The Cowboys draft 14th, but who is the best fit for them, regardless where they pick? That is the question we posed to our staff.
Clarence E. Hill Jr., writer: The Cowboys need to improve the secondary, especially at cornerback. Terence Newman is (almost) gone, and they need to replace him opposite Mike Jenkins. Add in the fact that Jenkins will be a free agent after the 2012 season, and the need to draft a quality starter is even more paramount. The best fit would be LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. He will likely be long gone by the time Cowboys draft 14th. Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick and North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins are also quality cornerbacks who would be good fits as well.
Charean Williams, writer: You have to have a quarterback and a pass rush to win a Super Bowl. The Giants showed that. The Cowboys think they have the quarterback. You can debate that if you want. What is not debatable is they have only one pass-rusher. DeMarcus Ware needs help, and Alabama's Courtney Upshaw would be a perfect fit. Upshaw had 17 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks last season.
Carlos Mendez, writer: Juicy question. Well, if I'm the Cowboys, and I can have anybody I want, give me the quarterback. Give me Andrew Luck. He's the best fit, long-term. You've got to have a quarterback in the NFL, and this guy looks like a 12-year franchise at the position. I know the Cowboys have a quarterback. I know he's good enough. But you and I both know he won't be around forever. Four more years? Five? Even if I make my new quarterback wait that long, at least I know I've got him when the time comes. And if my present quarterback doesn't perform, I won't have to wait so long to get my new quarterback's career started. Now if I could just get a tackle, a guard and a center...
David Humphrey, editor: I would go with Morris Claiborne, a cornerback from LSU. He has size, speed and makes plays. His ability to make plays jumps off the scouting report. Another plus is that he played in the SEC and national championship game with the Tigers. The SEC is a mini-version of the NFL. When you stand out on a team of standouts, that's a good thing.