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Antoine Winfield Jr in Round 2 Makes Sense for Cowboys

What direction will the Cowboys go in round one? Many believe, as they should, that defense will be the focus, especially in the early rounds. The interior of the defensive line needs an upgrade as well as the cornerback position, which just got made more important with Byron Jones set to hit the open market.

However, safety is where the Cowboys definitely need to focus their attention on in the first few rounds. LSU’s Grant Delpit and Alabama’s Xavier McKinney will be off the board by the second round. If the Cowboys wait to address safety until day two of the draft, Antoine Winfield Jr would be a steal.

Winfield appeared in 12 games with nine starts as a freshman in 2016 and performed very well. He racked up 52 tackles, an interception, three passes defended, and two fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown). However, injuries would plague the next two years for Winfield as he only played in four games in each after dealing with hamstring and foot issues.

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2019 would see Winfield put his name on the shortlist of the best safeties coming out of college. He registered 83 tackles, seven interceptions, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a touchdown. For his efforts, he would be named a Unanimous First-Team All-American, First-Team All-Big Ten, and the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year.

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Scouting report according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein 

Winfield has the pedigree being the son of former cornerback Antoine Winfield who made his name as a three-time pro bowler and all-pro for the Minnesota Vikings. He showed in 2019 he has the skills to be a ball-hawking safety with seven interceptions. On a defensive unit that lacks turnovers, he could be a very good fit at strong safety opposite free safety starter Xavier Woods. Lastly, his 4.45 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine showed he has the speed to play on the next level. The Cowboys very well may address the safety position in round one, however, if they wait until day two and Winfield is there, I’d pull the trigger.

 

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Matthew Lenix

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    • He’s 5’10 205lbs, same size as Earl Thomas and bigger than Tyrann Matthieu. Being 2 inches taller isn’t going to help him cover a 6’5 TE any better. The safety positions are about preparation (ie: film) and instincts, not size.

  1. If I was the cowboys I’d pick Xavier Mckinney in the 1st round, and then pick a corner in the 2nd!! There will be a couple to choose from!! I’m hoping that Jeff Gladney falls to us in the 2nd, but if not we have a good chance to get AJ Terrell!! If he’s not there then we can get a major steal in Bryce Hall!! He was a 1st round prospect till he got that bad injury!! But either way I’d choose Xavier Mckinney in the 1st round and go from there!!

  2. I would like to see the cowboys trade down from 17, and grab a extra 3rd rounder. I hope one of the QB falls or someone falls in love with a player ie ruggs. Then we can look at taking a S or CB at lets say 23, you can probably get the same S there or one of the top CB. Plus I got that extra 3rd cause we need Fatty (DL) we having had a Legit 1 tech in a hot min.

  3. I agree that we need to bolster our secondary and guys like McKinney or Henderson would be nice pieces for a long time. However, the best secondary is a great DL. Everyone loves to hate on Jeff Heath but our secondary hasn’t been the issue on defense, in fact it’s been our strength. Our weakness had been our lack of ability to get to the QB and our lack of ability to stop the run up the middle. I’d love to see the boys take a 1st rounder on a STUD DLineman for a change instead of mid-late rd project after project.

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