FRISCO, Texas – The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away. The Cowboys were quite busy in free agency, re-signing many of their own players, adding a few others and then making some significant trades that should bolster the roster.
But the questions now center on the draft, which begins April 27 in Kansas City. Just what will the Cowboys do with the 26th overall pick?
So as we continue the inaugural edition of "Fast Forward," let's look at the cornerback position.
The Cowboys have one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in Trevon Diggs, a two-time Pro Bowler who is entering the final season of his four-year contract. Look for the Cowboys to seek a long-term deal with Diggs at some point this offseason, maybe closer to the start of the season.
Still, with Diggs manning one side of the defense, there is a need for a long-term solution on the other side. The addition of Stephon Gilmore should add instant relief and there is growing excitement for DaRon Bland, a second-year corner who should compete for the starting slot corner spot. Also, Jourdan Lewis is still around and recovering from a foot injury that might make it tough for him to compete at training camp.
There's also Kelvin Joseph, Nahshon Wright and C.J. Goodwin, who is considered the ace of the special teams.
Top 2023 Prospects:
The cornerback position is rather deep this season with as many as six players possibly going in the first round. The top of the class includes players such as Oregon's Christian Gonzalez, Devon Witherspoon of Illinois and Joey Porter Jr. from Penn State. But later in the first round when the Cowboys pick at No. 26, there could be some big names still on the board. Here are some possible fits at cornerback.
- Deonte Banks (Maryland) – Has ideal size and measurables, coupled with 4.35 speed in the 40-yard dash. He'll be able to size up with bigger receivers but should stay with the speedy, quick guys as well.
- Emmanuel Forbes (Mississippi State) – While he's on the lean side, he knows how to get the football, plucking 14 interceptions in his three-year collegiate career, including six returned for touchdowns.
- Kelee Ringo (Georgia) – Best-known for his game-clinching interception to give Georgia the national championship in 2021, Ringo has plenty of athleticism and ball skills to develop into a potential star.
- Mid-Round Options:
- Corey Trice Jr. (Purdue) – We know Dan Quinn prefers his cornerbacks to have some height and Trice has that at 6-3. A converted safety, he should be able to provide some position flex as the Cowboys tend to use players in a variety of packages.
- Jaylon Jones (Texas A&M) – Started out at safety before moving to corner. He's played well at cornerback and showed the ability to track the ball. He's also being evaluated some as a safety, which could help his potion flex.
- Rejzohn Wright (Oregon State) – If the unique first name, familiar last name and his college sound familiar, it's because he's the younger brother of Cowboys' cornerback Nahshon Wright, who was a third-round pick out of Oregon State in 2021. This Wright is 6-2, 193 and was a First Team All-Big 12 standout last season.
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