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Will Cowboys Be Forced to “Reach” for a Cornerback in First Round?

With the 2020 Draft less than two weeks away, the top need seems clear. will play with the next season, and the Cowboys lacks a clear-cut number one on its defensive backfield. A top is needed to replace Jones, who's risen to the top tiers of the NFL in the last couple of seasons.

This year's cornerback class is fairly interesting. It's a crowded room, for sure. A lot of cornerbacks will be drafted in the first three rounds of this year's virtual Draft. However, the might not feature as many “worthy” prospects as one would imagine. Especially for pick #17.

However, can the Cowboys risk waiting until the to draft one?

Let's not underestimate how urgently the a cornerback. and have yet to prove they are reliable starters in the NFL and they're both set to hit in 2021. signed an extension in March, but he hasn't been consistent enough in the outside to consider playing him as a starter. Brown will likely compete for snaps as a nickel defender but nothing else.

The Cowboys don't need a rotational player or a solid contributor that can develop into a starter. No, they need a week 1 starter.

The ideal scenario for and Co. is finding C.J. Henderson on the board with the 17th pick. If the Florida prospect is still available, they'll have their guy. If he isn't, things can get complicated. Drafting a guy like Alabama's or TCU's will likely be considered a “reach.” Not by much, but the Cowboys could be passing on better players at other positions.

What if LSU's K'Lavon Chaisson is still there? What about addressing another position of need such as with Bama's ? Often, we discuss the BPA (Best Player Available) as the go-to strategy in the Draft for NFL teams.

But we know better, don't we? We're not so naive. We know teams don't follow this philosophy entirely and they're maybe right.

After all, what will the cornerback position in 2021 look like for Dallas if they don't draft one early this year?

If the Cowboys decide to wait until the second round, where they own pick #51, they'll be aiming at the likes of Utah's , LSU's Kristan Fulton, or Auburn's Noah Igbinnoghene. However, with so many cornerbacks projected as second-round prospects, a run at the position is likely to take place before Dallas as a say.

It all comes down to how much the Cowboys can afford to wait on drafting other positions versus waiting on a cornerback. At EDGE, they have and as they're still waiting to hear on a possible . At safety, they signed for insurance. and have us feeling good about the .

But cornerback? The Cowboys don't seem to have anything resembling a backup plan. Regardless of who's on the board at pick 17, the name they send in will likely be a cornerback. Even if it's considered a “reach.”

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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