Here is the real truth about grading the Dallas Cowboys' 2012 draft class: We don't have a clue. Grading an incoming draft class is almost as accurate as those college football recruiting rankings. They are very fun to read, but should be taken with a grain of a salt truck.
Because no one can really know:
a. How a player is going to react to being on his own as a young adult.
b. If he cares any more about playing a game he has played probably since he was five.
c. If he has already reached his ceiling.
d. How the NFL lifestyle is going to affect him.
e. If he is done growing.
f. How he is going to react to being punched in the mouth for the first time by a 33-year-old trying to protect his six-figure salary.
g. What he is going to do when his coodinator or position coach who likes another guy instead, and playing time is altered because of it.
h. What is going to happen when he is the focus of adulation, or the wrath of fans and media.
These and so many other variables are going to affect Morris Claiborne, Kyle Wilber, Matt Johnson and the rest of the 2012 Dallas Cowboys' draft class that if anyone at Valley Ranch could accurately predict their future performance he is wasting his time in the NFL. Go straight to Wall Street, or Vegas.
Considering what the Dallas Cowboys gave up to acquire him, Mo Claiborne must be a star. As for the rest? Three of these guys need to be solid replacements, and eventually comprise the "guts" of the team for this to be called a "good' draft.
Love Claiborne's talent, don't love what it took to acquire him. The Cowboys were not one player away last year to give away another potentially high caliber player in the second round. Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford is going to need to get bigger.
And the rest? Matt Johnson is going to have every single opportunity to prove he can play.
For the sake of fun ... go with a B. Hope half of them stick.
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