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Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene is a Viable Option at 51 for the Cowboys

The Dallas came into the with a question mark at cornerback as was set to hit the open market. He would sign with the , and push the need for a cornerback up the Cowboys priority list in the draft. was re-signed to a three-year deal to give the team some nice depth along with and . However, more value could be added to the Cowboys in the in the form of Auburn Cornerback Noah Igbinoghene.

Igbinoghene started his collegiate career as a and hauled in six receptions for 24 yards while also serving as the team’s primary (24 returns, 571 yards, 23.8 average). In 2018, he converted to cornerback and registered 50 tackles, an interception, 11 passes defended, and a forced fumble while continuing his kick return duties (11 returns, 311 yards, 28.3 average, one touchdown). He was solid again in 2019 as he totaled 42 tackles and seven passes defended and had his third consecutive productive season returning kicks (nine returns, 317 yards, 35.2 average, one touchdown).

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He may not be as polished as Jeff Okudah or but Igbinoghene is very physical and extremely athletic. Very aggressive in press-man coverage and has excellent acceleration which allows him to be a striker as an open-field tackler. He could add instant value on as a returner. At the NFL Combine, he had a very good workout posting a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash, 15 reps on the bench press, a 37-inch vertical, and a 128-inch broad jump.

according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein 

“Stocky but explosive receiver-turned-cornerback whose play generates both intrigue and concern. He’s extremely physical from snap to whistle with the strength to alter route timing from the press. He’s a good athlete with a plus burst to close. He’s naturally aggressive to ambush catch tries. Staying in phase on the vertical plane is a challenge and pattern recognition is surprisingly average. Improvement is likely with more experience and technique, but playing with downfield poise is not guaranteed. He’s good in run support and offers early special teams help as he continues to learn his craft.”

He may only have two years of experience playing the position, but Igbinoghene is one of the more skilled cornerbacks entering the NFL Draft. The second round seems to be the ideal spot to select him and the Cowboys should definitely consider it if cornerback isn’t addressed in the .

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Written by Matthew Lenix

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  1. This would be perfect! Get Ruiz in the 1st, take Noah in the 2nd, te in the 3rd, possibly even Kmet, get Winfield jr in the 4th, and fill in from there, lb depth, slot wr, ol depth, maybe get John Runyan’s kid late. Perfect storm!

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