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Pro Football Focus Names CB Chidobe Awuzie 42nd Best Free Agent

The is full of holes, this much was clear in 2020. But their young cornerbacks actually brought bright spots to an otherwise putrid unit.

, for example, shined at times, giving the fanbase hope for a better defensive future in Dallas.

Similarly, cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, when healthy, was often one of those bright spots. If for no other reason than he’s a competent player, something the unit seemed to lack in for much of the season.

Awuzie, a former pick by the , now enters unrestricted this Spring, and his future seems a bit murky. Dallas should look to retain him, especially considering how badly they need experience and athleticism on the outside.

But they could also very well be looking at ’s looming deal, and a potential deal with next , as financial hinders to keeping Awuzie around. The Cowboys also hold a top ten pick in the , and are being linked to every high profile cornerback prospect.

Either way, others around the league will certainly covet Chidobe Awuzie in the open market. Pro ranked the available heading into the offseason, slotting Chidobe 42nd overall.

“After earning a coverage grade that ranks right in the middle of the league’s corners since 2017, Awuzie epitomizes the league-average cornerback. He’s done his best work in zone coverage, ranking in the 61st percentile in PFF grade, but he’s in just the 35th percentile in single coverage. That matches our of Awuzie coming out of college, where he looked like an excellent fit in a zone scheme, and that’s likely his best bet once again as he hits free agency.”

PFF’s analysis on Awuzie seems fair. He’s been about an average cornerback, but there’s also value in being average at such an important position. For a while Awuzie seemed to always be in great coverage position but lacked the ball skills to make plays or break up passes. We thought this may change in the new defensive philosophy in 2020, but for the most part it didn’t.

PFF predicts that Chidobe Awuzie will remain in Dallas on a three year deal, and personally I’d think this is the best case scenario.

Retain Chidobe Awuzie, develop Trevon Diggs, and add a legitimate CB1 through the . This is the way.

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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. I agree we should keep Chido, but only if the contract is cheap!! And I don’t think he should be a starter either!! I think we need to draft Patrick Surtain or Caleb Farley in the 1st round and have one of them and Trevon Diggs as the starters on the outside and just use Chido as a backup/rotational piece!! I like Chido, but not enough to trust him as the CB1/CB2, or enough to pass up on Patrick Surtain or Caleb Farley!!

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