The Dallas Cowboys made seven picks throughout the 2020 NFL Draft, and while two of them were cornerbacks, there wasn’t a single safety taken. If you continue to think that the Cowboys are going to spend a top pick on a safety then you are likely the last remaining person on that hill. Dallas has simply shown over a long period of time now that they are not going to invest there. Until they do, don’t count on it.
The Cowboys signed Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in free agency this offseason so they did bring in a new player. Of course, they also lost Jeff Heath, but many people wouldn’t really consider this much of a net loss.
There is some thought that the second cornerback Dallas drafted, Tulsa’s Reggie Robinson, could play some safety, but in the team’s post-draft press conference head coach Mike McCarthy caught a lot of people’s attention when he made it seem like the team might have other plans.
The Cowboys might have a plan for a current veteran to slide to safety
It is possible that the reason the Cowboys didn’t draft a safety is because the value never made sense when their turn arrived. We continually saw the Cowboys land great value during the draft and they are being praised around the league for it.
Perhaps the Cowboys also have a different plan at safety, and one that involves players already on their team. Speaking to the media after the draft, Mike McCarthy sure did make it seem like they have at least thought about moving a current veteran cornerback over to safety.
In thinking about current Cowboys cornerbacks that could make the move, the mind immediately jumps to Chidobe Awuzie. People have speculated for years that Chido could move to the back end, but up until now maybe the need hasn’t totally been there. Or maybe the old coach staff just didn’t want to do it. There was this article from PFT in June of 2018:
The Cowboys drafted Chidobe Awuzie with a plan of playing him at safety, but he spent his rookie season at cornerback, starting six games.
Awuzie has remained at corner this offseason, though the team has floated the idea of playing him at safety if they need help there.
Awuzie said he has no preference.
“Corner, safety, nickel, dime, whatever it is, I’ll be ready,” Awuzie said. “I definitely know what the safeties do, but right now it’s pretty confirmed that I’ll play corner.”
Either way, let’s live in the hypothetical where the Cowboys move one of the cornerbacks to safety. If they did they would still be left with plenty of options at cornerback. The group entered the draft with Chido, Jourdan Lewis, Anthony Brown, C.J. Goodwin, Maurice Canady, and Saivion Smith. They have since added Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson.
While Reggie Robinson could be a candidate for a move, it sounds like McCarthy was referencing veterans. Chido has some serious athleticism so seeing him try it out could be sort of fun.
What do you think? Should the Cowboys try and play Chidobe Awuzie at safety, or should they leave the position untouched?