FRISCO, TX- Day 2 of the NFL Draft has come to an end and the Cowboys have made a few selections.
After trading back in the 1st round and selecting Penn State Superstar Micah Parsons, the Cowboys had 4 picks when the 2nd round started.
With the 44th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Kelvin Joseph, a cornerback from Kentucky.
Joseph has prototypical size coming in at just under 6’ and 197 lbs. He is also only 20 years old and was a highly recruited high school player. The four star recruit spent his first collegiate season at LSU playing in 11 games as a true freshman. He was suspended for LSU’s bowl game and decided to enter the transfer portal and ended up at Kentucky.
Joseph played in 9 games with the wildcats and picked off 4 passes, returning one for a touchdown.
Kelvin Joseph has the size, talent, and certainly the speed (4.34 40 time) to be successful at the NFL level but could take some time to adjust due to lack of experience and will have to clean up some bone headed penalties. All in all, Joseph has the ability to start in the NFL.
In the 3rd round the Cowboys continued to add to their defense. UCLA defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa, Iowa defensive end Chauncey Golston, and Oregon State cornerback Nahshon Wright are the most recent additions to the Dallas defense.
Odighizuwa (O-dig-he-zoo-ah) has a tweener build. He probably fits more like a 3-tech on a 4 man front and with his first step off the line he has been a disruptive force. High motor and strong as can be. Additionally, Odighizuwa impressed at the 2021 Senior Bowl.
Last season the Cowboys tried to fill the defensive line need in free agency by signing Gerald McCoy, who would suffer a season ending injury before the start of the season, and Dontari Poe, who was cut mid season when changes were in order. 2019 2nd round pick Trysten Hill is returning from a torn ACL and Tyrone Crawford has retired.
Chauncey Golston is another high motor player and is good against the run. Another Dallas draftee that impressed at the 2021 Senior Bowl. Golston should help against the run and has the size you want in a defensive end.
These two picks should make Dallas fans happy. At one point last season, the Cowboys were fielding two of the worst defensive tackles in the league (according to PFF). One is more of a pass rusher and the other is a run defender. Dallas lacked both of those last season.
With their 5th pick in the top 3 rounds, the Cowboys selected Nahshon Wright. If you watch Last Chance U, you’ve probably heard of Wright. He’s still raw in some areas but for a 6’4” corner to have fluidity and reported 4.45 speed there is potential.
New defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was in Seattle to coach the Legion of Boom and has a preference for corners.
So that's the end of day 2. The Boys started off with 4 picks in the top 100 players, ended up with 5. All 5 of those picks were spent on the defensive side of the ball and were spread along all three levels of defense.
Honestly, with the defenders still available, I expect that trend to continue. Day 3 begins Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and the Cowboys still have 6 picks to make.
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