Sep 21, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerbackMorris Claiborne
(24) celebrates with defensive endTyrone Crawford
(98) after intercepting a pass during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Cowboys defeated the Rams 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Like I’ve written many times this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys should draft a defensive player with their first round selection. Whether it be they stay pat with the 27th overall selection, or trade to a different spot in the opening round of the 2015 NFL Draft, defense must be the direction they travel once the draft arrives.
The Cowboys need to improve on that side of the ball in a big way, because they can’t rely on the offense to make the big plays week-in and week-out.
There are many options for the Cowboys if they draft a defensive player in the first round, because since we’re all friends here we can be honest and say the Cowboys need upgrades, depth or both at all positions on the defense.
The Cowboys defense usually seems to be bitten by the injury bug very often as the season progresses. Last year it didn’t even take the season to begin before they lost linebacker Sean Lee for the entire year with a torn ACL, and during the season they lost cornerback Morris Claiborne with a season-ending knee injury in Week 4.
Speaking of Claiborne (and Barry Church who didn’t live up to expectations either) and the Cowboys’ cornerback position, if I were making the first-round selection for this team it would be a new cornerback for the defense.
On the other hand, let’s say the Cowboys look elsewhere in Round 1, that leaves them with six more opportunities to either find their next starting cornerback, or if anything else, picks to rebuild some quality depth at the cornerback position.
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Here is my list of various cornerbacks the Cowboys should select if they decide to draft that position in a given round.
Don’t forget, the Cowboys traded this year’s sixth round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for Rolando McClain last year, but the Cowboys do have two chances to take a cornerback in the seventh round.
I don’t believe the Cowboys will take more than two cornerbacks in this draft, but here are options at the position for the team as the draft continues to near.
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