The Dallas Cowboys can find reliable cornerbacks outside the first round
Every draft, hype surrounds a franchise’s first-round pick. This time around, the Dallas Cowboys hold the tenth overall selection.
With the poor performance last season and the departure of cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, Cowboys fans are pleading for the team to draft a corner with their first-rounder. If Dallas misses their opportunity in the first round, there are other options later in the draft.
The seventh round of the NFL Draft is full of long-shot players. That doesn’t mean you can’t find anyone with good potential. The Dallas Cowboys might have the chance to grab a playmaking corner.
One cornerback that would be a steal in the seventh round is Appalachian State’s, Shemar Jean-Charles. He is an undersized corner, standing at five feet and ten inches tall and 184 pounds.
The Sun Belt conference may be underwhelming considering the competition, but Jean-Charles showed up this season. In 12 games, he knocked down 16 passes and intercepted one.
His ability to get his hands on the ball despite being undersized is impressive. It likely means he is a great athlete, right? Not so fast.
According to Relative Athletic Scoring, the corner is very underwhelming as an athlete. All that stands out is his above-average explosiveness.
That then suggests that either Shemar Jean-Charles has an elite football IQ and knows how to put himself in a position to make a play, or the defensive staff and his teammates inflated his stats.
His 24 solo tackles suggest that is not entirely true. The surrounding could have helped him, but he is the one blocking off passes and making plays.
If that were the case, other players on the team would have impressive stats as well. The next Mountaineer for passes defended is Kaiden Smith with eight. Jean-Charles’ passes defended alone is more than any other player in college football.
No defender in college football got their hands on a football more than Shemar. How he projects to be a seventh-rounder is beyond me.
Allowing a low 33 percent completion percentage and 50 passer rating is fantastic. Yes, Jean-Charles is a small corner that would surely struggle against bigger wideouts in the NFL. Then again, they also said that about Tyrann Mathieu.
That should please the stats geeks. If it doesn’t, well, how about Pro Football Focus giving him an 83.8 rating? That should do it.
While Shemar Jean-Charles is no Tyrann Mathieu, he deserves a reward for his dominance with Appalachian State. It is a low-risk, high-reward situation.
He should be gone by the time the Dallas Cowboys are drafting in the seventh round, but his size could see him drop. Owner Jerry Jones could spend a sixth but should not think twice with a seventh.