An important trait for athletes across all competitive sports is having the unique ability to compete at a high level at multiple positions. Some people would define this skill as — versatility — however, I characterize this as Dallas Cowboys rookie safety, Israel Mukuamu.

The 6’4″ defensive back out of South Carolina has shown early flashes of what he can bring to an NFL roster. Mukuamu’s rare combination of size, length, and athleticism alone should be enough for him to make a 53-man roster. Dallas cannot make the mistake of letting Mukuamu wear another jersey.

Having a player in the secondary that can play any position and find success in each and every one of those positions is rare. During each of the last two preseason games, 38 is lining up all over the field. With a secondary as inexperienced as the Dallas Cowboys, Mukuamu should be a no-brainer.

Injuries are a major part of the NFL. The Cowboys are no strangers to the injury bug and having a guy who can be inserted across the secondary in case injuries do happen is invaluable.

Right now Mukuamu looks to be on the bubble in terms of securing a roster spot. While his versatility makes him an attractive player, it is also working against him. Although Mukuamu can line up all over the field, he is not as proficient in those positions as other players. The rookie just made the switch to safety this year, he still has a lot to learn, but he is already showing prodctivity.

After the loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Pro Football Focus had Mukuamu as the highest-graded rookie safety after two preseason games.

The Dallas Cowboys will add anywhere from seven to eight cornerbacks and four safeties. Mukuamu will have to snatch a spot from guys like Darian Thompson or Jayron Kearse. Although the sixth-round pick played corner in college, he is listed as a safety. For the rookie to get the edge over Kearse or Thompson, he will have to impress coaches on special teams.

Although Mukuamu is a little slow, he is capable tackler in the open field. His size aids his effort when making an open-field tackle. The safety will be serviceable on special teams, which is all he needs to do. He will have to keep up his high level play to earn the backup safety spot.

Versatility tips the scale from turing a good defender into a great one. Dallas just needs to give Mukuamu a chance, because if the Cowboys let him walk, someone will give the rookie a real shot.

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