Dallas Cowboys: 3 possible surprise starters in 2021

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Surprise Dallas Cowboys Starters

Starting outside CB: Nahshon Wright

The smart money is on veteran cornerback Anthony Brown claiming the starting outside cornerback spot out of camp. He’s the clear favorite right now and after playing injured in 2020, Brown appears back to his old self and ready to show fans why the Cowboys extended his contract over a year ago.

The second most likely starter on the outside is rookie second round pick Kelvin Joseph. Joseph enters the mix with a boatload of skill and untapped potential. The only problem is he’s uber-green and missed most offseason work, thus making the hill to climb that much higher.

The dark horse in this outside CB competition is none other than the Dallas Cowboys most criticized selection in the entire draft – Nahshon Wright.

Picked 99 overall, Wright has a chance (albeit, a small one) of snagging the starting role opposite Trevon Diggs at some point this season. Wright has been a standout in mini-camps (possibly the biggest standout) and has not shown to be as vulnerable as many of us feared.

The 6-foot-4 cornerback would be the tallest starting CB in the league and certainly wouldn’t fit all of the defensive calls. Even as a starter he’d have to rotate to some degree. But if Joseph needs extra grooming, and Wright keeps flashing in training camp, Dallas may opt to move Brown back inside (and bump Jourdan Lewis back to CB4) and use Wright as the main boundary CB in their Cover 3 looks.