Should Cowboys Regret How They’ve Handled The Safety Position?

    Over the last few offseasons the have made the conscious decision to overhaul and rebuild their . They've drafted young pass rushers, linebackers, and cornerbacks within the first two rounds of the draft on multiple occasions and have begun to put together their version of “Doomsday.”

    The one position on their defense they have sort of ignored during the early rounds of drafts, however, is . Sure, former pick served time at safety over the last couple of seasons, but he has now moved to full time.

    Their “failure” to address the safety position during the draft is now being noticed nationally, and the team is facing some heat for these decisions. Maurice Moton of Bleacher wrote an article this week listing each team's biggest regret of the 2018 offseason.

    For the Cowboys, Moton named “not drafting a safety” as regret number one.

    “If the Cowboys for (Earl) Thomas, all is forgiven. Until then, it's inexplicable to ignore a need throughout the draft when a solid prospect falls to Day 3.” – Maurice Moton

    There's no doubt that the Cowboys currently lack star power at the safety position, but I am still of the belief they can do more than just “survive” at safety with their current roster. has been a solid contributor for a few years now and flashed on occasion towards the end of 2017. And, despite not being a top 100 pick, can be a stud.

    A versatile defensive weapon, Woods can play in a single-high role as the “centerfielder” if necessary. Woods showed enough during his rookie year to make the Cowboys believe in him going forward, allowing them to sit back and not make any rash decisions during the draft or .

    Sure, I would've liked to see the Cowboys add some more talent to their safety group, but I certainly don't believe it's a bad group whatsoever. For the right price a like would have been a nice pick up, but I don't fault the Cowboys for believing in their young guys either.

    Plus, there's still a chance that ends up in Dallas, which would make all of these arguments irrelevant regardless.

    In the end, we are going to see just how good or bad Xavier Woods and company perform this season, and we will know pretty quickly just how much regret the Cowboys should have for passing on safeties during the .

    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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    They have mishandled more than just the safety position. They really need to realize that Rico gathers is not going to be much of a blocker, so put him in let him run some routes and catch some balls. Coaching staff needs to realize what they have in their players and change some of these play calls! Dak has not really looked good in training camp with same hi and low passes from last season. Gonna be a long season!

    Chet Horton

    No not at all. They have done a great job handling the roster this year. One area I think they are missing on is not cutting Rico. I think Safety will be a strength and it isn’t worth selling the farm to get an all pro safety when Heath and Woods will do a very good job this year. PFF has Heath rated as an above average safety, with higher ratings than Woods or Jones.