Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction (post-OTA edition) V2.0

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Dallas Cowboys CB and SAF

Cornerback (6) Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, Kelvin Joseph, Nahshon Wright, C.J. Goodwin

Let me start by saying I want Reggie Robinson to make this team. The problem is, I just don’t see how. Since Kelvin Joseph appears to be a project player to me and not an immediate starter, the Dallas Cowboys have to keep extra veterans on the payroll.

That means Anthony Brown gets the starting gig on the outside. If Dallas would have drafted a more polished CB in the draft, they’d be able to groom Reggie Robinson another year. But they want to compete now and can’t afford to cut stable players loose.

So, Diggs and Brown are the starters outside and Lewis is the man in the slot. Wright has looked great in camp and will probably get playing time in certain looks against certain opponents. Canady is the top reserve just missing the cut here – he can play either outside spot so he has a chance but again, it’s a numbers game here.

C.J. Goodwin is a lock because he’s a special teams ace and even though fans don’t want to waste roster spots a just a special teams guy – he’s well worth it and adored by the coaching staff.

Note: I’m still cheering for Reggie Robinson in camp

Safety (3): Donovan Wilson, Damtonae Kazee, Israel Mukuamu

With Keanu Neel and Jourdan Lewis’ ability to play some safety, I think Dallas goes thin here. Wilson is going to make a name for himself playing in the box and a little split safety deep. He’s the best pass rushing safety in the NFL (PFF’s highest score) and is a natural playmaker.

Kazee once led the NFL in interceptions and looks to be back from a nasty Achilles injury from last year. He is the single high safety Dallas will lean on and may surprise some people with his play. The rookie Mukuamu has an “it” factor you have to see to believe. He’s the sleeper of the Cowboys draft class and should be a match-up weapon as a rookie.

I’m leaving off Jayron Kearse because I don’t think he’s very good and believe Dallas would rather go long elsewhere than keep him around. Darian Thompson is another guy I don’t see making the cut in 2021.