Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction
Linebacker (5): Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch, Jabril Cox, non-specific veteran, Luke Gifford
The first three are slated to get the bulk of the snaps but the Dallas Cowboys need someone reliable behind them to allow Parsons to move around Quinn’s defense. That’s why Dallas has to sign a veteran LB if they really want to win this season.
A handful of options are available and a number of vets should be on the trade block at some point in training camp. Adding a veteran is pretty important if the Cowboys are focused on 2022.
Safety (4): Malik Hooker, Jayron Kearse, Donovan Wilson, Tyler Coyle
This gets tricky at the end. The first three are the obvious three so the real competition starts and ends at SAF4. The reason we’re capping it at just four roster spots is because we want to save roster spots for CB because it’s the more valuable position, and in a pinch one of those players can slide over to safety easier than the other way around.
While I have Markquese Bell ahead of Coyle on the depth chart but if we’re focused on win-now, Coyle moves up. Coyle is a special teams weapon with elite athletic traits. He may be capped at SAF3 but he’s ready to contribute now and could be Jeff Heath 2.0 for the Cowboys.
Cornerback (6): Trevon Diggs, Kelvin Joseph, Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, Nahshon Wright, C.J. Goodwin
Brown and Lewis are the veterans of the Dallas Cowboys secondary and necessary if the Cowboys are focused on 2022. Brown can move outside if needed and Lewis can play safety in a pinch. Wright is a bit of a wildcard but he’s the safest pick out of all the developmental prospects down the depth chart.
C.J. Goodwin is a lock because of his special teams prowess.
Are there safer roster picks to make? Which veterans would you bring in to maximize 2022? Discuss!