Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: No CBs? No Problem!

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Round 5, Pick 164

SS, J.R. Reed


The Dallas Cowboys never seem to value safety very highly. While some think things will change under a new coaching staff, I’m not sure Will McClay is overly eager to let it. That’s why waiting until Day 3 to address safety seems a little more likely.

J.R. Reed projects primarily as an in-the-box safety. His tackling and work close to the line of scrimmage is his bread and butter. The further back he plays the more he gets exposed. This fits nicely with the Dallas Cowboys newest addition at safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Ha Ha is a pretty poor tackler and is at his best in deep coverage. His addition probably means more snaps at strong safety for Xavier Woods. But with more 2-high and quarters defense in the Dallas Cowboys future, both players may be able to play deep. Either way, having a thumper inside is a must so the tastefully named, Reed, will get plenty of important work as the third safety on the roster. At the very least he’ll be a replacement to Kavon Frazier and be a major asset on special teams.

The Dallas Cowboys aren’t loaded with talent at safety but they have some promising depth the team is hopeful on. Darian Thompson is someone they were high on last season. The 26-year-old flashed enough plays to be interesting prospect. Donovan Wilson is another young and promising player. Last preseason he dominated the highlight reel. He didn’t get many opportunities in the regular season which means he probably needed a little more seasoning before the team trusted him on the field.