The Dallas Cowboys are hopeful that their second-round pick last year will be a star in this league.
If his rookie season has anything to do with it, Chidobe Awuzie proved he has plenty of talent to make it in this league!
As a second-round selection in last year’s draft, Dallas had expected Awuzie to have an immediate impact. That was not in the cards as he suffered a hamstring injury early in training camp. He would re-injure it early in the regular season, along with an ankle injury that he suffered in week one.
Once healthy, Awuzie proved his stay in the starting secondary is guaranteed. When healthy, Awuzie was one of the team’s better cornerbacks, if not the best.
It was his versatility that really impressed the Cowboys when they drafted Awuzie. As a rookie, he didn’t disappoint, but needs to stay healthy for that to work.
According to Pro Football Focus, the young cornerback set a record for fewest yards allowed per coverage snap in 2017. Awuzie gave up 0.69 yards per coverage snap. His play as a rookie beat out a pair of Atlanta Falcons from the past, Brian Pool (0.80) and Chevis Jackson (0.81). That was a pretty big difference, proving that Awuzie has a chance at elite with his play as a rookie.
The Cowboys have a very young secondary. Just because you have played many years doesn’t guarantee your talent in the league. Players like Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown might not have the most experience in the secondary, but you can’t take away their athleticism and upside.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 23, 2018
If they stay healthy, this might become one of the better groups in the league. It might be more about getting time on the field than anything else with this group. To add to the competition at CB, Dallas is looking to move safety, Byron Jones to CB.
Jones was originally drafted as a CB, but the Cowboys moved him to safety, hoping he could become that play maker on the back end of their defense. Despite not having the success at safety, Jones is still a difference maker for this defense. It’s a matter of finding the right position for him.
Do you think Awuzie will end up being the star that many feel he has the potential for?