A Big Picture View of Terrance Mitchell’s Move

    I can't think of any position group on any team that has received as much criticism and blame as the has over the past decade or so.

    Trust me, they've been easy to blame.

    The downfall of in 2011, the failed experiment in 2010, and even the (so far) disappointing career of are all examples which detractors will point to in order to prove the Cowboys secondary as inadequate.

    The thing is, the last couple of seasons, the Cowboys secondary hasn't been bad whatsoever.

    Last year, they ranked fifth in pass yards against in both per game and overall categories. Though the interceptions weren't there, you could argue that the unit improved as a whole.

    And the signs are pointing towards them being even better in 2016.

    One cog in the 2016 defensive backfield machine will be , whom the Cowboys are giving a chance to move from his original position to during OTA's.

    Mitchell failed to make the Cowboys in 2014 after an overall lackluster performance, but found himself back on the team later in 2015.

    Though he saw very limited time last season, Mitchell recorded the first interception by a Cowboys cornerback in almost a full calendar year when he finally saw game action against the .

    As Sean Martin profiled here on Inside , Mitchell has displayed the athleticism and versatility to play all over the field. He also plays well in space, and has shown the ability to make open field tackles, something the Cowboys current safeties have had a problem with.

    Cowboys Secondary: Don't Forget About These Two Corners

    Moving Mitchell to safety makes a ton of sense for the team.

    JJ Wilcox has been average at best during his tenure at safety for the Cowboys, His contract is expiring soon, and has emerged as the next .

    Though the team drafted safety in the of the 2016 draft, there isn't a whole lot known about how Frazier will translate to the NFL. The team obviously likes Frazier, and wants to give him a shot, but you don't want to bet the future on a sixth round rookie just yet.

    is starting to age, and has performed inconsistently as a whole during his career in Dallas. For now, he is the , but this could very well change as soon as 2017.

    All of this makes Terrance Mitchell's potential move even more important to the Cowboys future moves at the safety position.

    If Terrance Mitchell can play safety consistently, chances for other cornerbacks may open up as well.

    This could open the door for Purdue Boilermakers sixth round corner , who I profiled for the series, and enjoyed watching play.

    Draft Film Review: Cowboys CB Anthony Brown

    As I talked about in the film review, Brown has some redeeming NFL qualities, and I would like to see him make the 53-man roster.

    The issue for Brown is the numbers game of an NFL roster, but if Mitchell moves to safety permanently, Brown will be able to find more reps at corner in practice and may have more chances to prove himself.

    There is, of course, the possibility (or probability) of either Morris Claiborne or not being on the 2017 roster, which would make Brown's position even more important.

    Bryan Broaddus of has been skeptical of the move, believing that in the end, Mitchell will return to corner. However there have been other reports of Mitchell looking good at safety when given the chance, so far.

    We won't know the outcome of this move until concludes this summer, but at the moment, Terrance Mitchell has a real chance to help this secondary as a safety and nickel corner immediately.

    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Brady
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


    How can the Cowboys defeat the Colts?

    The Indianapolis Colts have been a shaky team lately....

    Booming, balanced Cowboys offense is their ticket to the post-season

    Ever since Dak Prescott’s return in week seven against...

    Cowboys vs Colts — Over/Under Reactions

    Week 13 is here, as the (8-3) Dallas Cowboys...

    Who’s in, Who’s out: Cowboys vs Colts injury report

    When the clock strikes 7:20 p.m. CT on Sunday,...


    Daily Cowboys News in Your Inbox
    Your email address:*
    Please enter all required fields Click to hide
    Correct invalid entries Click to hide

    Trending Now

    Fantasy Outlook: It’s Hard to Trust any Cowboys Player Next Season

    I am already looking forward to my fantasy football...

    Cowboys Reveal New Uniforms for Week 17 vs Titans

    Another uniform emerges for the Dallas Cowboys to wear...

    Diggs Island – Trevon Diggs is entering elite status

    It’s hard to find a cornerback that is under...

    The Star: Getting Inside the Dallas Cowboys New Home

    The Dallas Cowboys star logo is one of the...

    Will Jalen Tolbert suit up again this season?

    The third-round pick out of South Alabama has been...

    Cowboys Nostalgia: Before Jerry Jones

    25 years ago Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys...

    Why are the Dallas Cowboys Considered “America’s Team?”

    The Dallas Cowboys are one National Football League team...

    Like Father, Like Son: Cowboys Could Regret not Drafting TE Thaddeus Moss

    When it comes to Randy Moss and the Dallas...

    Breaking: CB Jourdan Lewis’ season is over with foot injury

    The Dallas Cowboys were hit with awful news Monday morning, as they learned starting cornerback Jourdan Lewis' season is over with a foot injury....

    3 players the Cowboys must re-sign next offseason

    As the Dallas Cowboys (4-1) continue to suffocate opponents on the defensive end and play efficient ball on the offensive side, I wanted to...

    Malik Hooker is off to a phenomenal start for the Cowboys

    The Dallas Cowboys have not allowed a single opponent to reach the 20-point mark this season. We can thank guys like Micah Parsons and...


    Newest Most Voted
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments
    RJ Ochoa

    I like this. I go so back and forth in terms of the depth at corner, but I feel confident enough to let Terrance slide over. Great write up, Kev!

    Sent from my iPad using Pigskin Hub – Pro Football Forums mobile app

    Bryson T

    And then, barely a day later, the Cowboys waive Mitchell. WTF? Gotta be something the team saw and kept very quiet. Can't remember, is Mitchell PS eligible still?

    Bryson T

    According to his stats on, he was active in 8 games in 2015, ruling him out for being added to the PS.