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Safety Concerns? Cowboys Have Used Top Draft Pick on Them Only Once



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    Safety Roy Williams #38 of the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Texas Stadium on August 22, 2008 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Tuesday I ranked safety as the Cowboys’ fourth-worst position. Only running back, cornerback and kick-returner need more help in the upcoming NFL Draft.

    So today let’s fix it. Because, obviously, the Cowboys can’t repair it themselves.

    As in, the last time they drafted a safety in the first round? How about a guy named Roy Williams way back in 2002. In fact, that’s the only time in their 56-year history they’ve used their top draft pick on a safety.

    Again, starters Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox are more than serviceable, and with a relatively weak class this year I’m not suggesting a reach for a safety with the 27th overall pick.

    I’m just hoping the Cowboys don’t – as they did in the 5th round of 2010 – pass on another Kam Chancellor for another Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.

    If the Cowboys are thinking safety in rounds 2-4 there are a couple of intriguing options: Louisville’s James Sample is a prototypical big-hitting safety, while Arizona State’s Damarious Randall is more of a cover safety.

    Anything other than those two guys in the middle rounds, and the Cowboys will again find themselves reaching for the wrong safety.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.