The Dallas Cowboys have been in need of improved safety play. Could they decide to use some position flex in order to address that need in-house?
Entering the 2020 NFL Draft, the position of safety figured to be a massive need for the Dallas Cowboys. So much so, many early mock drafts had the Cowboys selecting top safeties like Alabama’s Xavier McKinney or LSU’s Grant Delpit with the 17th overall selection in the first round.
Ultimately, the Cowboys chose to draft Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with that top pick instead. And throughout the rest of the annual selection event that concluded over the weekend, Dallas elected to once again ignore the safety position … or did they?
Although the Cowboys did not draft a safety by position, they did nab themselves two cornerbacks. They drafted Alabama’s Trevon Diggs in the second round and Tulsa’s Reggie Robinson II in the fourth. Of the two, Robinson is believed to be a possible candidate for a positional switch to safety.
After the draft, head coach Mike McCarthy mentioned that Dallas believes they have cornerbacks on the roster that could play safety. That according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.
On Wednesday, it was announced the Cowboys had agreed to terms with free-agent veteran cornerback Daryl Worley. A third-round selection by the Carolina Panthers in the 2016 draft, Worley has plenty of experience logging 49 starts over his four-year career.
Last season, while playing for the Los Angeles Raiders, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Worley started two games at safety. Clearly, the Cowboys could look to him to secure their safety position as well.
But Robinson and Worley aren’t the only cornerbacks that the new coaching staff in Dallas might be interested in making the switch to safety. According to a source reported by Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are seriously exploring a move that would send fourth-year cornerback Chidobe Awuzie to safety as well.
Following the exodus of Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones to the Miami Dolphins this offseason via free agency, Awuize was presumed to take the role as the team’s new number one corner. That status appears to be up in the air now as the former second-rounder prepares to enter the final year of his rookie contract in Dallas.
The Dallas Cowboys current depth chart at safety includes Xavier Woods, Darian Thompson, 2019 sixth-rounder Donovan Wilson, and recent free-agent signing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Yet the new coaching staff in Dallas appears to want to mix things up as they look to improve a defense that ranked ninth in total yards allowed last season.