The Dallas Cowboys used this past draft to fill holes in the secondary, especially at the position where they seemed to be the most vulnerable in 2016.
With the loss of Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr, the Cowboys were going to attack the cornerback market in this past April’s draft, but they did more than just that when it was all said and done. Dallas took three cornerbacks in the 2017 draft and all three of them are capable of starting for this football team in 2017.
All the attention is going towards second-round pick Chidobe Awuzie and third-round selection Jourdan Lewis. That is all fine being that both players were taken in the early rounds of the draft, but let’s not forget about the third cornerback in the 2017 draft class, Marquez White.
Per all22.com, the Cowboys told their rookies this past weekend at the rookie mini-camp to not pay attention at the position in which they were drafted. That message had to mean a lot to White, who was the third CB to be taken behind Colorado’s Awuzie and Michigan’s Lewis.
“We just have to come in and be ready to play,” White said, according to the team’s official website. “Whenever your name’s called, you just have to be ready to produce. That’s the biggest thing at this level.”
— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) May 18, 2017
Had a good visit with Chido Awuzie today. Very intense guy who believes he can play anywhere. Also good hoops talk w/ CB Marquez White.
— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) May 13, 2017
The former Florida State standout has tremendous size at 6-foot-1. He is capable of staying with the bigger wide receivers in the league with his size alone, but he also carries the talent as well. As it was seen throughout the draft, White was a steal for this team as they got a player in a later round than some had listed him prior to the draft in April.
There has been no secret that the Cowboys felt the secondary was one of the biggest weaknesses on this football team heading into the 2017 off-season, this draft proves it. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a secondary in Dallas not only be successful, but become one of the youngest in the league.
With Anthony Brown and these three rookies, we might see a starting trio of corners in Dallas with less than a handful of career starts in the NFL combined!