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2020 NFL mock draft: Dallas Cowboys select CB Kristian Fulton

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The Cowboys look to fill the void left by Byron Jones’ departure.

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The Dallas Cowboys are the almighty foe of the Detroit Lions. Even though they aren’t division rivals, they have played in some of the most iconic and frustrating games of the Lions modern era.

And although the Cowboys are viewed upon as a much more stable and consistent franchise, the two teams have not seen much success in the past two decades. The Cowboys have won a couple of playoff games, but haven’t been to conference championship game since 1995, when they last won a Super Bowl.

Now the Cowboys are up in our Pride of Detroit Community Mock, and it’s up to interim general manager Kerryon My Wayward Son to finally get the Cowboys back to the top.

Here’s Kerryon with the 17th pick in the draft.

“With the 17th pick in the 2020 POD mock draft the Cowboys select Kristian Fulton, cornerback, LSU. With Byron Jones leaving in free agency, the Cowboys starting corners are Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis. That’s not great Bob. For a team looking to make a playoff run in 2020, some major changes need to happen to the cornerback room. That’s were Kristian Fulton comes in.

Fulton has been an outstanding player for the LSU defense over the last few years and was a part of a dynamic cornerback pairing with Derek Stingley that helped lead LSU to a national championship in 2019. The one word that comes to mind when watching Fulton is sticky. Fulton played predominantly man coverage at LSU, and that is where he really excels. He allows little separation and is quite polished with his footwork. Even against NFL caliber receivers in the SEC, guys flat out struggled to get any open against him. In coverage, Fulton is almost always tight to his receiver and even when he is beaten, he never panics, and his athleticism can help him into the play.

Some of my concerns with Fulton are his limited snaps in zone coverage (although he did perform well in them), his less than stellar run defense, and his 2016 NCAA suspension for using someone else’s sample for a drug test.

Fulton was a bit of a worst-case scenario for me at #17, as I was really hoping for Javon Kinlaw, CJ Henderson, or K’Lavon Chaisson to fall to me, but Fulton is in no way a poor consolation prize. An EDGE rusher to go opposite of DeMarcus Lawrence and a center to replace Travis Frederick were also in consideration, but Fulton was the best player available (other than Herbert) and was at a position of need. With his natural coverage ability, Fulton has the potential to be a CB1 at the next level and adds a premier talent to a Cowboys secondary that needs all the help they can get.”

Catch up with all the picks from our POD Community Mock here.

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