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Cowboys 2018 Draft Needs: Cornerback

For years, has a problem position in Dallas. But after two years of strong drafting and other moves, the CB group looks as solid as it has in some time. As such, it is one of the lower priorities for the Cowboys in the 2018 .

As currently constituted, the cornerbacks are young and deep. Last year's second and third-round picks, and , had strong rookie seasons and will be given even more responsibility now.

, a sixth-round pick in 2016, remains a solid depth option who has already started 19 games in his short career. He's overachieved for his draft position and will contend for a starting job this year.

Also competing will be , the team's first-round pick in 2015. After two years at , Jones is moving back to the corner. It's the position he played in college and his first year with the Cowboys.

Just this week, it was announced that Dallas picked up Jones' first-year option on his rookie deal. This means all four players we've discussed are under contract through next season as well.

Indeed, these are great options. Dallas felt so good about it that they were willing to make veteran a casualty this . In just two years, the Cowboys have totally made over the position from the days of Scandrick, , and .

Duke Thomas
CB Duke Thomas

Even the bottom of the cornerback has some intrigue. Duke Thomas was emerging in last year's camp and before a foot landed him on . He'll be just 24 in May and back to compete for a roster spot.

Also returning is , a sixth-round pick last year, who spent the season on the . There wasn't enough room for him on the 2017 roster, but White will hope to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Brown and as late-round selections who've emerged as contributors.

Assuming Thomas or White earns a roster spot, that's already five for your . Given that, Dallas can afford to not spend any draft picks at the position if they choose.

That doesn't mean the Cowboys won't add a talent if they like somebody in those later rounds. Even with their current stockpile, they'll draft a kid if they think he can compete for a roster spot.

If a cornerback is drafted, the fifth round is the highest I could see it happening. And even then, it would have to a real value.

More than likely, if any CBs are selected at all, it will be in those final two rounds. It's a luxury the Cowboys can finally enjoy thanks to their successful drafting in recent years.

Hopefully, that trend continues this week.

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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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