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    Potential CB Prospects Dallas Cowboys Could Target in Each Round

    It has somewhat flown a little bit under the radar, but and Coach has been touring around the country working out several cornerbacks in this year's draft class. With and entering into the last year of their contracts, it wouldn't be all that surprising if the a CB at some point in the 2019 .

    With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the cornerbacks the Dallas Cowboys could target in each round in which they hold a draft pick. In order to keep it as realistic as possible I tried to narrow it down to the potential CB prospects that fit Richard's parameters. We all know he likes those tall, lengthy defensive backs and that's what I tried to focus on.

    Let's take a look…

    Second Round

    Joejuan Williams
    Vanderbilt CB Joejuan Williams

    Justin Layne, Michigan State

    Justin Layne was a four-star recruit coming at a high school, but ended up becoming a three-year starter on the other side of the ball at cornerback during his time at Michigan State. He has tremendous ball skills due to his background at receiver and has the size and length (6'1″, 192) Kris Richard covets in his defensive backs. He needs to continue to improve is overall technique, but he has Day 1 starting potential.

    Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt

    Joejuan Williams was a two-year starter during his time at Vanderbilt and primarily played press and off-man coverage. At just a smidge under 6'4″, Williams typically towers over the wide receivers he faces, which has allowed him to find success at this point because of his mere size and length. He has the skill set and athleticism to become an eventual starter in the NFL, but really needs to develop his mechanics and the mental side of his game a little more.

    Third Round

    Jamel Dean
    Auburn CB Jamel Dean

    Jamel Dean, Auburn

    After overcoming three major knee injuries earlier in his career, Jamel Dean eventually became a two-year starter to finish his career at Auburn. He has elite size (6'1″, 202), length (31 3/4″ arms), and speed (4.3 40-yard dash), but his durability is a red flag moving forward. He also needs to play with a little better mean streak, especially in press man coverage. The talent is there though and he has a chance to develop into a really good starting CB if he can stay healthy.

    Isaiah Johnson, Houston

    Isaiah Johnson is another player with elite size (6'2″, 208), length (33″ arms), and speed (4.4 40-yard dash) at the cornerback position and is someone Kris Richard has met with and worked out on a number of occasions. Johnson was a former three-star wide receiver recruit coming out high school before making the switch to CB his final year in Houston. He played mostly bail technique for the Cougars and is still really raw as a CB prospect, but he has immense upside. He will likely need a year or two to further develop his craft before he can be relied upon.

    Fourth Round

    Lonnie Johnson Jr.
    Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

    Lonnie Johnson Jr., Kentucky

    There are actually three Kentucky defensive backs the Dallas Cowboys could target, but Lonnie Johnson Jr. is the top-ranked prospect so far. He has the size, length the Cowboys are looking for, but he really needs to refine just about every aspect of his game before he's ready to compete at the next level. He has tremendous instincts which has gotten him to this point, but he's going to have to develop both technically and mentally if he wants to find any kind of success in the NFL. All of the tools are there though.

    Jordan Brown, South Dakota State

    Jordan Brown was a three-year starter at South Dakota State, playing primarily press and off-man coverage. He has the size, length to play as a boundary corner in the NFL, but only has average top end speed. He is a competitor with a scrappy mentality that unfortunately runs a little hot and cold at times. He plays with good balance when making his transitions, which allows him to stick with receivers. Overall, he is a solid developmental mid-round pick with starting upside.

    Fifth Round

    Michael Jackson
    Miami CB Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson, Miami

    Michael Jackson was a two-year starter at Miami on the right side, playing mostly press man. He is a good-sized athlete with the kind of length and athleticism Kris Richard is looking for in his cornerbacks, but he has shown a tendency to struggle against savvy route runners. He's not the most fluid of athletes and will struggle in his transitions, so he might fit best in a that plays a lot of zone or cover 2.

    Kris Boyd, Texas

    Kris Boyd was a three-your starter during his time in Texas and played on both the right and left side, often times shadowing the opposing team's best wide receiver. He plays with the desired competitive nature and checks all the boxes as far as size, speed, and athleticism are concerned for a starting caliber cornerback. But, he plays undisciplined and doesn't trust his eyes, often times causing him to arrive late with his reads. If he can become more disciplined he could be a steal this late in the draft.

    Seventh Round

    Chris Westry
    Kentucky CB (Photo By Donald Page)

    Chris Westry, Kentucky

    Chris Westry was a three-year starter at Kentucky, but gradually started to see his playing time decrease with the emergence of Lonnie Johnson Jr. and Derrick Baity Jr.. At 6'4″, 199 pounds and legitimate 4.35 speed, Westry has extremely rare size and speed for the cornerback position. Unfortunately, he is a better athlete than he is a football player right now and might be nothing more than a developmental project.

    Derrick Baity Jr., Kentucky

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    Derrick Baity Jr. worked his way into the starting lineup at Kentucky as a freshman and ended up becoming a four-year starter. He has excellent size for the position (6'2″, 197) and is light footed with good ball skills, but he doesn't play with the kind of physicality you'd think from my player his size. He is an untrustworthy tackler and undisciplined with his fundamentals. His size and ball skills should get him drafted, but he might be nothing more than a developmental project.

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    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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    DevilDog58

    Probably any CB we take is going to be a “work in progress”. But I think we should definitely avoid anyone who has an injury history ala Sean Lee. No matter how good someone is if they can’t stay on the field, they’re not going to help the D. The other thing I would avoid is a lack of speed. It’s the one thing that no amount of coaching can improve. I see some good later picks on here, guys whose technique isn’t solid but Richard can fix that. Same with poor tackling, as long as the player is willing to work and is coach-able. I hope we get a starting S & DT (as a rotational player) this year and some guys who can play and learn in spots to hopefully develop into a starter next year, although I’d hate to lose Byron Jones. We also have Jourdan who I know isn’t Richard’s type of DB but the guy can play. At the very least he can cover slot Receivers, although I think he would be fine against taller guys. So I’m not super concerned about this season at CB.

    Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

    Absolutely love Kris Boyd. I really want him on the Cowboys, I think he could replace either Brown or Jones, whoever ends up not getting the extension