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How Sixth-Round Pick Xavier Woods Helps The Cowboys’ Safety Depth
FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys traded next year’s fifth-round pick to the New York Jets to take Louisiana Tech safety Xavier Woods at No. 191 in the sixth round. A full breakdown:
Name: Xavier Woods
College: Louisiana Tech
The Rundown: Woods started all four years at Louisiana Tech with 14 career interceptions and six forced fumbles. As a sophomore in 2014, he set a Bulldogs record with 230 return yards on six interceptions, including a 46-yard return for a touchdown.
How He Fits In: Safety depth became a primary draft need after the Cowboys let two veterans, starter Barry Church and primary backup J.J. Wilcox, leave in free agency. Woods was a versatile safety in college, playing deep and near the line of scrimmage, and was a productive special teams player, too. He’ll compete with Jeff Heath and last year’s sixth-round pick Kavon Frazier for playing time. Second-round pick Chidobe Awuzie also has safety experience.
Next Cowboys Pick: 6th Round (216th overall) - The Cowboys traded back five spots from No. 211 with the New England Patriots to pick up an extra seventh-rounder (No. 239).