2. Terrance Mitchell, Cornerback
Ever since Dan Quinn joined the Cowboys as defensive coordinator, they’ve finally been able to build up a strong secondary. Trevon Diggs and DaRon Bland have both been incredible ball hawks while safeties Malik Hooker, Donovan Wilson, and Jayron Kearse have been better than expected. In fact, they had so many talented safeties they moved Markquese Bell to linebacker, where he’s been thriving.
Already with a lot of talent, Dallas still went out and added Stephon Gilmore in the offseason. He was expected to start across from Diggs but the two hardly saw the field together before Diggs tore his ACL during practice ahead of Week 3.
With Diggs out, Jourdan Lewis has moved into the slot with Bland going outside. The results have been solid but Lewis enters Week 9 with a PFF rating of just 57.3. While those need to be taken with a grain of salt, Dallas would have done themselves a favor to add depth at the deadline. Since they didn’t, they might want to look at free agency and an available player could be Terrance Mitchell.
A former seventh-round pick out of Oregon, Mitchell began his career in Dallas back in 2015. He’s since journeyed around the league, spending time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, and Tennessee Titans. Wherever he’s gone, Mitchell has performed well, especially in the slot. He’s also versatile enough to play safety in a pinch.
The one question with Mitchell would be whether or not he’s ready to go. He began this season with the San Francisco 49ers but was released after reaching a settlement following an undisclosed injury. If he is healthy, he would bring a tough, physical approach to the secondary and has 94 career games with nine interceptions and 63 pass defenses.