Cowboys 2021 draft positional rankings: Cornerback prospects

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Greg Newsome II #2 of the Northwestern Wildcats (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Greg Newsome II

Super Powers

Fast and long


Slight build


Arch Nemesis

Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome was a cornerback I believed could slip into the second round and be taken with the 44th overall selection because of the depth of this group. I was killed immediately for it and I know exactly why.

I have a late first-round grade on Newsome and although he is a popular mock draft pick for the Green Bay Packers at the 29th spot, falling to 44 is a dream according to critics. In a weaker cornerback class, Trevon Diggs graded out higher last year but still lasted into the middle of the second round.

It remains to be seen if Newsome will fall that far but one thing I do know is I wouldn’t hesitate long if he is still on the board in the second round for the Cowboys.

Newsome the player is a six-foot-one, 197-pound cornerback who has the speed and length NFL teams seem to covet with their prospects. He does have a slight build and will need to add more strength to avoid injury but his coverage skills are fantastic.

Newsome is like a combination of all of the cornerbacks in this draft. He is almost as tall as the other top guys and almost as big. Newsome is almost as fast and almost as talented. He falls just shy of the top guys so getting him late in the first or early in the second will be a good get for any football team.

Depending on how the draft shakes up, Newsome could be the talk of day two if he is not taken in round one, as the forgotten player teams will be trying to trade up for in the draft.

The Dallas Cowboys selecting of Greg Newsome II would no doubt come with some bigger growing pains than others although I do believe Newsome can develop into more than just your average starting cornerback.

I like his tenacity and a full NFL offseason could vault my fourth overall prospect into the very good NFL cornerback category.