Draft Profile: Chidobe Awuzie
Meet Chidobe Awuzie
The Dallas Cowboys selected Chidobe Awuzie with their second round (No. 60 overall) selection on Friday night. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6’0 202lbs
Rankings: CBS Sports Ranked Awuzie as the 27th overall prospect and the fourth overall cornerback in the 2017 Class.
The quote: "I'm a baller period, no matter where you put me" - Awuzie, to 105.3 The Fan, moments after he was selected.
The skinny: The Cowboys needed to improve their pass defense heading into this year’s draft, and considering their cover two pass defense scheme, they picked a great fit in Awuzie. At Colorado, Awuzie was a monster, playing multiple positions in the secondary while racking up tackles and punishing the guy with the ball at a very consistent rate. The staff will need to work with him in a couple of areas, including tracking the ball in the air, but with a staff like they have in Dallas, that should be a smooth fix.
What Cowboys are getting: Dallas is getting a bulldog in the secondary, that will punish ball carriers, help in the run game, but also has the athletic gifts to stay with receivers on the outside. He is fluid in his movements, he can jam well at the line, and has enough confidence on an island to be relied upon as a lock down corner.
Awuzie was uber-productive in four years at Colorado, amassing 265 total tackles, 25 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and nine sacks. He only came away with three interceptions over that time, but had 11 passes defended in 2016 (5th best in the Pac 12) and had 25 pass deflections in his career (6th best in the Pac 12 over that time).
Jerry said he wanted “War Daddies” on the defensive side of the ball in this year’s draft, and with Awuzie, he will have that in, in a DB body. He might not be ready to man an island full time from the jump as a rookie, but with Orlando Scandrick and Nolan Carroll as the veterans on the outside, Awuzie will be able to use his skills to thrive in the slot. He will help out tremendously in the short passing game, as well as the run game for Dallas next season, and has every bit of potential you want out of a defensive back to eventually turn into a lock down corner if developed correctly.
Grades: CBS Sports gave Dallas a Solid A for the selection of Awuzie, while Sports Illustrated grades Dallas with an A-
Galatzan’s Take: I absolutely LOVE this pick. There was a lot of want around Cowboys’ media personalities for Cordrea Tankersley and Fabian Moreau, and for good reason. However, I don’t see how anybody could be upset with the Awuzie here. ... especially if you understand Dallas' "Taco Combo Platter'' strategy. (Click here.) The current Cowboys secondary personnel (another safety still needed though), will allow Awuzie to have a nice easy transition into the NFL, while also allowing him to make an instant impact from the jump. Worth including in this mix: The Fish exclusive interview with another CB, vet Orlando Scandrick, who tells us that he is on the Cowboys trade block. That scoop is here.
Grade on Awuzie: A