The Dallas Cowboys have followed their draft board through the first three rounds. And that trend seemed to continue to start Day Three at No. 123.
The Dallas Cowboys went into the 2020 NFL Draft with serious needs along their defense. Specifically at cornerback, where the team lost Pro Bowl starter, Byron Jones, in free agency last month. And projected starters in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis are both entering the final year of their rookie contracts.
The Cowboys used their second-round selection on Day Two to draft Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs. And they continued to address that secondary need in the fourth round, selecting Tulsa cornerback Reggie Robinson II at pick No. 123.
A lengthy cornerback coming in at 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, Robinson is a native of Cleburne, TX. He recorded 38 total tackles, three interceptions, 13 pass defends, and two fumble recoveries in 12 games as a senior. Robinson also blocked three kicks during his college career.
The Draft Network’s Joe Marino says Robinson is super aggressive in press coverage but also has some upside in zone. Marino also noted that he plays like an alpha whose ball skills pop off his game tape. Although a lack of catch-up speed is a concern, Robinson ran a 4.44-forty at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The combination of Diggs and Robinson represents a future beyond Awuize and Lewis in 2021. As for the upcoming season, the presence of both veterans along with Anthony Brown and the recently signed Maurice Canady means these two prospects have time to develop. Yet, don”t be surprised if they challenge for significant roles this summer.
Over the past five years, the Dallas Cowboys have selected seven different prospects in the fourth round. The most famous being Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, who ended up becoming the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016.
The other early Day Two selections include Memphis running back Tony Pollard (2019), Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong (2018), Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz (2018), North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer (2017), Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper (2016), and Minnesota linebacker Damien Wilson (2015).