Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Trading Way Back

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Round 2, Pick 44

A.J. Terrell, CB


With the second of Indianapolis’ picks, the Dallas Cowboys pick up their CB1. They lost out on C.J. Henderson in Round 1 and didn’t want to reach on Kristian Fulton. This is Plan B to Henderson being gone.

I don’t have to tell Dallas Cowboys fans how important it is to find a cornerback early in the draft. Dallas let their best CB go uncontested in free agency and stand to lose their next two CBs next year. Drafting A.J. Terrell is about the short-term as well as the long-term.

At 6-foot-1, 190lb Terrell has the long frame needed to thrive on the boundary. He may be a willing tackler, but he’s not a strong tackler. He’ll to need to add some weight to stand up better against the run in the pros.

Terrell’s strength is his coverage. He’s a versatile defender who can play a variety of coverage schemes with fluidity and technique. Terrell is a natural athlete who makes sticky coverage look easy. He’s not battling his body to keep up with small quick receivers. He stays right in their hip pocket. Similarly, larger receivers don’t intimidate him and he can play a more physical brand of defense if that’s what’s called for.

A.J. Terrell is a safe pick for a team looking to find a CB1 in this draft. He has the physical frame, athletic ability, speed, quickness, natural feel, technical discipline, competitive fire, and ball instincts needed in the pros