By Adam Collins
Xavier Woods was a complete steal in the 6th round of the NFL Draft. Many people projected him to be a 3rd or 4th round selection and he fell to us in the 6th! The 5’1” 219 lb safety may seem like a little man, but if you watch his tape with Louisiana Tech you will see he plays with a chip on his shoulder. This man is one of the best hitting safeties coming out of college that I’ve seen in awhile. Not only is he a human hit stick, but he is also a ballhawk on the field. His toughness and ball skills are exactly what the Dallas Cowboys defense needs.
Now instead of just raving about him to you guys, let me back it up with his stats. Xavier Woods’ stats are going to blow you away, so brace yourself. Woods started for 4 seasons at LA Tech totaling 272 tackles (181 solo and 91 assisted), 20.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 14 interceptions (344 return yards and 2 TD’s). In both 2014 and 2016, Woods led Conference USA in interceptions. Now I know you may be thinking to yourself, “Okay his stats are really good but he plays in Conference USA so that’s not great competition” and you may be right, but if you watch the tape on Woods you will see that he's on a different level than the competition he's playing with. This guy is on another level and I’m not quite sure how teams passed on him 6 times. I still do expect our starting safeties for the upcoming season to be Byron Jones and Jeff Heath, but I would not be surprised at all if Xavier Woods finds himself on the field this upcoming season. He has skills and athleticism that can’t be taught. The Cowboys got a big steal in the 6th round and it wouldn’t surpise me if Xavier Woods was one of the best safeties in the league in a few years. Don't believe me, check out his tape yourself: https://twitter.com/DemBoyz_News/status/858414496343261184.
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