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CB: Brandon Carr
CB: Orlando Scandrick
CB: Morris Claiborne
SS: Barry Church
FS: Matt Johnson
The Cowboys secondary is set at both starting cornerback positions, nickel cornerback and strong safety. In all likelihood, Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick will start outside, with Scandrick moving into the slot in nickel situations and Morris Claiborne playing out wide.
Barry Church is locked in as the starting strong safety, but the free safety position is totally up for grabs. J.J. Wilcox and Jeff Heath got time there last season, and an early-round rookie is always a possibility. My choice will be an unpopular one, but it's a player the Cowboys still really like in Matt Johnson.
Johnson has obviously been unable to stay healthy for Dallas and, if he gets injured again this year, his time with the Cowboys will come to an end. But since the Cowboys have a number of second- and third-tier players vying for playing time, they're likely to give Johnson a chance to overcome his past injury history.
If he can stay on the field, Johnson has a highly underrated skill set on which he can cash in. Take a look at how Johnson compares to 2013 first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro from a purely athletic standpoint:
Johnson: 6'1", 215 pounds, 4.52 40-yard dash, 10-1 broad jump, 4.07 short shuttle, 6.84 three-cone drill, 38-inch vertical, 18 reps
Vaccaro: 6'0", 214 pounds, 4.63 40-yard dash, 10-1 broad jump, 4.06 short shuttle, 6.78 three-cone drill, 38-inch vertical, 15 reps
Johnson is the Cowboys' most athletic safety and, if he can remain healthy (admittedly a huge 'if'), he has a good chance to be starting for Dallas in 2014.