It doesn’t matter what the Dallas Cowboys do the rest of this offseason, nothing will top them signing Dak Prescott to a four-year, $160 million deal that keeps him in Dallas and gives him comfort and assurance without having to play on another franchise tag deal.
The Cowboys have checked the box at quarterback and pending that he’s able to make a full comeback from his gruesome injury a year ago, Dallas doesn’t have to worry about the most important position in the NFL. But, there is still one glaring need that this roster needs serious help with.
Trevon Diggs came on in the late stages of the 2020 season. The second-round pick in 2020 out of Alabama looked lost in his early action on the field but found his footing as the season progressed on. While the expectations are high that Diggs will continue to evolve and become a solid cornerback, there’s no guarantee.
Dallas also went out and resigned cornerback Jourdan Lewis, bringing back a familiar face that has contributed to the secondary for a few years now.
This is fine but the Cowboys can not go into 2021 relying on Diggs and Lewis to be the torch carriers at cornerback and them only. Chidobe Awuzie is gone, having signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. So while Cowboys fans can take a sigh of relief knowing Lewis is back, Awuzie is gone, so it wasn’t exactly a win-win for Dallas.
Richard Sherman and Casey Hayward are still on the market, as are other good cornerback names that still have value but, there haven’t been many links to the Cowboys and any other cornerbacks in free agency. This would then point in the direction of the NFL Draft.
The Cowboys hold the number 10 overall pick in this years draft and there are a couple of cornerbacks worthy of being picked right around the spot including Patrick Surtain II, Caleb Farley or Asante Samuel Jr.
While it’s very possible the Cowboys could go another direction at a different position like defensive tackle or safety, any of those three corners listed about could be ready from the jump to start instantly for Dallas and at minimum, have some sort of contributing role from week 1 moving forward.
The NFL has shifted into a league over recent years where teams like to spread you out more and make life stressful on your secondary. What’s helped hide some of the depth issues defensively for Dallas in recent season is the division they play in. Washington has had a revolving door at quarterback, the last few years of Eli Manning weren’t pretty in New York and the first couple for Daniel Jones have been less than stellar.
The alarming part with Dallas and their need for cornerback is not only do they need starting level talent, they just need depth in general. There aren’t too many corners even on the roster right now in Dallas. So it projects to be a spot they attack early and attack more than once in the NFL Draft if they don’t address it in free agency.
There are many things to be excited about with Dallas most notably that Dak Prescott’s future is now cemented in as a Cowboy. The attention now needs to shift to the defensive side of the ball and primarily, the cornerback position.