Editor's note: The Cowboys want as many first-round talents as they can get. But once Day 1 of the draft passes, Dallas will look next to the second and third rounds to fill gaps.
This is the latest post in NFL draft expert Dane Brugler's "Plan B" series spotlighting second- and third-round players the Cowboys should keep on their radar.
With Byron Jones moving to cornerback, the Cowboys current safety depth chart of Jeff Heath, Kavon Frazier and Xavier Woods is thin. All three are better suited for strong safety responsibilities, leaving a hole at free safety. Florida State's Derwin James would look great with a star on his helmet, but unless the Cowboys package valuable picks to trade into the top-10, James won't be in Dallas. Without another clear-cut option at safety in the first round, the Cowboys should examine day two options, including Wake Forest free safety Jessie Bates.
Scouting report -- Jessie Bates III
School: Wake Forest
Height, weight: 6-1, 200