1. Jaylon Johnson, CB, Chicago Bears
Stephon Gilmore was added this offseason to start alongside Trevon Diggs, which would have given Dallas arguably the top duo at corner in the NFL.
They never truly got to see the two together with Diggs suffering a torn ACL in practice ahead of Week 3.
With him out, Gilmore has been the No. 1 cornerback and while he’s not as fast as he was early in his career, he’s still playing at a high level. He also secured their win on Monday Night Football when he intercepted a pass from Justin Herbert on the final drive.
Throw in Jourdan Lewis and DaRon Bland, who was a steal on day three last year, and the Cowboys have a solid trio at the position. But they didn’t want a solid defensive backfield when they traded for Gilmore. They wanted a shutdown defensive backfield.
That’s why it would make sense for Dallas to try and land Jaylon Johnson from the Chicago Bears. At 1-5, the Bears might be ready to start having a fire sale and Johnson would be a prime trade candidate considering he’s entering the final year of his deal. Plus, the lack of a contract beyond 2023 could make him more affordable via trade.
The Cowboys front office would have to get creative after trades for Gilmore, Cooks, and Trey Lance took up the middle of their draft. Having said that, Johnson is the 11th highest rated corner in the league according to PFF and could be exactly what the Cowboys need to make a second-half run.