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Jalen Pitre Could Be an Option for Dallas in Day 2 of the NFL Draft

The always seem to have a hole at safety. Unfortunately for them, there’s no safety worth taking at pick No. 24. Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton will undoubtedly be gone, and better prospects will be available when Dallas picks. However, plenty of talent will be available on day two of the NFL Draft.

One that stands out is Baylor’s Jalen Pitre. Pitre, the 2021 Big 12 , is a dynamic and versatile playmaker who brings a lot to the table. He was vital to the Bears’ defensive success last season and led all with 47 stops. Pitre’s safety position is just a formality, as he played many positions at Baylor. You can find Pitre rushing off the , lining up as a slot and playing in the box in addition to his safety role. He’s a true hybrid player; one defensive coordinators will love to have at their disposal.

Pitre weighs 197 pounds but exhibits physicality like a 240-pound . He’s willing to take on larger players and often beats them to make a play in the backfield or in space. He’s a sturdy tackler who defends the run beautifully. Pitre is also very athletic, combining excellent pursuit skills with great coverage ability between the sticks.

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Pitre’s ball skills are top-notch, too. At the , he covered many deep routes, something he didn’t often do at Baylor. Despite this, Pitre performed well, showing that he could excel anywhere on the field. He thrives in contested catch situations, using his physicalness and instincts to locate and wrestle the ball away from the receiver. He’s intelligent, athletic, instinctive and aggressive, all skills that should translate well at the next level. His abilities stand out as well, and he can be a great signal-caller for any .

How does Pitre fit with the Cowboys? He can be anything you want him to be. Due to his size, Pitre will most likely play safety or slot cornerback in the NFL, meaning he’ll be in coverage way more than in college. With and potentially departing, Dallas will need all kinds of safeties next season. is also entering the final year of his contract and has had problems staying healthy. Pitre plays his best as a box safety and run defender, but you can use him in various ways. If the Cowboys choose to pick a safety in rounds two or three, Pitre will likely be available. If selected, he will not disappoint.

What do you think?

Nick Coppola

Written by Nick Coppola

Student at the University of Oklahoma. Reporter for OU Daily. Junior Writer for Inside The Star. Contributor for Guns Up Nation.

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  1. Why draft him in the 2nd round when we have a player that already does exactly what he does in Jayron Kearse!? Everything you said Pitre excels at, is exactly what Kearse excels at!! So it’s a no for me…. And I’m pretty sure it’s a no for this front office too!! And another thing is, Hooker just signed a 2 year contract, so he not going anywhere!! So our starters will be Kearse and Hooker with Wilson and Mukuamu as the backups!! So we don’t need to draft a safety….. At least not that high!!

    • He’s really not a big need until Hooker and Wilson get hurt, which is very likely considering their history. That being said the kid is an absolute stud who is physical and can cover all over the field. I would absolutely jump on this pick in the second round IF they address the O line in the first. That being said, we all know Baby Nuts Jones just does not put a priority on the safety position since the Ken Hamlin days.

  2. Pretty sure Hooker signed a two-year contract last month with the Cowboys. Starters are Kearse and Wilson, backed by Hooker, Mukuamu, and Coyle. Pretty solid if Wilson can stay on the field.
    Pitre is a nice prospect, but they should go D and O lines on day one and day two, IMO

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