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Heading Into 2020, Who’s The Cowboys Best Cornerback?

A year ago, the answer to this question was simple.

Byron Jones. Case closed.

But unfortunately for the Cowboys pass defense, Jones is off to Miami to play with the Dolphins, and the Dallas secondary is now the home of some new faces. Faces, of course, which include rookies Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson, as well as Daryl Worley and Maurice Canady.

But who is CB1? Who is the top dog in this relatively young and somewhat unproven cornerback room? DallasCowboys.com took to ranking them, with Jourdan Lewis coming out on top as the leader of the pack.

Lewis is likely the fan favorite of the bunch, and for some good reason. He’s been the playmaker of this group, even in limited time, and has a certain attitude about him that makes him an incredibly competitive player. Still, his 5’10” frame has brought questions to his game, fair or unfair.

Lewis’ fellow 2017 draft mate, Chidobe Awuzie, also has a claim for this top spot. After all, Awuzie has been the starting boundary corner opposite Byron Jones for the past two seasons. And despite the lack of turnovers, and some struggles overall with the ball in the air, there’s no denying Awuzie’s coverage ability.

You could also make a nice case for the veteran of this room, Anthony Brown. Brown missed seven games due to injury last season, but he’s been a consistent presence in the Dallas secondary since entering the league in 2016.

Yes, he had some up and down moments during his sophomore season, but Brown bounced back in a big way during his 2018 campaign. Despite what Cowboys fans want to believe, Anthony Brown beat out Jourdan Lewis for the starting slot cornerback job back to back offseasons. That means something.

As mentioned, the Cowboys also made a concerted effort to add external talent to their cornerback depth. Daryl Worley is a veteran who despite being traded from Carolina after just two seasons, became somewhat of a Pro Football Focus darling with the Raiders.

Speaking of PFF, newest Cowboy Maurice Canady has also earned PFF love during his limited stints with the Ravens and Jets.

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In 263 coverage snaps last season, new #Cowboys cornerback Maurice Canady allowed a meager 86.1 passer rating when targeted

Sensing a trend?

Alabama rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs is the wildcard in all of these preseason rankings. He has the ability to finish the 2020 season as the best Cowboys cornerback, but he also has flaws which could hold back during his rookie campaign.

With all that being said, here’s how I would rank the top five Cowboys cornerbacks heading into the 2020 season. Let me hear your list in the comment section below.

  1. Chidobe Awuzie
  2. Anthony Brown
  3. Jourdan Lewis
  4. Trevon Diggs
  5. Daryl Worley

Of course, this is subject to change once we finally get some actual football to watch.

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. Just to be clear, Anthony Brown only beat out Jourdan Lewis for the starting slot corner job cause Lewis was shorter!! Brown is not better than Lewis!! And Chido is definitely not better than Lewis!! Chido actually got benched for Lewis at one point cause Chido wasn’t so good at covering!! Chido gets beat too much, and he shouldn’t be a starter!! So from what I’ve seen from the top 5 corners you have my list would be….
    1.Jourdan Lewis
    2.Trevon Diggs
    3.Anthony Brown
    4.Daryl Worley
    5.Chidobe Awuzie
    But if I had to choose my top 5 they would be….
    1.Jourdan Lewis
    2.Trevon Diggs
    3.Reggie Robinson
    4 Anthony Brown
    5.Daryl Worley
    I think the two rookies will take over as the top outside corners of this team…. It mite take a little while because of this pandemic going on that’s keeping us from having our regular training camp and meetings and all that stuff, but once they get on the field they’ll take over!! I think Daryl Worley is a really good player too, he’s just had the bad luck of playing for bad coaches, so he mite have a shot at getting a starting job too, but if he does it’ll be where Chido use to play…. And if that’s happens it’ll take the spot away from Reggie Robinson, but Trevon Diggs will definitely be a starter for us on the other side of the field!! But who knows, maybe we’re both wrong…. We’ll just have to wait and see!!

    • I totally agree with you. Jourdan lewis is by far better than Anthony brown and neck and neck with chido when he actually turns his head to look for the ball. But I’d still put J-Lew ahead of him. Diggs will soon be CB1 before the years over with I believe. If cowboys let lewis walk in free agency it will be a big mistake. Esp since they signed brown and he’s a turd.

  2. I think Chido was picked on alot b/c Byron was a shutdown island so they had to throw it away from him. I think Chido will break out at either Corner or S. My top five CBs are:
    1. Chido Awuzie
    2. Jordan Lewis
    3. Trevon Diggs
    4. Anthony Brown
    5. Daryl Worley

  3. Hard to rate the rookies already. Many thought Diggs as the second best CB in the draft.

    Lewis
    Diggs
    Awuzie
    Brown
    Worley/Canady

    Worley (6’1″, 215 lbs) is also a Safety candidate.

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