1. DaRon Bland, CB
Taken in the fifth round out of Fresno State, DaRon Bland finds himself fighting for a role in a very crowded secondary. Dallas has only one real big name at corner in Trevon Diggs but that doesn’t mean there aren’t strong players behind him.
Right now, they’re still waiting to see if Kelvin Joseph can take his next step and become a starter but even if he doesn’t, they feel great about Anthony Brown — who is a very underrated player. There’s also Jourdan Lewis, which gives them four players who can start right now if needed.
The depth continues from there with Nahshon Wright who was taken in Round 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Wright scored a touchdown on a blocked punt as a rookie and while he didn’t do much outside of that, the coaching staff really likes his length and athleticism.
For Bland, the good news is that the staff in Dallas seems to be high on him as well. Bland said this was the first team that he visited with, meaning they were targeting him for a while.
"“The Cowboys were my first visit,” Bland said after he was drafted via DallasCowboys.com. “It’s a surreal moment at this stage. I worked very hard for this. I’ve spent most of my life trying to get to this point.”"
He also has the ability to play on special teams, which is always a good way for rookies to make the team. As much as all this will help, he still has a tough road ahead of him simply due to the numbers.