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Cowboys Can’t go Wrong Drafting Florida’s CJ Henderson or Alabama’s Trevon Diggs

All-Pro Bryon Jones left a huge hole in the Dallas Cowboys secondary when he signed a five-year, 82.5 million dollar deal with the Miami Dolphins. Now, the cornerback position has risen up the importance ladder in terms of the Cowboys strategy in April when the NFL Draft rolls around.

Two of the top cornerbacks in the nation seem to keep popping up when mock drafts for the Cowboys are made, and that’s Florida’s CJ Henderson and Alabama’s Trevon Diggs. The former is the lead candidate with the fan base considering he’s more polished overall, while the latter is a little more raw at this point. Nonetheless, both of these young talents bring a bag full of tools that can be utilized on the professional level and could instantly help the Cowboys.

Henderson has the height and length you want for a cornerback at 6’1 204 pounds. He has tremendous closing speed and anticipation to break up passes that appear to be easy completions. You can rely on him in press coverage or zone which shows his flexibility. Running a 4.39 in the 40 gives him the speed to not only cover receivers downfield when they try to take the top off of defense but also on quicker routes like the slant. Henderson returned an interception for a touchdown in each of his first two games at Florida which shows he not only can take the ball away but he looks to put points on the board. He’s willing to provide support against the run although he’ll need to show more discipline when tackling, which is probably the biggest knock on him.

Diggs, much like Henderson, has the size you want at 6’1 205 pounds. He’s athletic enough to not only cover smaller, faster receivers but he can match up with bigger targets as well. Very good at reading the quarterback’s eyes and has the anticipation and closing speed to disrupt throwing lanes. Displayed elite ball skills to make impressive interceptions during his senior season. He had a nose for the end zone in 2019 as he scored on a fumble recovery and an interception. His speed covering receivers downfield is his biggest weakness but with veteran safeties Xavier Woods and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix covering over the top he wouldn’t be asked to do so as much. Also, he returned punts and kickoffs with pretty decent success in college.

One thing that will help either of these prospects if they’re drafted by the Cowboys will be the additions on the defensive front. Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe add much-needed size and pressure from the interior. The more havoc they cause will force double team’s, which would allow All-Pro DeMarcus Lawrence and hopefully a soon to be reinstated Randy Gregory more one-on-one opportunities. The better your pass rush, the easier it is for your secondary to make plays.

A potential roadblock for the Cowboys when it comes to Henderson is the Atlanta Falcons, who pick a few spots ahead and are said to be extremely interested in him.

Henderson and Diggs are extremely talented cornerbacks with very high ceilings entering the NFL. If this position is what the organization has their minds set on addressing first, either one of these guys would be an immediate upgrade and the team’s CB1 for the 2020 season and the foreseeable future.

What do you think?

Matthew Lenix

Written by Matthew Lenix

I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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  1. Interesting! I guess he ranks Diggs above Fulton. He’s saying if Henderson is gone. Diggs would still be a good option at 17. Hmmmmmm!

  2. Watch the tape. Fulton is both their equal and we might get him at 24-30. Him plus a third round pick doubles the chances we get the job done and in the off-season can replace the two corners we likely will lose.

  3. Did you watch the LSU vs Alabama game? All Diggs did in that game was grab the LSU receivers. His technique was terrible and if he tries to play in the NFL like that he will be a penalty machine! Plus, his tackling was weak. Do not overrate Alabama players. They all shine in college because they play on a team with overwhelming talent. This guy is a 2nd or 3rd round talent at best.

  4. If the Cowboys don’t draft a corner at 17, then they will be forced to draft one at 51. I think there will be a run on CBs between 15-50. Henderson, Fulton, Diggs, Terrell, Gladney, J Johnson, Igbinoghene, and Dantzler could all be gone before 51.

  5. I think people are over valuing Cj Henderson!! He was projected to go in the 2nd and 3rd round before the combine for a reason!! You say we can’t go wrong with Henderson or Diggs in the 1st round, well I say we can’t go wrong with Xavier Mckinney in the 1st round!! I think we should trade back a few spots get an extra pick and get Xavier Mckinney and then trade up in the 2nd round to get our corner!!

  6. I think they should hope to find a tradeback partner around 21-25 either of McKinney,Fulton,Gladney should be there.With the added 3rd or so it would give them ammo to move down in the 2nd for the likes of Gladney,Winfield Jr or (Brace yourself) J Reagor from TCU .In the 3rd M Davidson from Auburn is an option i love don’t know if he will be there but let’s hope!

    • Moving down in the first for ammo I like that , moving down in the second , waiting an watching all the good players jump off the board , now we got two trade ups before my cowboys . Now it’s a big hole in the TV

    • Sorry , Mr Mitchell I guess that’s the reason why, we both are not GM’s .with McCarthy as the Coach and Scouts trying to give him what he needs to get use over the hump .is enough already to bear

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