Dallas Cowboys day two draft grades, defense gets a boost

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Kelvin Joseph, Dallas Cowboys
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After trading back in the first round on Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys came into day two with four picks. As expected the Cowboys continued to upgrade their defense.

Addressing defensive back, defensive tackle, and edge rusher, Dallas added a group of players that can immediately impact the 2021 roster. Head coach Mike McCarthy mentioned length multiple times in the pre-draft press conference and these players have plenty.

Day-Two Picks

Kelvin Joseph, Cornerback, Kentucky (R2 – No. 44)

Joseph is a polarizing athlete with the potential to be a top-20 player in this class. But, his off-field concerns pushed him to pick 44. He was suspended from the bowl game in his first season at LSU for a violation of team rules. Then he transferred to Kentucky.

Then his coaches at Kentucky “pushed” him to opt out the final two games of the season. With Kentucky Sports Radio reporting that head coach Mark Stoops said …

"“I can’t just have him out there standing around”"

To spend a premium pick on Joseph the Cowboys must have felt good about the off-field issues because talent alone makes this a good choice. In his time at Kentucky, he showed great ball skills, accumulating five passes defended, and four interceptions in only nine games.

Joseph should be able to step in and play opposite of Trevon Diggs starting week one. Filling a major hole in the Cowboys secondary.

Pick Grade: B+