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2021 Offseason: Did Cowboys Get Better or Worse at Cornerback?

The have used considerable draft resources at the position in recent years. That continued in 2021 with 2nd and 3rd-round picks going to CB, but we also saw a former 2nd-round pick go out the door in . As we prepare for the upcoming season, does it feel like the Cowboys are better or worse at cornerback?

The 2nd-round pick in 2017, , played out his rookie contract and just took a deal from the . While never an exceptional player, Awuzie was a solid starter and not easily replaced.

Dallas did re-sign another 2017 draftee, , to go with returning players and as a potential CB nucleus. But recognizing that more was needed, Dallas added two more corners in Day 2 of the with and .

2021 Offseason Movement at CB

  • Departures
    • Chidobe Awuzie
  • Arrivals
    • Kelvin Joseph (R)
    • Nahshon Wright (R)

Joseph and Wright's arrivals make this a very interesting group to watch in camp and . We're already fairly convinced that Diggs, last year's 2nd-rounder, has the makings of an exceptional NFL cornerback. And Lewis and Brown, while never great, have had their moments.

Joseph scouts a lot like Awuzie; a zone CB who isn't afraid to but struggles in man. We'd love him to hit the ground running and immediately contribute as a top-three corner, but at least Brown and Lewis are here to provide some insurance against rookie development.

Wright was one of the more surprising picks of the 2021 Draft, perceived as being a major reach for where Dallas took him, But if early indications mean anything, Nahshon has been a standout of the recent and will hopefully keep proving the scouts right once we get to and beyond.

We're still waiting for anyone, including Trevon Diggs, to replace the void that left with his departure in 2020. But if we're just looking at last year to now, replacing Chidobe Awuzie isn't the tallest order ever.

With Diggs hopefully taking a forward step in his second year, plus the influx of new talent to compete with Lewis and Brown, it's reasonable to assume that someone can fill Awuzie's shoes while the rest of the CB group gets stronger and deeper.

Final Verdict: BETTER (slightly)

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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