbacks take the brunt of these pains with quarterbacks and offenses targeting them early and often. So keep that in mind when you are thinking about the Cowboys taking a cornerback with the 17th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.