1. Brian Poole, CB
The Dallas Cowboys secondary was one of only seven in the league that allowed opposing passers to have a passer rating of 100 or better last season. Even with the promising addition of cornerback Trevon Diggs, who led the team in interceptions and pass deflections in his rookie year in 2020, and the recent signing of safety Damontae Kazee this is still the single biggest need for the Cowboys at this moment in time.
Dallas needs help in their secondary and particularly has an acute need at the cornerback position. This need arguably increased this offseason due to the team losing cornerback Chidobe Awuzie to the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency. That need would start to be addressed if the team signed cornerback Brian Poole.
The 28-year old had two interceptions, seven pass deflections, and 44 total tackles while playing nine games with the New York Jets last season. The former Atlanta Falcon has racked up a respectable seven interceptions and 31 pass deflections during his first five years in the league.
The 5-foot-10 defensive back has developed into one of the better slot cornerbacks in the league. With Spotrac currently projecting Poole’s market value around $4 million a year, it would seem like this move would be the perfect combination of being able to upgrade a position of need for a reasonable price for Dallas.
Even with the team’s recent re-signing of Jourdan Lewis they still are in desperate need of help at the cornerback position. Signing Poole would not only give the team an upgrade at this important position, but it would also potentially free up the Dallas Cowboys to draft the best player available with the tenth-overall pick instead of being pressured to pick the top cornerback on the board.
The Dallas Cowboys could address what is arguably their most pressing need with a relatively low-cost option. The move would give Dallas a solid nickel corner and could possibly leave the team with enough money to make another move as well. Hopefully, the front office feels the same way.