The Dallas Cowboys addressed one of their biggest needs in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night, taking former Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs with the 51st overall selection.
The Cowboys pivoted away from defense in the first round when former Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb was unexpectedly available with the 17th overall pick.
Dallas lost its best cornerback in Byron Jones, who signed with Miami in free agency. Diggs, the younger brother of Buffalo Bills receiver Stefon Diggs, had three interceptions and tied for Alabama's team lead with eight pass breakups.
The Cowboys tied for last in the NFL in interceptions last year and have been among the worst in the league in that category the past five seasons. They have young cornerbacks they like in Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis, but the position was still one of need.
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Dallas also entered the night with the 81st overall pick in the third round, and still could use a pass rusher. The Cowboys passed on former LSU defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson in the first round because Lamb was available. Chaisson went to Jacksonville three picks later.