Don’t forget about the X-factor, Xavier Woods.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Dallas Cowboys draft pick that was more universally celebrated in the moment that it happened than Xavier Woods two years ago.
Don’t get me wrong, there have been guys that people have pounded the proverbial table for, but when Dallas traded up to land Xavier in the sixth round of all places in 2017, people were quite stoked.
Unfortunately for Woods, any hope of him emerging as the starting free safety for the Cowboys in his second season was cast aside by fans everywhere at the mere thought of Earl Thomas. Thanks to Thomas injecting himself into the conversation when he did, Woods was fighting against a legend. It was an un-winnable battle for him.
Woods is a quiet guy, a silent assassin if you will. Coincidentally (maybe not so much) the mothership dropped an interview with him on the day that Thomas chose the Baltimore Ravens in free agency. Woods has heard the Earl chants, and he’s ready to silence them, too.