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Are Cowboys, Safety Xavier McKinney On A Draft Day Collision Course?

The have had some iconic safeties throughout the years.

, , , worthy players on the back-end of some classic defensive units.

It's been quite a while since Dallas could claim with a straight-face that they've thought highly of their starting safeties, though. Lately the Cowboys have looked for bargains on the back-end, with day three picks and underpriced veterans late in getting major gameday reps.

And while has been solid and has obvious potential, is as clear a need as can be on the Cowboys 2020 roster.

So why not draft one in the ?

Alabama's almost makes too much sense 17th overall. The man who has been compared to Minkah Fitzpatrick has etched his own route to the league, rising to the tops of this year's safety class and earning first round consideration.

Cowboys Draft Target: Alabama Safety Xavier McKinney
Alabama safety Xavier McKinney

McKinney had an incredible Sophomore season in 2018, finishing with 74 tackles, three , and two interceptions. He then followed up his impressive 2018 with a strong Junior season, tallying 95 tackles, three more sacks and a three picks. Box score stats don't tell the whole story, of course, but they do hint at what McKinney does best.


McKinney truly is a jack of all trades at safety, playing in the slot, at , and in the box at times at Alabama. While he has done it all, he's certainly not a “master of none,” or a weird fit in a traditional like some other “versatile” safeties have been in recent years.

McKinney would fit seamlessly into the Cowboys defense, easily working as a centerfielder while also showing the ability to be used as a matchup-piece against “modern” offensive sets.

He'll likely be right there for the Cowboys in the first round, but will a new mean a new philosophy on how the franchise views the safety position?

There is certainly a lot of smoke between the two, but McKinney does still feel like a long shot to be picked at 17 compared to players like K'lavon Chaisson and .

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.

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