It looks more and more like the Dallas Cowboys will move on from Byron Jones making corners a huge need in the upcoming Draft. Let’s look at some options…
If the Dallas Cowboys do move on from Byron Jones, it can be argued they will need at least two corners this offseason. Regardless to what they do in free agency, the Cowboys should probably grab someone in the draft, either way. This is a fairly deep cornerback class, slightly top heavy, but not a bad overall class.
Don’t listen to the narrative some will try to sell you. Without Byron this secondary does not look good on paper. Work at corner and safety are musts for the Cowboys and some of the needs are going to most likely be found in the draft. Corner is one of the positions they are sorely in need of, and this is a draft to find some depth.
First round could easily be where the Cowboys add corner talent without having a top corner on the roster anymore. Names like Kristian Fulton, Jeff Gladney, and C.J. Henderson will be the most common names brought up as first rounders. Of the three, Henderson might be the best fit here.
Each has some issues, but for what the Cowboys could need, Henderson fits. Of the three listed, Fulton has the worst ball skills, Gladney the worst range, and Henderson the worst tackling. But for the Cowboys, ball skills and man coverage skills are going to be vital. Here is where Henderson fits. He has the speed and range to stay with top receivers and can play both man and zone well.
He does need work on tackling and staying within the game and not getting overly aggressive. If he can fix those two dings, he has elite written all over him. While there is little chance the Cowboys can get Jeff Okudah who should go top 10 easily, Henderson would probably be the second best corner in this draft.