Versatile defensive backs is the way in today’s NFL, and the Dallas Cowboys could certainly use some help in that regard.
We have seen it all across the league in recent years: defensive backs that have the ability to cover receivers and the size to play in the box. Isaiah Simmons was drafted in the top-10 because of that. Though smaller, Tyrann Matheiu certainly offers that kind of versatility as well.
The Cowboys will have multiple defensive backs hit free agency this year. It remains which ones, if any, the team will bring back. Chidobe Awuzie is a candidate to be back in the secondary next year, but it is far from certain.
That is even more of a reason for the Cowboys to target versatile defensive backs for Dan Quinn’s unit this offseason.
Virginia Tech’s Divine Deablo fits the bill.
Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley is arguably the top player at the position in the 2021 NFL Draft prospect. His athletic ability and upside makes him a top-10 prospect and a likely Dallas Cowboys target.
That said, Farley is not the only former Hokies defensive back that could be on the Dallas Cowboys’ radar come draft time.
Divine Deablo is a player that brings versatility and big game experience. He possesses a 6-foot-3 and 227-pound frame that will certainly be attractive to NFL decision makers.
The wide receiver-turned-defensive back was invited to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl, a big opportunity to showcase his talent in front of scouts after making 206 tackles and grabbing six interceptions on the collegiate level.
Deablo is a prospect that Dallas Cowboys fans should get familiar with. He has the talent to play defensive back, but he also has the ability to play some linebacker on the next level. That makes him a very intriguing prospect in today’s NFL.
The Virginia Tech product joined the Talkin’ The Draft podcast on the Blogging The Boys network. He discussed his recruiting process, what he learned at the Senior Bowl, his relationship with Caleb Farley, and much more.
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