In the first two rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys chose to upgrade their pass rush and secondary by drafting Michigan’s defensive end, Taco Charlton in the first, along with Colorado defensive back, Chidobe Awuzie in the second round.
Charlton flashed elite talent while at Michigan, but his motor and consistency have come under scrutiny. Taco was a popular projection to Dallas, though, as he is both a good fit and fills a need for the Cowboys up front.
Dallas chose to wait until round two to upgrade a decimated secondary. Awuzie has good size to play on the outside, where Dallas has the biggest need after losing Morris Claiborne.
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“Sticky man-cover corner who possesses the reactive athleticism and foot quickness to maintain coverage responsibilities around the field. Awuzie’s combination of size and speed pairs well with his instincts providing him what he needs to compete downfield,” said Greg Zierlein in his NFL.com scouting profile.
The Cowboys could use more help in the secondary, particularly at safety. However, they still have time to address it in the coming rounds. Awuzie is a pretty good value that should be able to help right away. Meanwhile, Charlton will add something to the Cowboys’ pass rush and, as a result, should help the secondary.
Check out Awuzie’s college highlights below.