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Cowboys Should Still go S Early in the Draft After Signing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

One of the biggest priorities for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, as it has been for quite a while now, is upgrading the safety position. Unlike in years past, they quickly jumped on the opportunity to address this need in free agency and added veteran Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on a one-year deal.

This was a significant signing for several reasons. First, it gives the Cowboys an instant upgrade over long-time starter Jeff Heath after he signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. Clinton-Dix provides the organization with its potential starter opposite Free Safety Xavier Woods in 2020 and possibly going forward. He’s only 27 years old so there’s still plenty of football left in him, and if he performs well, the Cowboys could have a valuable piece in their secondary far beyond this upcoming season if he’s brought back.

Even with this being true the Cowboys can’t move forward thinking they have the safety position taken care of. As mentioned earlier, Clinton-Dix is on a one-year deal so that alone doesn’t provide any stability beyond 2020, especially if the experiment backfires. The smart thing to do would be to add another safety in the draft to go along with Clinton-Dix, and there are some very good ones in this year’s class to choose from.

Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Delpit is the top safety on most draft boards. Not only does he possess the skill set to cover a wide range of different types of receivers but his 6’2 213-pound frame allows him to be physical in coverage against tight ends. He performs well in man or zone coverage and is willing to play in the box and provide run support when needed. His speed allows him to make plays screens and set the edge in the backfield.

Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

At 6’1 200 pounds, McKinney has the size you want at safety. His speed allows him to cover speedy receivers deep. You can slide him inside to cover slot receivers, much like the skill set of safety Donovan Wilson the Cowboys drafted in the sixth round in last year’s draft out of Texas A&M. He’s shown the ability to cause turnovers with five interceptions and six forced fumbles, which is something the Cowboys defense has lacked for quite some time.

Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois 

Chinn is a large safety at 6’3 221 pounds. He’s extremely athletic for his size as he produced an 11’6″ broad jump and an amazing 41-inch vertical in Indianapolis. He ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash which is impressive for a man carrying his frame. He plays a very physical style not only against the pass but the run as well. Maybe his most impressive attribute is his ball skills, as evident by his 13 career interceptions and six forced fumbles in college.

Those aren’t the only safeties to keep an eye on for the Cowboys. Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Kyle Dugger, and Georgia’s J.R. Reed are players to remember also. It’s a very solid safety class in 2020 and the Cowboys would be foolish not to add one.

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. If Kinlaw, Chaisson, and Henderson are gone by 17, I would trade down to mid 20s and take McKinney, Delpit, Fulton, Gross-Matos or Baun. If no S in round 1 you can get Winfield, Dugger, Chinn or Davis in rd 2 or 3.

  2. Trading down is taking a lesser talent. Unless someone falls in the teams opinion. And then if a player falls he usually has red flags. I say take the best player available. Who knows maybe one of those amazing receivers will be left. Judy or Lamb might be at that spot. The draft is stacked with WR’s. But, those guys are top ten talents in any draft. The Cowboys need a slot receiver now that Cobb is gone. I’ll take the game changer instead of trading back.

  3. In all honesty is CJ Henderson is not available, trade back. By trading back you can still grab a S or CB in the late first/early second while obtaining extra picks as well. WR isn’t our number one need. We will for sure need to draft one but DB whether it is a safety or corner should be our first pick. Id go CB with our first then S or DT, especially since Gregory may be reinstated that can help us out big time. We also need to address OL in this draft if we do not make any more moves in FA. With our line getting injured in the past few seasons and Travis retiring, we are playing with fire.

  4. With the recent additions of DT Poe, TE Bell, and Frederick retiring, the Cowboys draft priorities have morphed a little more again.

    CJ Henderson CB, FL
    Jeremy Chinn S, So IL
    Darrell Taylor DE, TN
    Tyler Biadasz C, WI
    Devin Duvernay WR, TX
    Jacob Phillips LB, LSU
    Reggie Robinson CB, Tulsa

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