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    Dallas Cowboys 2019 Draft Needs: Cornerback

    The already have a lot of young talent at the cornerback position. But with two key players close to , it's an area where they could still consider adding a player in next week's 2019 .

    Dallas has assembled a solid group at corner with the use of several higher draft picks in recent years. They spent a first on in 2015 and then their second and third picks in 2017 on and .

    Also in the mix is , a sixth-round pick in 2016 who has proven to be a true steal. At this point, one could argue that he is tied with Awuzie's as the team's second-best CB behind Jones.

    Unfortunately, those affordable rookie contracts don't last forever. Byron's has already expired; he's currently set to play 2019 under the fifth-year option. Brown's rookie deal expires this season, meaning both players could be unrestricted in 2020.

    The Cowboys have already expressed interest in re- Byron Jones to an extension, and they should after his season last year. But a big contract for Byron means less money for the other guys, who will all be looking for new deals over the next two offseasons.

    That said, these are situations that the Cowboys can resolve in other ways between now and 2021. There's no real pressure to add more CB talent now given the timetable.

    A far more significant factor is the way that Jourdan Lewis appears to currently fit into Dallas' scheme.

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    After an impressive rookie season, Lewis surprisingly slid down the last year. He was the team's fourth CB, only appearing on 18% of Dallas' total defensive snaps. The other three players we've mentioned were all at 67% or higher.

    One key reason for this may have been the arrival of as Coach. He brought a new philosophy about the size and playing style of cornerbacks which Lewis doesn't seem to fit.

    Even if Jourdan isn't valued much in Dallas anymore, he could still have worth elsewhere in the league. After all, Lewis was considered a potential first-round talent in 2017 but slid to the third after some concerns over legal issues.

    With two years left on a cheap rookie deal, Lewis could be very attractive to other teams in a potential . If the Cowboys did move him, that would open the door for them to spend a pick this year on a new CB prospect.

    That doesn't mean Dallas would spend a high pick at corner. After all, they still have their top three in place for this season. Plus, as we've seen recently with Brown and , the Cowboys have been able to find solid defensive backs in the later rounds of the draft.

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    That gives us an “If… Then…” situation when it comes to cornerback and this 2019 draft. If the Cowboys stick with Jourdan Lewis then I could see them not draft any corners, or at least waiting until the late rounds for some intriguing developmental prospect.

    But if they do trade Lewis away, Dallas could spent as high as a fourth or fifth-round pick to help fill the depth chart and hopefully prepare for the upcoming free agency of their current players.

    So, that leave us with two probability scenarios:

    If Jourdan Lewis stays…

    Draft Likelihood: 20%
    Projected Round: *6th-7th

    * The Cowboys don't currently have a 6th-round pick, but could acquire one in a potential trade.

    If Jourdan Lewis gets traded…

    Draft Likelihood: 70%
    Projected Round: *4th-5th

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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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    DevilDog58

    Or maybe they could package Jourdan and their 2nd round pick to move up in the draft to get the best S on their board. I think a lot of these S are going to start flying off the board in the 2nd round so one that the brain trust wants may not be there at 58. Personally, I wish Richard were a little more flexible about his players. I have never liked it when a coach won’t use a talented player just because he doesn’t fit into the coach’s mold of what he wants his position players to be. Lewis has shown he can play and play well and there have been quite a few players who didn’t have the height of what many coaches felt were needed like at QB. That’s finally changed and for CB, I remember a guy who played for the Skins for years who wasn’t tall but could cover much taller WR. Sometimes a coach needs to use the talent he already has. Slot receivers are typically short, anyway.

    Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

    One of my pet cats in this draft is Kris Boyd. I think he could replace Brown, who deserves, but won’t get from us, a new contract