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5 Safeties Dallas Cowboys Should Consider Drafting

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5 Safeties Dallas Cowboys Should Draft

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The NFL Combine has ended and the thing we look into before the actual draft is Pro Days. These are actually more scripted workouts, so there’s no reason for an athlete to have a poor pro Day. So as we are inching closer to the NFL Draft, it’s time to look at the positions and prospects the Dallas Cowboys should be paying the most attention to. We all know the Cowboys main needs on their current roster are the offensive line, the defensive line and secondary. Those aren’t there only needs but they are the main one’s so here we’ll take a look at who the Cowboys should pick at each position.

Some players stood out at the Combine and others did not so in the next two months the list could change a lot but for the most part, these are the players the Cowboys should be looking at, not only in the first round but throughout the draft. Obviously most of them won’t be there for the Cowboys to take since, ya know, there are 31 other teams vying for their services but these players should be on the Cowboys radar moving forward in the draft process. Some of the names are obvious choices and some you may have never heard but these are the players they must seriously consider drafting.

I’ll be doing this series for the next few days and looking at specific positions and today I’ll be looking at the safety position. The Cowboys have a big need for improved play on their defense and these 5 players would help upgrade the Cowboys safety spot.

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5. Zeke Motta-Notre Dame

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Motta is an aggressive, strong safety and he reads plays well. Went to ND so he’s got the smarts but doesn’t have great ball skills. Would be a nice value pick late in the draft.

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4. Robert Lester-Alabama

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Would make a great fit as a ball hawk in Monte Kiffin’s defense. Reads plays well and has the athleticism to make plays. Needs to get stronger and can be too aggressive but a nice fit for Cowboys in 4th or 5th round.

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3. Eric Reid-LSU

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Physical player who reads plays well and shows the ability to make plays. Very aggressive and athletic but needs to work on coverage skills. Sometimes too aggressive and doesn’t have make-up speed.

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2. Matt Elam-Florida

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Physical, athletic and smart, Elam can put a big hit on a receiver one play and then cover him the next. Doesn’t have ideal size and needs work on coverage but understands the game and has speed to recover if beat.

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1. Kenny Vaccaro-Texas

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Maybe one of the Cowboys top two or three draft targets. Has the size, strength, athleticism and speed to be a really good player. Smart, plays with aggression and his instincts are the best in this safety class. Not a true ball hawk and he doesn’t change direction well but he makes up for it in intelligence. Top safety target for the Cowboys.