One of the biggest areas of concern on the Dallas Cowboys roster is at safety. With the 2020 NFL Draft impending the Cowboys can finally make it a strength.
The Dallas Cowboys have needed a play-maker on the backend of their defense for several years now. With the NFL combine approaching, followed by the NFL draft teams will see a handful of potentially high impact starters at the safety position.
With hopes of Dallas finally addressing the position in the 2020 NFL Draft. Cowboys fans can take a look at these four safeties who can potentially make a huge impact on the Dallas defense.
1. Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Xavier McKinney is a very fluid athlete at 6-foot-1 200 lbs. In 2019 he was a very productive player for the Crimson Tide in the highly competitive SEC, posting 95 tackles (5.5 for loss), three sacks, three interceptions, five passes defended, and four forced fumbles.
As the NFL combine gets near we have seen McKinney skyrocket up draft bards and even challenge LSU safety Grant Delpit for the top spot at the safety position for various reasons.
McKinney shows bursts like no other in this draft class. He is not necessarily a one high safety with a ton of range but he does close off windows nicely that he can see develop in front of him. He shows off his burst best when he’s needed in the run game inside the box.
McKinney plays very instinctive, smart and with an attitude in both the run and pass game. He is an extremely gifted open-field tackler who progressed yearly at the University of Alabama and was a major key to their dominant defense of recent.
From an NFL standpoint, McKinney would thrive in a zone coverage scheme in which he can keep everything in front of him. One of his best traits is having the ability to read the quarterbacks eyes and drive on the football. Putting him in man situations or covering sideline to sideline wouldn’t be ideal.