We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Cowboys' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 11, safeties
Will Malik Hooker remain healthy for another season? He now has the status of an unquestioned starter, but the reason that the Indianapolis Colts let him walk away even with his enormous amount of talent is that he seemed to always be hurt. He had no such issues with the Cowboys in 2021, but it's not a guarantee by any means.
Jayron Kearse is the other starter and his job is unquestioned, especially as not many players do his hybrid safety/linebacker role as well as him, who finished the season with over 100 tackles. While it's true that he's not the greatest player in the world in regards to a more traditional role, the way that defensive coordinator Dan Quinn sets up his safeties does wonders for his skill set.
If any of these two guys go down, safety Donovan Wilson will take over - he can play both spots at the back of the defense, even though he's not really good in neither of them. Undrafted free agent Markquese Bell has a good shot of making the 53-man roster after receiving a hefty bonus to sign with the team after the draft.
Safeties room grade: 3/5. There are two guys who should do just fine in their own specific roles, but neither of them is a star and, if they get hurt, things will be really difficult for Dallas.