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FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) – With the 213th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Donovan Wilson safety from Texas A&M.

The Cowboys still have two picks in the 2019 NFL draft: 218 in the seventh and 241 in the seventh.

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Enter former Texas A&M Aggies safety Donovan Wilson. The 6-0, 199-pound Shreveport, La., product drew interest from the Cowboys at the Aggies’ pro day on March 26, so much so that Dallas sent safeties coach Greg Jackson and defensive assistant Ken Amato along with their scouts to check out Wilson.

The Shreveport Woodlawn alumnus is not a name that is up there with the likes of Delaware’s Nasir Adderley or Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram. Projected to go near the bottom of the draft, Wilson has been impacted by a sports hernia for which he had surgery and missed the 2018 Gator Bowl.

However, Wilson did not let the injury hold him back at Aggies pro day, recording a 39-inch vertical.

A source close to the Cowboys tells WFAA.com that while Wilson’s pro day was “amazing,” the concern they have is he won’t be ready for NFL training camp if he doesn’t get rest for his hernia surgery.

According to the source, the club knows what Wilson can do on tape; he doesn’t need to prove anything else at the risk of aggravating his sports hernia injury and missing time in a NFL camp. If Wilson rests and heals up, the source says, the former Aggie safety will be fine.

What the Cowboys like about Wilson is his ability to play down in the box. In 2018, a year of eligibility granted to Wilson due to a medical redshirt from 2017, he recorded 67 combined tackles, 5.5 of them for loss, collected 2.0 sacks, intercepted two passes, and deflected two more.

Dallas likes the way Wilson plays in the box, in the intermediate areas, and in zone coverage. The theory behind the way the Cowboys view back end talent is that if they can identify two or three positive traits, they believe they can coach the rest.

“We think he has all the intangibles,” the source told WFAA.com. “We’ll see what happens.”

There has been no confirmation as to whether the Cowboys have brought in Wilson for a workout or as one of their 30 visits. Given the fact the Cowboys would like to see him fully recuperate from his sports hernia surgery, it is safe to presume they wouldn’t want to bring him in for a workout.

Dallas would be in a pickle when it came to taking Wilson. With a fifth-round pick and a seventh-round selection available to them on day three, Dallas would be at risk of taking Wilson too early or missing out on him entirely.

Nonetheless, the moves the Cowboys have made in free agency to shore up the back end allow them to take these kind of risks, both in waiting out for Wilson, and also waiting for Wilson to get healthy enough for training camp.

Do you think the Cowboys are in a good position to select the best player available when they pick in the draft or should they focus on needs?

NASHVILLE, Tenn – Former Woodlawn and Texas A&M safety Donovan Wilson was drafted in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Shreveport native was selected with the 40th pick in that round and 213 overall.

NASHVILLE, Tenn – Former Woodlawn and Texas A&M safety Donovan Wilson was drafted in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Shreveport native was selected with the 40th pick in that round and 213 overall.

Wednesday we found out linebacker Otaro Alaka is doubtful to play in the bowl game, today news comes out that a key member of the secondary will have to watch from the sidelines.

Today Jimbo Fisher told the media in Jacksonville that safety Donovan Wilson is out for the Gator Bowl after having hernia surgery.

Wilson has had tough luck with injuries in his time with the Aggies, missing all but a half of the 2017 season with an ankle injury and missing five games in 2016.

Wilson is the Aggies second leading tackler this season and was given the Aggie Heart Award and the Defensive Leadership Award at the teams annual postseason banquet.

At a certain point, you wondered if the Dallas Cowboys would ever address the safety position in the 2019 NFL Draft.

They came exceedingly close to doing so with the 58th-overall pick, having a lengthy conversation while on the clock about who to select between former Virginia safety Juan Thornhill and University of Central Florida defensive lineman Trysten Hill, but the latter won out in a photo finish. The team understands that unleashing an onslaught of pass rushers can make the secondary better by default, seeing as cornerbacks and safeties would then cover for shorter periods of time and capitalize upon mistakes made by opposing quarterbacks who are under constant duress. And so it went, with the Cowboys’ first five picks passing on the safety position — until they got to the sixth round and saw former Texas A&M standout Donovan Wilson still on the board.

They pulled the trigger quickly, and the subsequent draft call is one of the best you’ll hear.