Despite the safety position being the most pressing need for the Dallas Cowboys going into this offseason, the team waited until the third round to address it, selecting J.J. Wilcox out of Georgia Southern. Jerry Jones told season ticket holders in a conference call on Wednesday that the team is happy with the pick and the position group in general, and recalled a pre-draft conversation he had with new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin concerning safeties.
“‘Don’t worry as much about range,’” Jones recalled Kiffin saying, per the Dallas Morning News. “[Kiffin] said our scheme gives them the angles. Get us somebody that is young. Don’t worry about experience as much as you have in the past. Give us some young players that have instincts and let us go from there with them.
“We’ve done that and I think we’ll be satisfied. That’s the reason we drafted Wilcox, by the way. I think we’re in good shape at safety.”
Dallas released veteran safety Gerald Sensabaugh shortly after the season, and picked up veteran Will Allen. They’ll also have Barry Church back in 2013, after he missed almost all of 2012 with a torn Achilles.
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