Dallas Cowboys 2021 draft: 4 day two targets to consider

Syracuse Orange defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu (23) (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
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Trevon Moehrig, Dallas Cowboys
TCU Horned Frogs safety Trevon Moehrig (Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports) /

Trevon Moehrig, S – TCU

Despite their needs at cornerback, it’s hard to imagine the Cowboys not jumping at the chance to draft arguably the top safety in this class with their second-round selection. Although this is also a team that traditionally underinvests in the position.

Yet, TCU’s Trevon Moehrig would likely be just too talented and too good to pass up at No. 44. Especially for new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn who went to back-to-back Super Bowls in Seattle with two superior safeties in Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor leading the way.

In Moehrig, the Cowboys get a 6-foot-1, 202-pound safety capable of being the ball-hawking playmaker Dallas has been needing at the position for years. A terrific athlete whose skills would complement more hard-hitting safeties like Donovan Wilson and Keanu Neal, Moehrig would likely split time with the newly-signed Damontae Kazee while learning Quinn’s defensive scheme.

Although it’s important to remember both Neal and Kazee are only on one-year deals in Dallas and each has injury concerns. So drafting a safety who could possibly be called on to start as a rookie would make sense.

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Trevon Moehrig won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2020, which is awarded to the nation’s top defensive back in college football every year. He recorded 47 total tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, nine pass deflections, and two interceptions in 10 games for the Horned Frogs as a junior last season.