A Dallas Cowboys mock draft with a no-trade clause

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123. . Free Safety. Dallas Cowboys. Caden Sterns. 99. player

This might be too late and not the right prospect according to most draft experts but I happen to think Texas safety Caden Sterns has the ability to become that ball-hawking free safety the Dallas defense has not seen in years.

Sterns opted out this past season which might be a reason he is not as high as he probably should be on draft boards but he can absolutely fly. Sterns tested better than most people probably thought so him being on the board this far down might be too low but I am banking on him being overlooked due to his lost covid season.

Like Shelvin above, Sterns is a specialist as his run game support needs refinement. Contrary to what you might think of that previous statement, his lack of support has more to do with his body build rather than his willingness to stick his head in on a tackle.

The six-foot 210-pound safety could give recently signed safety Damontae Kazee more time to heal during camp possibly giving Sterns a good amount of time rotating at free safety.

I would expect Donovan Wilson to get early reps at free safety while Neal starts at strong safety until Kazee or Sterns forces Wilson back to the strong safety spot while Neal can go play this much anticipated hybrid role.

Either way, adding Sterns to this group is an exciting proposition and one I hope the Dallas Cowboys follow through on.