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Ohio State CB Damon Arnette Could be a Round 2 Steal for Cowboys

In a passing league, you can never have too many cornerbacks. The Dallas Cowboys find themselves in an interesting situation this offseason with a few corners set to hit free agency as unrestricted free agents, Bryon Jones, and Anthony Brown. The former will command top dollar on the open and may price himself out of Dallas, while the latter could see himself return being that his price tag wouldn’t be high.

This uncertainty makes the corner position one to keep an eye on early in April’s NFL Draft. There have been reports that the Cowboys could double-dip in the secondary in the first two rounds, with safety likely being the first pick if true. In round two, however, there’s an interesting name to watch that could be available if the Cowboys want to add another piece at cornerback, Ohio State’s Damon Arnette.

After he redshirted his freshman year in 2015, Arnette was a reserve defensive back a year later racking up 21 tackles and an interception in 13 games played. As a redshirt sophomore, he would start in 12 of the Buckeyes 14 games and end the season with 44 tackles, eight passes defended, two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. His redshirt junior season was another good one with 40 tackles, six passes defended, and an interception. Last season, Arnette appeared in 11 games and had the best season of his college career. He would finish with 35 tackles, eight passes defended, a forced fumble, and an interception that he took 96 yards for a score.

Ohio State CB Damon Arnette Could be a Round 2 Steal for Cowboys 1

What makes last season more impressive for Arnette is that he did it while playing with a broken wrist, that he himself didn’t know about until after the third week of the season when he had an MRI done. He suffered the injury during a preseason practice when he tried to punch the ball out of his teammate J.K. Dobbins’s hands and his wrist was bent backward.

Watch “Damon Arnette | 2019 Ohio State Highlights” on YouTube

Arnette is a natural cover corner with the speed and size you want at 6’0 195 pounds. He’s very versatile, showing the ability to play on the outside and in the slot. Physicality is also a part of his game when you watch his tape. He’s a willing run defender and has good ball skills.

Projections on Arnette have him being selected anywhere from late in the first round to an early third-rounder (mainly because of character concerns). He’s a very talented player with a huge upside and a name to keep an eye on in April.

What do you think?

Matthew Lenix

Written by Matthew Lenix

I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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    • We need help on the defense more than we need help at WR!! Idk why people wanna waste early round picks on positions that we don’t need!! Our first 3 rounds need to be S, CB and DT!! And maybe another CB or S in the 4th!! WR and LB are not that big of a need for us to waste early round picks on!!

  1. I wrote about the Cowboys getting a WR in round 2 last week, it was about Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk, Jalen Reagor is definitely another possibility. I do believe the Cowboys will add a LB but not in round 2

  2. Arnette was a rock solid player on the opposite side of the field from okudah which u know QB’s were hesitant to throw to his side. So Arnette would get thrown to aittle more often but rarely got beat. And yes playing with a broken wrist all year and a big ol cast on one hand. It looked funny but he made it work. And I’m not real sure about the character concerns. This is the first I’ve heard of that.

  3. I think the Cowboys should sign a veteran safety and DT in free agency that way they want reach for a player in the draft,they could trade back in the first round picking up an extra 2nd and 4th round picks,so they can draft extra players that can be groomed to replace players they will lose in future free agency,players salaries are increasing and you will lose some of your stars,so you better position your team to stay afloat.

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