Draft experts Mike Mayock, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper have all said over the last week that they would consider a safety with the Dallas Cowboys’ 16th overall pick in next week’s draft. Mayock talked up Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix during a Thursday conference call. McShay and Kiper both have Louisville safety Calvin Pryor going to the Cowboys in the mock drafts they released Tuesday. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones doesn’t seem to be as down on the position as those three experts. Jones said Friday that J.J. Wilcox, the 80th overall pick in last year’s draft, could be the guy to make an impact at the safety spot opposite of Barry Church, the team’s leading tackler in 2013. “J.J. Wilcox had an outstanding training camp, and the day his mother passed, he was actually promoted to be the starter,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “Everybody deals with adversity in different ways, especially a heartfelt loss like losing your mother. No one knows how anyone’s going to respond to that, and obviously he was very close to his mother who had been sick, and had taken very wonderful care of her and was obviously just a terrible, gut-wrenching loss for him. I just think it took him a while to respond. But toward the end of the year, I think we were starting to see flashes of the J.J. that we saw in camp.” Wilcox played in 13 games his rookie year, starting five. He totaled 38 tackles with eight coming against Denver in Week 5. But he lost his starting spot to undrafted rookie Jeff Heath in Week 8 and never regained it.
Good chance J.J. Wilcox is Dallas Cowboys’ other starting safety
Dallas Morning News | May 3