Seemingly a perennial afterthought in the Dallas Cowboys’ plans, this can no longer be the case. The last time that Dallas used a first or second-round pick on this position was the 2002 selection of Roy Williams. Not coincidentally, he was the last safety to play for this team to make a Pro Bowl.
Darian Thompson, Kavon Frazier, and Jeff Heath all set to become free agents. If none of them returned, it would not be the end of the world. Still, with just one NFL starting-caliber player at this position (Xavier Woods), it would behoove the Cowboys to address this position at either pick 17 or 51.
The latter would be a perfect spot to land Minnesota safety Antonie Winfield, Jr. Not only does Winfield have the pedigree (his Dad played 14 seasons in the league), he also has the skills. Running a 4.45-forty at the NFL Combine and grabbing seven interceptions during his last season in the Big Ten makes him almost impossible to pass on twice.
This profile from Patrick Conn at USA Today should have Cowboys fans salivating at the thought of him in silver and blue. The ball skills have severely lacked for over a decade at this position. A choice like Winfield would certainly remedy that issue.