1. Kelvin Joseph, CB
As hard as it was to watch the issues unfold at wide receiver, it might have been more frustrating to see a promising player on defense fail to get the job done when he was called upon. Kelvin Joseph was the Cowboys’ second-round pick in 2021 and while he hardly played as a rookie, he showed some promise.
The hope was that he would join Micah Parsons as a defensive starter from that class. If so, they would have two young and talented corners with Joseph across from Trevon Diggs.
That hasn’t happened yet as Joseph was unable to surpass Anthony Brown on the depth chart. He still got his chance when Brown was lost for the season but that wound up being a disaster. Not only did Joseph get torched for two touchdowns in a meltdown loss to the Jaguars but he was quickly replaced by Nahshon Wright, who hasn’t been great either.
Dan Quinn eventually solved his secondary concerns by playing rookie fifth-round pick DaRon Bland and moving Israel Mukuamu from safety to slot corner (he was a corner at South Carolina but moved to safety when Dallas took him in the sixth-round of the 2021 NFL Draft).
Now, the expectation is that they’ll be looking for another corner as Joseph doesn’t seem to be the answer. He’s also been flagged so often on special teams that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him off the roster in 2023.