Just when you thought he had learned from past risks, there was Jerry on Thursday night and not trading down but up to land the player the Dallas Cowboys rated as the second best player in the entire NFL draft.
The Cowboys moved up from No. 14 to No. 6 to acquire LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne, who won the Thorpe Award last season. (FYI - Recently waived Cowboys DB Terence Newman won the Thorpe Award at Kansas State.)
Love the player, hate the fact the Cowboys gave up their second round pick to acquire him. Even though this team has a history of missing on second round picks, the Cowboys need more good bodies. My preference was quality at No. 14 and No. 45, but ... as Jerry says, "That's as dead as Napoleon."
This leaves the Cowboys with Mike Jenkins, Claiborne, Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr to man the corner positions. This is also a clear shot at Jenkins to get healthy and have a career year, or his replacement is right next to him.
Adding Claiborne should, in theory, give Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan the man-on-man cover corner he needs to be able to bring an extra defender to pressure the quarterback. The Cowboys were painfully exposed at this position last season when Newman could no longer keep up with top receivers.
Can't argue with Claiborne's talent and ability; he was rated as the very best corner in this draft. It was just an awful lot to get him.
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