Another Pac-12 defensive back has been selected! Meet Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, the newest draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys. Awuzie was selected 28th overall in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Awuzie could fit into new roles for Dallas.
“I’m a cornerback that thinks like a Mike linebacker,” he told SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner in an interview.
Awuzie is a versatile player, capable of lining up both outside and in the slot. He played all four positions in the secondary in Boulder. He’s proficient at man coverage, using his speed and first step to stick to opposing receivers. Awuzie is also good at roaming the field and snuffing out the play, often being one of the first defensive backs to stop a runner.
Awuzie is the fifth Pac-12 defensive back talent taken in the second round. Washington’s Kevin King was taken first by the Green Bay Packers. The Arizona Cardinals picked Washington safety Budda Baker. Utah safety Marcus Williams ended up with the New Orleans Saints. Washington cornerback Sidney Jones was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles.