Dallas Cowboys Positional Review Cornerback

Dallas Cowboys Positional Review: Cornerback

  • Anthony Brown
  • Byron Jones
  • Chidobe Awuzie
  • cornerback
  • dallas cowboys
  • Jourdan Lewis
  • Reggie Robinson II
  • Trevon Diggs
By Campbell Keating June 8, 2020 0 Comment
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Byron Jones is gone and second round draft pick Trevon Diggs has arrived in Dallas. What will this mean for the exceptionally young cornerback room of the Dallas Cowboys?

With the signing of Amari Cooper and the franchise tagging of Dak Prescott, cornerback Byron Jones wasn’t in the budget for the Cowboys this offseason. He signed with the Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys addressed their need at cornerback in the draft with Trevon Diggs in the second round and Reggie Robinson II in the fourth. The incumbent starter Chidobe Awuzie will be under a “prove it” contract year.

Chidobe Awuzie

Chidobe Awuzie has been the Cowboys second cornerback for the last two years. He has overall been a reliable player who excels versus deep routes. Last season, he didn’t take the step forward that many expected and was inconsistent.

In 2020, Awuzie will have to step up as the number one cover player on this team. He will be replacing Byron Jones and often matching up with the other team’s best wide receiver. If Awuzie performs well, the Cowboys defense has a chance to make it back to their 2018 level of play. He may also be in line for a big payday next offseason.

Trevon Diggs

Trevon Diggs, brother of Buffalo Bills receiver Stefon Diggs, was drafted in the second round by the Cowboys. In his time at Alabama, Diggs started as a receiver and made the transition to cornerback in his sophomore year. Diggs is a great athlete and has potential to develop into a great cornerback with more coaching.

In his senior campaign, he snagged three interceptions and recovered two fumbles. He also returned one of each for a touchdowns.

With a year or two more of coaching and development, Diggs could be a star. As far as this season goes, Diggs will get some playing time and may be starting by the end of the season.

Jourdan Lewis

Coming from the same draft class as Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis will also be in a contract year this season. Lewis hasn’t been given many opportunities over the past 2 seasons as his body type didn’t fit Kris Richard’s ideal corner.

He has capitalized on his few opportunities. Lewis has at least one interception in each of the last three years, including two coming last season. He also had over 50 tackles and four sacks in 2019. He may see more snaps under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan in 2020.

Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown has been a solid slot cornerback for the last few years. He has stepped up in big moments in many games. Though he was only able to play in 9 games last season due to injury, Brown still knocked down five passes. He is a consistent player in the slot and limits the damage that opposing quarterbacks can inflict with the inside routes. After his extension this offseason, Brown should continue to man the slot in 2020.

Reggie Robinson II

Reggie Robinson was the Cowboys fourth-round pick this year. Coming out of Tulsa, Robinson was first-team all AAC in his senior season with 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Robinson fit a need for the Cowboys and was one of the best players left on the board at the Cowboys pick. Robinson will get his feet wet this preseason(provided there is one), and may even earn himself some snaps in the regular season.

Daryl Worley

Daryl Worley is in his fifth year in the league and has put together a decent career thus far. Last season he started 15 games for the Oakland Raiders where he picked off a pass and defended eight. Worley is a physical corner, averaging over 60 tackles per season. Though Worley will probably not have a breakout season in Dallas, expect him to be a solid contributor.

CJ Goodwin

CJ Goodwin was a rotational cornerback for the Cowboys last year. He appeared in all 16 games but saw very few snaps on defense. He is a good depth player but not much more.

Others

Chris Westry and Saivion Smith are young practice squad players that will remain on the practice squad this season.

Maurice Canady and Deante Burton are five and three year veterans respectively. They will be either depth or practice squad players this season.

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I cover, report, and write about the Dallas Cowboys. I am an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis studying on the premed track with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Anthropology.

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