The Cowboys are getting new blood.
The Dallas Cowboys had the 26th-ranked pass defense and were one of only six teams without double-digit interceptions a season ago.
They also saw four significant secondary contributors depart in free agency.
That unit was getting overhauled and the Cowboys completed it by drafting four defensive backs over the weekend. Time will tell whether they truly improved the back end, but the Cowboys are optimistic.
They got younger and more physical players who fit what defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli wants to do. As owner Jerry Jones put it, “The bullets fit the pistol.”
“We all agreed when the bell rung to end the draft in there that we are better and we’ve got a chance to really improve our secondary from where we’ve been,” Jones said. “Everybody is in agreement in the room right there on that case. Now these guys have got to come in here and play.
“But we’ve got a younger, healthier, young legs out here in that secondary. I think this is going to be positive.”
Three of the secondary pieces the Cowboys selected were among their top-70 prospects going into the draft. They got Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie in the second round, Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis in the third round and traded up in the sixth round to get safety Xavier Woods — a player they considered drafting in the fourth round.
The Cowboys also used a sixth-round pick on Florida State cornerback Marquez White.
Awuzie, Lewis and Woods all have flexibility and are expected to compete for starting jobs in training camp. The only surefire starter seems to be free safety Byron Jones, a 2015 first-round pick.