5 late-round draft prospects the Cowboys should consider

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Tay Gowan, UCF Knights
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3. Tay Gowan, CB (UCF)

The Dallas Cowboys headed into the offseason with a plethora of needs that were heavily skewed towards the defensive side of the ball. That need was particularly acute in the teams’ secondary. The unit was one of only seven to allow opposing quarterbacks to throw for a passer rating of 100 or better last season.

With the Cowboys recently signing both safety Damontae Kazee and safety Jayron Kearse their needs at the safety position have been at least somewhat lessened. However, the organization has (at the time of this writing) done embarrassingly little to address their need at the cornerback position.

Even assuming that Dallas uses one of its first two picks in the draft on a cornerback, the team could still use more help to shore up the depth of this important position. That need could potentially be addressed by selecting cornerback Tay Gowan.

The young defender had a stellar junior year with UCF in which he managed to get an impressive eight pass deflections and two interceptions. Following that solid season, Gowan chose to opt-out of the 2020 season for personal reasons.

The six-foot-two, 185-pound defensive back is a little slim for a player his size. However, his combination of speed and height make him an interesting late-round prospect in this years’ draft.

The Dallas Cowboys could address one of their most pressing needs late in the draft and select a guy with a high upside who could develop into a solid piece of the Dallas defense with this pick.