2012 NFL Draft: The Dallas Cowboys Get Their Man, Pick Morris Claiborne By Glenn Erby NFL Writer The Dallas Cowboys got their man, excep...
By Glenn Erby
NFL Writer

The Dallas Cowboys got their man, except it wasn’t exactly the man I thought they would get. For weeks and minutes leading up to the draft I campaigned for the Cowboys to select Alabama safety Mark Barron.

The Cowboys secondary as a whole has been a mess the past few seasons. Corners who struggle to cover past two seconds, no big play guys, and no presence whatsoever.

With the addition of cornerback Brandon Carr and a solid healthy Mike Jenkins returning, It was my opinion that Barron was a necessity at the safety position to finally solidify that Cowboys backfield.

Well I was wrong. Well...kinda wrong. The Cowboys got that playmaker, that presence, and that solidification all in one pick. Jerry Jones finally showed the stones that I knew he had and used them as a positive. I would never have expected Jones to one move up and get a player he wanted, but also move up almost eight picks to get him.

In Morris Claiborne, he gets the man I feel will bring a Champ Bailey, shutdown corner mentality to the Cowboys. He becomes the Cowboys best corner almost immediately and will bring a champion's attitude. Claiborne is an aggressive corner who is tall and able to use his long frame to frustrate opposing wide receivers.

Claiborne can run with wide receivers, use press/bail techniques, and use his impressive ball skills to make plays in space.

Will Claiborne become an elite level cornerback and future all pro? Yes, I think so. What I know for sure is that tonight the Cowboys' defensive culture changed for the better tonight. Welcome to Dallas Morris and kudos to Jones for finally making a good football decision!

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