As we await the Dallas Cowboys training camp – as well as HBO’s Hard Knocks – there are plenty of players and position groups that are often discussed as the most interesting ones to watch. Being one of the weakest position groups on the team, cornerback is among the most talked-about positions on the Cowboys.
Trevon Digg’s second-year improvement is going to be fun to watch. It’ll also be fun to discover how Jourdan Lewis will look like if he ends up playing on the slot for Dan Quinn’s defense. But the most intriguing player is not one of the team’s veterans.
Instead, it’s the Cowboys’ second-round draft pick Kelvin Joseph, out of Kentucky.
As we wait for the opening practice of training camp on July 22nd, we still don’t know much about Joseph. We know that he’s a talented prospect whose draft stock took a hit for maturity issues and effort level concerns. But based purely on talent, some even projected him as a potential late first-round draft pick.
Joseph has the physical tools to play outside, though. He’s quick, agile, aggressive at the catch point, and turns his head. There’s a reason why many believe a strong training camp would make him a candidate to start for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021.
The main reason why we haven’t heard much about Joseph is the fact that he missed some time during the offseason due to COVID-19. Although he participated in minicamp, the Cowboys’ rookie missed a significant portion of the early spring work.
At any position, the transition from college to the NFL usually takes time. But cornerback is perhaps one of the most difficult transitions to complete as there’s a lot more to process.
Recently, the Dallas Cowboys staff writers answered the question of whether or not Joseph would find his way into the team’s Top 3 cornerbacks. Their consensus answer was a negative one for the rookie.
“Second-round draft pick Kelvin Joseph has a lot of talent and I think he’ll end up playing quite a bit over the full 17-game schedule. But based on the very small sample size we saw in OTAs, it’s hard not to go with the veteran group of Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis heading into training camp.” – rob phillips
Of course, this isn’t only a matter of how well Kelvin Joseph does in the Cowboys’ training camp, but a matter of Anthony Brown.
Brown has never been a big name in the NFL, but he’s an experienced cornerback who’s had his moments throughout his career. And even if he hasn’t been a part of any great defenses, he’s proven to be starting material. The Cowboys might feel better about playing it safe with Brown instead of rolling the dice with a rookie.
But Kelvin Joseph’s talent is clear and he should make things interesting once training camp comes around later this month.
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