The Dallas Cowboys have used the first of their four sixth-round picks on Anthony Brown, a cornerback out of Purdue. Many experts and fans had been waiting for the Cowboys to address the secondary, a problem on defense for the past few years. The Cowboys add a corner who can hopefully stick around after the season when Dallas has to make a decision on Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr.
Brown is better in zone coverage and is a willing tackler. His team was poor in pass coverage but he managed to stand out. On the downside he gave up a lot of touchdowns and received far too many penalties.
Brown played in all 12 Boilermakers games each of the past three seasons. As a senior, he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten status with 59 tackles, six passes defended and four interceptions.
That helped him earn an invite to the East/West Shrine Game, where he recorded five tackles.
NFL COMPARISON A.J. Bouye
BOTTOM LINE Extensive tape work is required for Brown because he's much more talented in coverage than his touchdown total. His slight transition stiffness combined with grabby play in man is a concern, but his field vision and discipline from zone will appeal to zone teams. To earn playing time, Brown needs to play to his size and improve his aggressiveness and willingness as a tackler.
The Cowboys are now filling out the depth of their roster. With four picks in the sixth round, Dallas has a chance to get special teamers and possibly hit on a gem. Their fist pick in this round, xxx, maybe can be one of those steals.
With this pick, the Cowboys have selected two guys on offense, and four guys on defense.
Cowboys draft picks:
(Round-pick in the round-overall pick)
1- 4- 4 Dallas - Ezekiel Elliott
2- 3-34 Dallas - Jaylon Smith
3- 4-67 Dallas - Maliek Collins
4- 3-101 Dallas - Charles Tapper
4-37-135 Dallas (Compensatory Selection) - Dak Prescott
6-14-189 Dallas from Oakland - Anthony Brown
6-37-212 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-41-216 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-42-217 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)