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Has Donovan Olumba Earned The Final Cornerback Spot?

Heading into the final week of the , many anticipated that the Cowboys was just about set. Of course, we all know the locks at the top of the roster, but corner seemed to have earned the final spot.

Then, surprisingly, the Cowboys decided to deal Ward to the in an effort to bring in some more depth. This move makes a ton of sense, especially considering the across the Cowboys offensive line, but it did open up a roster spot in this cornerback group.

That final spot is coming down to three corners in particular: , Duke Thomas, and . And while it feels like Thomas has been around the Cowboys forever, and Marquez White is a former pick by Dallas just one year ago, it's Olumba who has earned that roster spot this preseason.

During the preseason finale against the , Donovan Olumba seized his opportunity. The former showed off his length and athleticism, and displayed just why he fits the mold which targets in his players.

As mentioned by Bobby Belt, Olumba finished the preseason tied for first in most pass breakups on the team. Tied, of course, with arguably the best cornerback on the roster, second year player Chidobe Awuzie.

Donovan Olumba uses all of his 6'2″ frame in coverage, and is aggressive enough when breaking on routes to make plays on the ball. He plays with a toughness which Kris Richard values highly in cornerbacks, and has the strength and length to keep up with wide outs throughout their routes. Of course, he isn't going to be a number one corner any time soon but Olumba has certainly proved he's deserving of that last cornerback spot.

In the past the Cowboys have struggled to find with these skills, but as of late they have put a premium on finding corners who play aggressively and look to get their hands on the ball.

It looks like this emphasis is paying off all across the , from the very top of the corner depth chart to the very bottom.

Kevin Brady
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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