The Cowboys likely will consider a cornerback with the ninth overall pick, despite having two former first-round picks as their starters. Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins didn't have their best seasons. Newman, according to STATS, Inc., gave up the sixth-most yards and tied for giving up the 10th-most catches, allowing 58 receptions for 871 yards and three touchdowns. Jenkins allowed the second-most yards and tied for allowing the 14th-most catches, with 54 receptions for 935 yards and five touchdowns.
Both were Pro Bowlers in 2009.
Jenkins, who was in only his third season in 2010, looked like he was ready to become one of the NFL's elite cornerbacks with the way he played in his second season. But he regressed last season. Still, cornerbacks coach Dave Campo hasn't given up on Jenkins, saying Jenkins just needs to regain his confidence.
"I think he hit a bump in the road," Campo said. "I really think it's a bump in the road. I don't think he has to climb over the mountain. I think he has to come back with a resolve that he's going to start out a little quicker. This scheme is going to force him to do that in some ways, because it's a little bit more knowing what everybody else is doing, not only yourself. I think that forces everybody to be more focused on everything that's going on. I think that's an advantage of a change. And so, for him, I think he made strides during the season to come back off a slow start, and I think he played better at the end."
LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, the draft's top-rated cornerback, is expected to be gone by the time the Cowboys draft. But Nebraska's Prince Amukamara could be there.
-- Charean Williams