Cowboys Add Secondary Playmaker In New NFL Mock Draft

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The Dallas Cowboys season came to an abrupt end during Wild Card weekend, as they were upset at AT&T Stadium by the San Francisco 49ers. A lot of attention is being given to the last play of the game when Dak Prescott did a quarterback draw and didn’t slide in time for the referees to spot the ball and spike it for a final play.

But, that play was the least of the Cowboys’ worries as they had plenty of other issues that deterred them from winning the game before that. Now, they will be starting their offseason earlier than anyone in that building would have anticipated.

The biggest decision made during the offseason will be if the Cowboys make changes to their coaching staff. Head coach Mike McCarthy has come under a lot of heat and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore could be a popular name on this year’s head coaching carousel.

Once that is figured out, the organization can get to work on upgrading the roster. There is a lot of talent on the team, but they are falling short of expectations not being able to. One area that needs to improve is the defensive secondary.

Trevon Diggs had an incredible season propped up by the interception numbers he had. He led the league with 11 and had 21 passes defended, but there is a reason he is targeted as much as he is despite his playmaking ability. He also surrendered the most passing yards in the NFL this season when targeted.

Diggs finished 85th out of 121 qualifying cornerbacks with a defensive grade of 58.5 in 2021. Anthony Brown, who finished with a defensive grade of 66, good enough for 42nd out of cornerbacks, was the only player with a passable grade that qualified for the rankings.

Upgrading the secondary should be on their to-do list, and in PFF’s 2022 Mock Draft, they address it. With the 24th overall pick, the Cowboys select Clemson cornerback, Andrew Booth.

Booth was a highly rated prospect coming out of high school, as he was a former five-star recruit. His PFF grade improved each season with the Tigers and was excellent throughout the 2021 season.

He finished with a PFF coverage grade of 78.7, as he was targeted 46 times. Booth got the job done, allowing only 29 receptions for 312 yards.

Adding that kind of player to the secondary would be smart for the Cowboys. If Diggs has a regression in his interception totals, this pass defense is looked at in a different light. Bringing in some reinforcements would make sense to help bolster their performance.