Upgrading at safety was one of the Dallas Cowboys' top priorities following the conclusion of the 2012 season. The lack of playmakers at the position had many thinking the Cowboys would draft a safety in the first round last Thursday.
However, when former Longhorn Kenny Vaccaro was selected by the New Orleans Saints at No. 15, the Cowboys had no other safety ranked high enough on their board to warrant pulling the trigger at No. 18.
Instead, the Cowboys waited until the third round, selecting J.J. Wilcox out of Georgia Southern. Wilcox was the seventh safety drafted and ranked in the top five at his position by the Cowboys, likely behind Vaccaro, LSU's Eric Reid and Florida International's John Cyprien.
Perhaps one of the reasons why the Cowboys didn't draft a safety before the third round was because new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's philosophy on the position.
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