In a completely, “out of character” move, as of late, for Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys selected DB from LSU, Morris Claiborne in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. A bold trade from a pre-seeded number fourteen vaulted them into a position at number six to increase not only the depth, but a potential starter at the defensive back position.
The Cowboys acquired Brandon Carr from the Kansas Chiefs in an off-season acquisition and all but solidified the role that was left by the release of former corner back Terrence Newman. Newman, a first round pick in 2003 has been suspect of late in the terms of productivity. Injuries for the most part have plagued Newman in recent years.
The Cowboys secondary was at best less than average in 2011 being criticized and ridiculed for the disappointing losses in the waning moments of several games in the 2011 regular season.
Newly acquired Defensive Coordinator, Rob Ryan, was given the daunting task of reviving a less than average secondary with young, inexperienced players and that of broke down aging veterans.
In a surprising move, Jerry Jones, arguably the “real” Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys, made a bold trade up in the first round of the draft. Let us not take away the talents of Jason Garrett, his abilities and the new culture he has instilled at “Jerry World”.
Jason Garrett is a good evaluator of talent and was a student and player of arguably one of the best ever in the business in former Cowboys Head Coach and three time Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champion Jimmy Johnson. The drafting of a player like Morris Claiborne and his closing abilities on wide receivers at the precise moment of the delivery of the football, along with his all out speed and ball handling skills makes him a viable threat to opposing offenses. Personally, I would not be surprised to see him in the return game to give future star Wide Receiver, Dez Bryant a breather. Claiborne has the ability to make plays from anywhere on the field and his contributions should have an immediate impact.
The Dallas Cowboys have doubled their strength at the corner back position which will take the pressure off the offense in critical moments of the game. The experienced Brandon Carr and the motivation of Morris Claiborne looking to make a big impression, in my opinion, will have opposing Quarterbacks thinking twice before they throw the football to either side of the field against the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 !