The Dallas Cowboys traded up several spots to draft Morris Claiborne out of LSU when they probably could have stood pat and selected Alabama’s hard-hitting safety Mark Barron. Claiborne, who has struggled with injuries and confidence this season, has lost his starting job to Orlando Scandrick.

According to ESPN Dallas, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett believes Claiborne is struggling with technique, and most importantly, his confidence seems shot.

“I think it’s probably a combination,” Garrett said. “Technically, you go back at each of the completions against him and you say, ‘Hey, you should do this. You should do that.’ But I also think confidence, playing that position, is critical. And usually those two things work hand in hand.

"When you’re playing technically sound and you have ability, you tend to have more and more confidence because you’re in the right place. They went to him too much in this ballgame, and they were too effective. He’s just got to play better, and he will play better.”

The Cowboys expected more from Claiborne as he enters his second season, and considering they could have had some other talented players, it’s imperative for Claiborne to get it together.

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