Position Battles: It's Around The Corner

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Editor's Note: The last stretch of the offseason is upon us. The next time the Cowboys get together, it will be time for training camp. The roster is nearly full and that should mean a healthy dose of competition – at all positions. In the coming weeks, the writers of DallasCowboys.com will focus on each position to find the most intriguing battles as we get ready for training camp. Today, we continue the series with cornerback.

Battle To Watch:

So far, 2017 second-round pick Chidobe Awuzie and converted safety Byron Jones have lined up as the starting outside cornerbacks in practice. If form holds, the most intriguing competition might develop in the slot between last year's third-round pick, Jourdan Lewis, and third-year pro Anthony Brown. Lewis (5-10, 195) doesn't exactly fit new defensive backs coach/defensive passing game coordinator Kris Richard's preference for taller, rangier corners. But he's competitive and instinctive. Brown has shown the ability to play outside or inside over the last two years, but he lost his starting job late last season after committing a team-high 11 penalties in the first 10 games.

Don't Forget About:

Marquez White gets lost in the shuffle when discussing the Cowboys' young DBs. Of the four draft picks who stuck around last year, only White spent time on the practice squad, not the 53-man roster. But he has the frame Richard wants for a physical cover corner, and he's had a year in the system, even if he didn't get playing time last year.

Bubble Watch:

The Cowboys have some versatility within their secondary, since Awuzie and Jones both have safety experience. For now, here's an unofficial guess at how the offseason depth chart stacks up:

Locks:

Chidobe Awuzie - Byron Jones - Anthony Brown - Jourdan Lewis

Contenders:

Marquez White - Kam Kelly - Duke Thomas

Long Shots:

Donovan Olumba - Charvarius Ward

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