2019 Starting FS: Xavier Woods
Currently in the Dallas Cowboys’ secondary, there is a significant lack of top-end talent on the back end at safety. Current starters Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods have not provided the needed support behind their corners to be effective, and former safety Byron Jones has had to be moved down to cornerback to fill an obvious void on the outside. Chidobe Awuzie has been a pleasant surprise, locking down at cornerback and providing some semblance of coverage from snap to snap.
Xavier McKinney is a do-it-all safety out of Alabama who has shown his versatility from the deep middle to the moneyback spot. McKinney is not overly physical at only 6’1: 200 pounds, but is able to break down to the flats and can help in run support. McKinney played the majority of his snaps as a typical deep-third safety but has shown the ability to slide down anywhere from corner to the slot to money backer.
2019 Starting TE: Jason Witten
After an outstanding performance in the college football playoffs, Thaddeus Moss caught the eyes of America with both his connection to future #1 overall selection Joe Burrow as well as father and former all-pro wide receiver Randy Moss. Thaddeus has not only inherited the freakish athleticism of his father, but also his football IQ on the receiving end of passes.
The modern NFL tight end typically revolves around the idea of the mismatch, whether that is by size, speed, or both. With a projected 40-time of 4.65 and an imposing stature at 6’4″, Moss is able to match up against both undersized safeties and stout linebackers. Dallas currently sports a former broadcaster (regardless of his previous success) and a collection of average-to-sub-par tight ends, and needs to find their athletic mismatch before it is too late.