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Safety Xavier Woods Provides Incredible Value For a 6th Rd. Pick (FIlm Review)

After already drafting two cornerbacks on day two, the Cowboys looked to add depth at on day three. And when the opportunity to up to steal what should have been a safety in the presented itself, the Cowboys had no choice but to do it.

Giving up next year's fifth round pick to the in order to move up in this year's sixth, the Cowboys used this draft pick to snag Louisiana Tech safety .

Like Colorado's , Woods is a versatile player which was used in a bunch of different roles while in college. Playing in the slot, on the outside, in the box as a safety, and over the top as the single high safety, Xavier Woods was La Tech's own Swiss-Army Knife.

Not only did he play in all those roles, he excelled in them as well.

Here we see Woods in man coverage on the far hash. Maintaining inside leverage throughout the entire route, Woods sticks to the receiver's back hip and stays in good position. Letting the 's eyes take him to the ball, Woods jumps on the route and comes away with the interception.

Normally when safeties come down to play in man coverage against receivers, they tend to look awkward or out of place. Woods, on the other hand, looks rather comfortable doing so. With the ability to against tight ends and both X and Z wide-outs, Wood's versatility certainly made him attractive to the Cowboys.

Where Xavier Woods is at his best, however, is in the true role. When allowed to play safety and read his keys in front of him, Woods does a nice job of filling his run fits, playing physical, and making tackles.

A rather sure-tackler, Xavier Woods will be a nice change-up from other Cowboys safeties in past years, such as JJ Wilcox. Still, like Wilcox, Woods could improve his angles when coming downhill to make tackles.

Here we see Woods as a box safety, another role which he filled during his collegiate career. Woods quickly diagnoses the run play, reading his keys and scraping over top of the formation. Then, he comes up-field, breaks down, and makes the .

At times, I would like see Woods break down before tackling more often. While he is a physical thumper, and a pretty sure-tackler, his fundamentals could use some work.

The last clip features Xavier Woods as the single high safety, ironically, against . Sensing pressure, Prescott lobs the ball out for his down the seam. Unfortunately for him, Xavier Woods is lurking over the top ready to deliver a blow.

Woods' closing speed and physicality flash on tape, especially on plays such as these. In the same game, Woods came from over the top and forced a fumble near the sidelines by punching the ball out while tackling. This awareness and football IQ is highly impressive, especially for a sixth round pick.

Of course, Xavier Woods is not without his flaws. Not a twitchy athlete, Woods sometimes struggles with faster receivers when trying to mirror them down the field. Also, if he gets beat off the line of scrimmage, he tends to have trouble recovering on speed alone.

All in all, Xavier Woods was an incredible value pick in the sixth round. From day one he will have a chance to compete with both and for the starting safety job opposite .

Whether he wins that competition or not, the Cowboys found a good player and a contributor in the sixth round of the in Xavier Woods.

Kevin Brady
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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John Williams

I really liked his ability to trust that his safety help was there on the first play you showed. Was all over the receiver and in all honesty, the QB shouldn’t have thrown that ball. There was really no where to go with it unless you put it up and away from the covering defender. Woods does a nice job positionally giving himself a chance to undercut the route and go get the ball.

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