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Risk/Reward for Morris Claiborne; Cowboys Suddenly Have CB Depth

Posted By David Willow On May 11 2012 @ 4:12 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments

With the Cowboys trade to move up in the draft to grab one of the top ranked CBs coming out this season in Morris Claiborne, the team was addressing a glaring issue that has plagued the team in recent seasons. Paired with the drafting of Tyron Smith last season, who’s move to the left tackle position which sends Doug Free to the right side and puts both players in a more natural fit for each, it seems that the Cowboys under Jason Garrett have addressed two of their weakest spots on the team over the last 3 seasons.

The Cowboys will leave a large margin of error after taking the standout corner coming out of LSU, who is touted as being an “elite” type of talent who could be a shutdown corner in the NFL and was also listed as the highest rated corner to come out since Deion Sanders, whom many Cowboy fans surely remember. Claiborne, who also infamously scored a 4 out of 50 (that’s a grade of 8% out of 100) on the Wonderlic test, will wear the tag of questionable intelligence, be it deserved or not, likely throughout his career. Another concern would be his high 40 time at the combine which was a high 4.47. Though it may be an aberration the NFL is full of speedy players who will burn up a secondary that is just a step slower, and his pension for laziness, which some have cited him for, could be an issue going forward if not resolved early. It is that laziness that could have resulted in the low Wonderlic as well, as Claiborne reportedly stated he just gave up on the test when he decided it wasn’t football related. However, in this case the score on the Wonderlic will probably not be that important as a player this highly regarded should be well worth the risk the Cowboys took in moving up to get him.

The question now remains in what to do with the sudden depth in the secondary. The team now has Morris Claiborne (who wasn’t drafted that high to come in as a nickel CB), Brandon Carr (not signed for $50 million to ride the bench either), Orlando Scandrick (signed an extension last season), and Mike Jenkins (maybe the odd man out). Jenkins is in a contract season and though Jerry Jones has said that they will not trade Jenkins and they want to try to resign him, the likelihood is that this will be Jenkins’ last season. So what will the team do with this depth? If Claiborne lives up to anything near the hype surrounding him and no injuries occur, Jerry would be wise to think long and hard about getting some value out of Jenkins in a trade before the season ends.

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