A veteran cornerback like Nolan Carroll is always nice to have, but what's even better could be a young player with something to prove. Dallas doesn't lack for depth at CB, so who has a shot at Carroll's starting job?
So who are the alternatives? Anthony Brown, Chidobe Awuzie, or Jourdan Lewis. All three certainly have the potential to be starters at some point.
Brown was drafted 189th overall in the 6th round in 2016. He managed 40 tackles, 55 combined, 8 pass deflections, and 1 interception in 16 games across his rookie season.
That's absolutely comparable to Carroll's 2016. He made 41 tackles, 55 combined, 11 pass deflections and 1 interception last season with the Philadelphia Eagles. His numbers are reachable for these young corner backs, but they'll probably have to consistently out perform the veteran to snatch the starting position away from him.
Awuzie and Lewis.are both picks from the 2017 draft, 60th and 92nd overall respectively. The outlook for both these guys is real good, expectations are that they'll be major players for the Cowboys in the near future.
Before we get to ahead of ourselves, remember that Carroll was brought in from the Eagles to play starter. He's got eight years of NFL experience and a $4-million price tag this season. So the Cowboys are kind of committed to use him as their starter.
Still, injuries are a fact of life and it's always possible one of these young guys blows everyone away during Training Camp and the Pre-Season. Also it seems highly likely that Awuzie will be changing positions, so he may get a chance to start elsewhere.
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