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The Cowboys finally nab a safety; Texas A&M’s Donovan Wilson taken in the sixth round

The Cowboys came into the 2019 NFL Draft looking to take a safety with their first pick.

They went with Central Florida defensive tackle Trysten Hill in the second round, 58th overall, on Friday instead.

155 picks went by, including four by the Cowboys, before they finally nabbed a safety, Texas A&M’s Donovan Wilson in the sixth round, 213 overall.

Wilson posted 207 tackles, five sacks, eight interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his career at Texas A&M.

It continues a recent trend by the Cowboys of targeting safeties late in the draft rather than investing an early pick on one.

Wilson is unlikely to compete with George Iloka, Jeff Heath or Kavon Frazier for the starting job at strong safety opposite Xavier Woods as a rookie.

He needs to come in and make a name for himself on special teams first.

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.