There seems to be this overriding presumption going into this 2019 NFL Draft that the Dallas Cowboys are dead set in taking a safety with their first pick, a 58th overall second rounder on Friday.
But maybe not so fast.
Consider this, in the 58 year history of the Cowboy drafts, they’ve only selected a safety in the first or second round six times, and then there’s this from Cowboys COO Stephen Jones.
Stephen Jones said, “I think a play making safety, which can be few and far between in terms of guys reactions that can make plays on the ball, who are very productive in terms of tackling and that type of situation, they’re rare obviously. We’ve looked at play making safeties and hadn’t been able to get deals done. If we see the right guy there at the right price, if he does all the things that Jason mentioned, versatility’s a big part of it, but at the same time if they have a unique skill to make plays back there, and we’ve certainly seen them in our league that make those. We had one here in Darren Woodson that was special.”
Now the Cowboys might take a safety, but don’t discount them taking a defensive tackle, a defensive end, or a wide receiver.