Thursday, April 28, 2011
Breaking down the safeties: Dallas
By Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.
Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson examines the safeties of each NFC East team. Today: Dallas Cowboys
In 2010, this awful group of safeties couldn’t support the cornerbacks or consistently make big plays in any phase of the game. Dallas was horrible in the secondary, but especially bad at safety.
Compounding matters, Gerald Sensabaugh is scheduled to become a free agent. He is a slightly above-average starter, but Sensabaugh might have the advantage in negotiations. The Cowboys might be reluctant to employ two new starters at safety while also potentially breaking in a new cornerback in a new defensive scheme under Rob Ryan.
Alan Ball started by default at free safety and was one of the worst starting safeties in the game. He needs to be replaced. Being undersized and a liability in coverage is a rough combination. But he is still young and could have value as a depth player and on special teams.
Depth was a real problem last season -- Dallas used players like Barry Church and Danny McCray, who are really just special teamers. When Church did see the field, he did not impress.
This is a very weak safety draft, but the Cowboys might consider UCLA’s Rahim Moore with their second-round pick. Free agency is the best option for Dallas to fill this gaping hole. Options who should be very attractive to the Cowboys include Eric Weddle, Michael Huff and Deon Grant. Help is really needed here.
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