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Cowboys Draft: Three Remaining Targets For Round Two

The Dallas Cowboys hit an absolute home run with their first round pick last night, landing dynamic Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb.

Lamb might be the best wide out in the entire draft class, and the Cowboys now have put together arguably the most explosive offense (on paper) in the NFL.

So what’s next?

Dallas still has holes on their defense which need addressing, but the names remaining on the board heading into round two tonight are promising. Here are three dream scenarios for the Cowboys 51st overall pick.

Alabama Safety Xavier McKinney

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Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Xavier McKinney (15) reacts against the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

I would’ve been good with the Cowboys taking McKinney in the first round, so you better believe I’ll be jumping for joy if they land him in the second round.

McKinney may not become an elite NFL safety like we’ve seen out of Alabama in recent years (Minkah Fitzpatrick and Eddie Jackson, to name a few), but he can step right in and be a starter on the Cowboys defense.

He can be moved around all over a defense, filling a multitude of roles in a secondary which could use the versatility.

Alabama Cornerback Trevon Diggs

If Xavier McKinney is taken by the time the Cowboys get on the clock tonight, his secondary-mate from Alabama would be a solid choice.

Trevon Diggs hasn’t been a defense-only player for very long, switching full-time to cornerback in 2017. But at 6’2″ 207 pounds, Diggs has the size and strength to play boundary corner at the next level.

Similar to our next prospect, though, Diggs’ tackling remains a concern heading into the NFL Draft.

LSU Safety Grant DelpitIs LSU's Grant Delpit the Answer at S?

Similar to McKinney, Grant Delpit would’ve been a decent pick 17th overall – but he’d be another home run if taken in the second round. Delpit’s tackling problems are real, but his abilities in both man and zone coverage as well as his overall range give him real upside at free safety.

The Cowboys tried to address the safety position with Haha Clinton-Dix during free agency, but Delpit would give them a longterm solution to a position they haven’t treated with much care in the past.

What do you think?

Kevin Brady

Written by 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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  1. I really don’t think McKinney will be there at 51, but Diggs and Delpit are 50-50. So what position is more in need, I think CB, IMHO. So Diggs would be the pick if there. CB Backup plan, maybe K Fulton, J Johnson. Safety backup plan, J Chinn, A Winfield, A Davis. Now, if Yetur Gross-Matos somehow falls to them, would you hesitate?

  2. Why do you want McKinney? He ran a slow 4.63 at the combine. Conversely, Delpit ran a 4.39 at the makeshift pro day in April. Oh, and just saying, Delpit was a team captain, All American, Jim Thorpe award winner as the nation’s best DB. No one ever mentions that Delpit suffered through an injury plagued season with both shoulder and ankle injuries. All anyone says is that Delpit had problems making tackles. Delpit would be a home run. McKinney would be a mistake. As for Diggs, did you see the LSU vs Alabama game? All Diggs did that day was grab and hold and try to avoid making any tackles. Please don’t draft Diggs.

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