The Dallas Cowboys select…
Deommodore Lenoir, CB
The Dallas Cowboys would be wise to double dip at CB early in the draft. With Awuzie and Lewis both on the way out, they need to refortify the ranks and possibly find a replacement inside as well.
Anthony Brown is technically under contract for two more seasons, but Dallas can get out from his deal as early as this year if they want to. After a terrible 2020 campaign, that option needs to be on the table. If a slot cornerback like Deommodore Lenoir falls to them in the draft, he could find himself in the starting lineup sooner rather than later.
Deommodore Lenoir is a pet cat of mine and someone who represents tremendous value at this point in the draft. He’s just 5-foot-11 so he falls short of McClay’s ideal thresholds, but he’s built well (202 lbs) and plays big.
Lenoir isn’t just the best CB on his team, but he may be the best in the entire Pack-12. The 4-star recruit is natural athelete who plays the position fluidly and with tenacity. He’s a willing tackler who can blitz from the slot and create plays in the backfield.
Lenoir has a nose for the ball and that can get him in trouble, but you can’t teach ball skills and he’s one of those guys who’s always looking to make a big play. I could see him coming on as the CB4 and special teams weapon right away in 2021. But within a year I’d be shocked if he wasn’t the starting nickel CB.