Dallas Cowboys Draft: 5 Draft prospects Cowboys fans should know

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Dallas Cowboys Draft

Trent McDuffie, CB


Last year the Dallas Cowboys planned to draft one of the top-2 CBs in the 2021 NFL Draft. To the surprise of many, both went off the board before they got their chance, so they adjusted strategy and aimed at uber-green prospect, Kelvin Joseph, in the second round.

Falling to injury in camp, Joseph has yet to see the field for Dallas. The 5-foot-11 prospect from Kentucky only had nine career starts in college and could take time developing as a pro. Based on this, Dallas is every bit in the market for a starting CB this draft cycle as they were last draft cycle. Especially when you consider they may be moving on from veterans like Anthony Brown and/or Jourdan Lewis.

While it would be great if top CB prospect, Kaiir Elam fell into Dallas’ laps, it’s just not very realistic. Who we’re looking at here is guy flying under the radar out west. We’re looking at CB Trent McDuffie.

At 5-foot-11, 195lbs, McDuffie isn’t the long and lean CB we usually peg Dallas for. He’s more like, well, Kelvin Joseph. But unlike Joseph, McDuffie is known as a highly coachable player with a wealth of experience and an ever-improving game.

Rated by PFF as the 18th prospect in the class, McDuffie may be gone before Dallas goes on the clock. But playing on a poor Washington Team and not having those combine measurable everyone goes crazy for, makes me think he could slip through the cracks.

McDuffie has inside/outside capabilities but is primary a boundary CB with zone/man ability. He’s rarely targeted and is only allowing a completion rating of 39% when targeted. He’s high character and fairly polished. He’s cool and calm and while he has excellent athleticism and ball-skills, he rarely takes unnecessary risks.

He’d be an excellent yin to Trevon Diggs’ yang.