The Dallas Cowboys hope that the 2017 season was just the beginning with their young secondary.
The Cowboys struggled as a team in 2017, but one of the bright spots appeared to the be the young secondary!
Dallas used four picks in the 2017 draft on players to help this secondary. They drafted three cornerbacks (Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Marquez White) and a safety (Xavier Woods). Three of those four players had an impact as a rookie, with White being the lone player to not get time on the field.
Woods is a player that has huge upside, but every team passed on him for multiple rounds. He has no idea why he was still on the board come the sixth round (via Jon Machota).
When asked about why he last so long, Woods didn’t know why he last that long in the draft.
“To be honest, I have no idea, and it don’t matter to me.”
It didn’t take long for Woods to make his impact on this team. He turned a lot of heads early on in his career with the Cowboys. During his first training camp and preseason, Woods showed his skills on the field. That moved to the regular season as he began to really show how he can help this defense.
The rookie class of 2017 hopes to have a big impact moving forward!
Woods didn’t begin the season as a starter, but as the season moved along, he forced his way on the field. Woods, along with Awuzie and Lewis proved with their play that they need to be on the field more often in 2018.
Xavier Woods asked on conference call why he fell into the sixth round: "To be honest, I have no idea, and it don't matter to me."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 29, 2017
Xavier Woods needs to be a starter. pic.twitter.com/WWYeFBlxNN
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) October 2, 2017
The Cowboys have an interesting decision if Earl Thomas is going to be available thru trade. He made it clear to the Cowboys coaching staff that he wanted to be a Cowboys. His veteran leadership would be a huge benefit for a young group in the secondary. However, if he is brought to Dallas, it would take snaps away from Woods and Kavon Frazier. Both players are set up to be the long-term option at safety moving forward, but that depends on what happens with Thomas.
Woods or Awuzie, who has the bigger impact for this defense moving forward?