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    2020 Draft Rewind: NYG Safety McKinney Irked by Cowboys Opting for CeeDee Lamb

    How many times do you stop to think about the fact that Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb fell to the 17th pick of the ? If you're a Cowboys fan, the answer might be pretty often – as the receiver-needy Cowboys paired the draft's best talent with and . However, if you're New York Giants safety Xavier McKinney, this fact might come up more than it should.

    In a recent interview with Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden on the “All Things Covered” podcast, McKinney did not shy away from telling his counterparts that he “takes it personal every time I play the Cowboys”.

    2020 Draft Rewind: NYG Safety McKinney Irked by Cowboys Opting for CeeDee Lamb
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    As far as players and coaches wanting to put up their best performance against , McKinney can go ahead and get in line. What makes this example more fun is that McKinney was so often linked to Dallas before the 2020 Draft. Rarely do pair a player with a team as steadily as McKinney was projected to be the pick at 17th overall, despite their of not addressing safety with much priority.

    For draft analysts and fans alike, McKinney to the Cowboys made perfect sense. The Alabama product would be an instant improvement to both the team's pass and run as a versatile safety capable of playing deep or in the box.

    The Cowboys need for defensive help was perhaps so glaring that fans outside of Dallas forget that WR also remained enough of a need to make passing on a talent like CeeDee Lamb impossible. Like McKinney in 2020, wide receiver was the popular pick for the Cowboys in 2018 before they opted for LB . They then traded their 2019 first rounder mid-season for Amari Cooper.

    Lamb and McKinney's rookie campaigns were both clouded by outside factors that make the East rivals' draft decisions hard to judge just yet. McKinney missed ten games with a foot , making his fourth quarter interception of a season highlight. The fact it was Dalton playing into week 17 and not – lost for the season against the Giants in week five – puts an asterisk on Lamb's already solid debut.

    McKinney sealing a win against the Cowboys in the season finale earned the Giants an outside chance at the via a dreadful NFC East in 2020. This opportunity disappeared in a game that summed up the division well, as the final primetime game of the year saw the Washington Football Team hold off the /Nate Sudfeld Eagles to clinch the division.

    Since missing the playoffs, both teams have done plenty of work at the respective positions opposite Lamb or McKinney. The Giants prioritized adding playmakers for QB , as now has Kenny Golladay, Kelvin Benjamin, Kadarius Toney, and a healthy to call plays for.

    The Cowboys current plan at safety includes a new but familiar face for in , along with veteran . The team is also relying on to take the next step after a promising season.

    CeeDee Lamb, Vikings

    Cowboys personnel themselves would justify passing on McKinney simply by pointing out that safeties are rarely the players that decide a game. Before knowing what they had in Lamb, or even at QB with Dak Prescott's extension being drawn out, a dominant pass is certainly key to today's NFL. When healthy, the Cowboys easily have all the makings of just that.

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    A healthy Giants defense, with McKinney set to prove a point, will get their first shot at the Cowboys in week five at . If you could redo the 2020 Draft, would the Cowboys pick still be a 935 yard receiver without his starting QB for 11 games in CeeDee Lamb?

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    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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    Cowboys fan

    I can understand how Xavier Mckinney feels, I felt the same way when we passed on him for Ceedee Lamb!! Xavier Mckinney would’ve been a difference maker on the back end of our defense…. And would definitely be better than any other safety we had/have!! And for the cowboys front office to show a lot of interest in Mckinney and make him think we were gonna draft him in the 1st round, just to pass on him is messed up, and that’s why Mckinney feels the way he does, and I can’t blame him!! That whole draft went exactly the way I was hoping, except for the 1st round pick!! Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with Ceedee Lamb, but if it was me I would’ve found a way to get Mckinney too!! But now we have to deal with him twice a year, and that’s not gonna be good with the way he feels about us now!! He’s gonna make our front office regret not finding a way to get him in the draft, I guarantee it!!

    Ghetto Eskimo (@jusplaindeon)

    the fact that he was hurt for most of the season would have made cowboys fans curse every time he was in shorts on the sideline and CeeDee scoring TD’s for the hated Eagles would have made McKinney hate Dallas more than he does now… so, for the cowboys to dodge a big bullet is enough to for me to say….. ‘you are upset, so what… i don’t care!!’… the only person to ever have beef with Dallas is Randy Moss.. no one else!!

    Albert Paul Sykes

    This whole mindset is a reach.
    .. And lack of basic draft knowledge will challenge a true fan.
    On the comment, Some Cowboys fans are questionable at best.

    Shaun

    > X♿️

    Ronin

    Let me get this straight: Dude missed 10 games in his rookie year and is butthurt Dallas drafted the BPA that he can’t cover? Is it April 1st? What am I missing? The best ability is availability. CeeDee was then, has been, is now and for the foreseeable future the better player. Speaking of McKinney, he picked off Andy Dalton…Should I bold that comment or can I just leave that as is? Thanks.

    Don Howard

    He shouldn’t take it personal Dallas hates all safeties

    Youngsta71701

    Right, I would’ve loved for us to bring in Earl Thomas.