Cowboys draft safety JJ Wilcox in third round

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys concluded the second day of the draft by selecting strong safety J.J. Wilcox from Georgia Southern in the third round on Friday night.

Wilcox was the first defensive player taken by the Cowboys in the draft.

Dallas has a need at defensive back, and after missing out on Texas' Kenny Vaccaro and bypassing LSU's Eric Reid in the first round, the Cowboys didn't have a chance to get one of the better safeties in the draft when Jacksonville took John Cyprien from Florida International.

The Cowboys are trying to upgrade at safety after the release of veteran Gerald Sensabaugh. Barry Church, Matt Johnson, Danny McCray and Will Allen are the current safeties.

Scouts said Wilcox (6-0, 213 pounds) isn't very good in deep coverage but does a nice job of getting near the line of scrimmage to make plays in the run game. Wilcox played wide receiver in high school and as late as 2012. It's that ability to play offense that gives the Cowboys some hope he'll do a nice job of finding the ball and reading quarterbacks and wide receiver routes.