Meet Xavier Woods
The Dallas Cowboys engineered a trade (of next year's fifth) selected Xavier Woods with a 6th round (No. 191 overall) selection. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 5’11 197 lbs
Rankings: CBSSports.com ranked Xavier Woods as the 156th overall prospect, and the seventh overall safety in the 2017 draft.
The skinny: After drafting two corners on day two of the NFL Draft, the Cowboys were still looking to add some help at safety to replace Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, who they lost in free agency earlier this spring. Woods is a three-time First Team All-Conference USA selection, and was a major player for Louisiana Tech since the beginning of his rookie season.
What Cowboys are getting: Woods’ college coaches are on-record as being enthralled with his work ethic, intensity and leadership skills. In those regards, he definitely fits Jerry Jones’ wants in the “War Daddy” department.
But Woods also has a tremendous amount of high-level physical measureables, and was extremely productive at the safety position throughout his career. Woods runs a 4.54 40-yard dash, has a 33.5-inch vertical leap, a 10’2 broad jump, ran the shuttle in 4.13, and the three-cone drill in 6.72 seconds. So the Measurables are there.
As far as production goes, in four years at Louisiana Tech, Woods notched 272 total tackles, and 20.5 tackles for loss. He also had four career sacks (three in his senior season), has five career forced fumbles, and had 14 career interceptions to his name. That’s some pretty major production too.
Woods has great ball skills, can track the ball well in the air, and has good instincts in coverage. He can also dish out a lot of punishment in run support, as well as on receivers coming across the middle. He is drawn to ball carriers, and can really rack up the tackle numbers at a high rate.
As a safety, Woods is a little bit on the smaller size, and tends to be a better hitter than a tackler overall. He needs to find a way to improve his speed between the boundaries, and also can be a bit slow to change direction. Finally, he tends to focus on the quarterbacks eyes a little too much at times, so he can be fooled if a quarterback looks off his receiver down the field.
Brian Broaddus, Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin Turner and the rest of our favorite guys at 105.3 The Fan are all big fans of Xavier’s skill set. ... and thought of him as third-round-worthy. So it's a "steal'' on paper. They do their homework, so Cowboys Nation should be pretty excited as well.
Grades: CBSSports.com gives Dallas an A for their sixth round selection of Woods.
Galatzan’s Take: Dallas continues to make excellent picks with the selection of Woods here. As I stated before, they desperately needed to find a viable replacement for J.J. Wilcox, and Woods has the Ball Skills, talent and production to be exactly that. He will be a ball hawk, and solid run game defender for the Cowboys, and Dallas fans should be extremely excited that Woods fell into their laps here.
Overall Grade: A