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Don’t Forget About S Israel Mukuamu in 2022 Roster Talk

goes mostly unmentioned these days in talk about the Cowboys' 2022 roster. But with his size and versatility, the second-year prospect shouldn't be slept on as a potential contributor for Dallas next season.

A 6th-round pick in last year's draft, Mukuamu spent most of his rookie season as a gameday inactive behind more experienced veterans. Israel only dressed for four games in 2021 thanks to having , , , and all ahead of him on the .

The Cowboys thought enough of Mukuamu to carry him on the roster despite the lack of usage, protecting his rights to avoid a poaching. Their decision speaks to perceived potential in the 22-year-old and why he could be a factor in his second season.

Billed at 6'4″ and with collegiate experience both at and , Israel brings intriguing qualities to the safety competition. He displayed that versatility during the as Dallas deployed him all over the field; multiple snaps in both safety role and even playing slot cornerback.

In case you've forgotten, Mukuamu was actually one of the Cowboys' standout last August. He registered the only interception of the , tied for the team lead in pass deflections, and was third in tackles.

There's still plenty of raw to work out of Israel's game. Guys with his size don't fall to Day 3 without reason and Mukuamu needed a lot of technical improvement to avoid coverage breakdowns and in the NFL.

If he has elevated his game then Mukuamu should be very competitive for a roster spot in 2022. Damontae Kazee is gone and Donovan Wilson, now 27 years old, needs to be exceptional this summer to motivate Dallas to keep him around.

A new challenger in the safety mix is rookie . He's building a following early in his Cowboys career as one of the most-hyped UDFAs and with some play-making during the recent practices.

But with Bell seen as more of a hybrid and prospect, Mukuamu's ability to play and corner gives him a different niche. One could see both youngsters making the roster and either pushing Wilson out or forcing Dalas to again keep five safeties.

Time will tell if Israel Mukuamu has improved enough to stick around. But if he's refined his skills from last August, the second-year prospect could become a real factor for the 2022 .

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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Jasper J

Agreed. Mukuamu showed enough potential last preseason to stay on the roster. We should expect him to provide significant competition with Wilson for game day roster spot and playing. Since he was a draft pick, I suspect he will win any tie breakers with any of the UDFA safeties from last year or this year as long as he has progressed in technique, mastery of the defense, and stays healthy.

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