Over the course of the 2017 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have made it clear that they want to upgrade the defensive unit. By spending a first-round selection on an EDGE and selecting four defensive backs in the NFL Draft, the Cowboys are committing to revamping the defense. With Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott entering their second seasons on the professional level, Dallas knows they have to support their two studs with talent on both sides of the football.
Chidobe Awuzie was one of my favorite prospects in the entire draft cycle, Jourdan Lewis shows potential of becoming a very solid slot corner, and Xavier Woods may be one of the biggest steals of the entire draft. The Cowboys are obviously excited about adding an influx of young talent into their secondary.
Don’t forget about Anthony Brown, though.
In a draft class that featured the top two finalists for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, the intriguing Jaylon Smith, and the talented Maelik Collins, it may have been easy for people to forget that the Dallas Cowboys also found a potential gem in the sixth round. After a four-year career at Purdue, Anthony Brown heard his name called with the 189th selection of last April’s draft.
He made sure to make his impact felt.
In a secondary that saw injuries to both Morris Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick, Anthony Brown stepped up huge for the Dallas Cowboys defense over the course of last fall. He was able to defend small, speedy slots but also battle with the bigger wideouts that the Cowboys faced. His development during his rookie season was phenomenal.
His impact on the field didn’t always show up in the box score as he made winning plays for the Cowboys that may have been overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Nonetheless, he knew how to make an impact while on the field. Back in December, BTB’s Jim Scott analyzed a key drive against the Vikings. As you know, the Cowboys played a sloppy game that Thursday night in Minneapolis. Fortunately, Dallas…