FRISCO, Texas -- Maybe it was a slip of the tongue, but when you’re thinking about whom the Dallas Cowboys will take in the second round tonight, go with a cornerback.
In discussing the Cowboys' strategy in selecting defensive end Taco Charlton in the first round, executive vice president Stephen Jones made the team's intentions for the 60th overall pick known. Or not. There is always an element of subterfuge when it comes to draft talk.
"As good as it was, to help us get a good pressure player at the bottom of the first round, I think the draft sets up even better for us to get a really nice corner in the bottom of the second," Jones said.
The Cowboys considered taking Washington cornerback Kevin King with their first-round pick. He ended up not getting selected in the first round, but he figures to go before the Cowboys pick in Round 2.
So which cornerbacks should you consider? It is always wise to go back to the Cowboys' list of pre-draft visitors.
Moreau is coming off pectoral surgery and could open the season on the physically unable to perform list. The Cowboys have been known to take injury risks in the second round (see Jaylon Smith, Bruce Carter, Sean Lee). If not for the injury, Moreau would have been under consideration by the Cowboys at No. 28.
Though it is possible he could miss six games on PUP, a draft decision is about four years in Rounds 2-7.
Tankersley had nine interceptions and 29 pass deflections in 30 starts at Clemson. He is more of a man-coverage cornerback but has the desired size and speed.
Tabor and Wilson play faster than their timed speed and both can get the ball. Wilson also has some safety skills, which is another Cowboys need.
With the 92nd pick, the Cowboys could make it three straight defensive selections, with safety at the top of the list. Louisiana Tech's Xavier Woods visited the Cowboys and could be the most likely option among the pre-draft visitors with Utah's Marcus Williams likely to be gone by then. Texas A&M’s Justin Evans would be another option among the pre-draft visitors.
Jones sees the Cowboys taking a patient approach tonight, like they did in Thursday, resisting the temptation to make a trade.
"I think we’re pretty content with how we have our players graded that we could be there," Jones said. "I’d never speak to what might happen if you’re sitting there and what opportunities might arise. You never rule out anything, especially as it unfolds. If you feel like maybe this guy is unique enough that maybe we could get something a little extra [and] we’re sitting there and we still have some guys sitting there like we did [Thursday], then I don’t think we’d feel the need to want to put something with it. I think we can get good players throughout this draft. I think it really sets up nicely for us. There are players sprinkled throughout this draft that can really help us. Not just on defense but at other positions. We are pretty content with where we sit."