A few have suggested that the Dallas Cowboys might move up in the 2012 Draft, but almost nobody counted on what happened.
Several thought that Alabama safety Mark Barron would be gone by the #14 pick, so the draft gurus started saying that Dallas would take a defensive tackle. One name thrown out there was LSU DT Michael Brockers.
Right team, wrong player.
Jerry Jones and team sent their #14 pick and their #45 pick in the second round to St. Louis to acquire LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. He was the highest-rated corner in the draft and joins a secondary that features another former first-round pick in Mike Jenkins.
Claiborne is a former receiver, and his ball and cover skills have been rated as “exceptional.” He missed only one game in the past two years. He won the Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back and helped to lead LSU to an SEC title. Some had Claiborne going as high as #3 to the Minnesota Vikings.
He joins Jenkins, Brandon Carr, and Orlando Scandrick. Given that Dallas gave Carr more than $50 million and given that the team signed Scandrick a long-term deal last year, they are not going anywhere. However, Jenkins has not evolved as hoped since his solid 2009 season, and he has battled injuries. The Cowboys might try to add more picks by trading Jenkins.
- Dallas Cowboys owner coy on draft, but four players circled in first round (star-telegram.com)
- NFL Draft Rumors: Latest Draft-Day Buzz from Around the League (bleacherreport.com)
- Averaging The Mocks 5.0: Mark Barron The Favorite For Dallas Cowboys (bloggingtheboys.com)
- Morris Claiborne and the Tampa-2 scheme (espn.go.com)
- 2012 NFL Draft Rumors: Vikings Eyeing Morris Claiborne (minnesota.sbnation.com)