As I was sitting there watching players fall off the board one by one, I got to thinking, There may be some good talent there at #14 when the Cowboys finally get their pick. The trades were coming in full swing. And as I was viewing the Jacksonville Jaguars trade up and select Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon at the #5 pick, I started asking myself, I wonder if Dallas could make some kind of splash and surprise us all.
And then it was like Jerry Jones himself had heard me. At #6 the St. Louis Rams logo turned into that all familiar star logo we know and love in our Dallas Cowboys. Like most of you, my jaw dropped, I about came out of my chair, and I started yelling. Honestly I had a feeling that the Boys had moved up to select Mark Barron. Especially since he was selected with the very next pick at #7 going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks, No they were going after the best cornerback in the draft, LSU’s very own Morris Claiborne.
Dallas traded their #14 spot along with their 2nd round selection ( 45th overall ) to the Rams to move up to make the pick. But at the end of the day, The War Room were all smiles, and you could tell they were more than satisfied with the trade.
There were several players we had rated high on our board, But he was the only player we were willing to give up, and trade up for ! … Jerry Jones stated in the war room
Claiborne definitely fits the bill as an elite player who will be coming in and starting on day one.
With the new rookie wage table, Claiborne will be playing for roughly $4 million a season when he signs his contract, which sounds relatively cheap comparing to the 5 year deal worth $50 million Brandon Carr signed back in March.
Now the big question remains, what will happen to the likes of Mike Jenkins ? I personally wouldn’t be surprised if the Cowboys keep him since he is playing on his final year of his contract. And besides, The NFL has become a pass happy league here in the last few years, and you just can’t have enough cornerbacks.
Orlando Scandrick was resigned before the season started to a 5 year $27 million extension, so he will most likely remain the #3 cornerback, placing Jenkins on the 4th string.
Then again, I wouldn’t even be surprised that the Cowboys may possibly talk to other teams about acquiring Jenkins for a 2nd round pick, especially since Dallas sent their original 2nd round selection to the Rams to trade up to get Claiborne.
As of Friday evening, The draft will resume into the 2nd round. I am sure the war room will be watching very closely, searching for more value, and possibly throwing in late picks from this draft, or 2013′s draft, and possibly a player or 2 if they see a certain player they feel that can come in and contribute immediately, and make this team that much better.
Dallas is on the right track as of right now. As the picks are selected, along with some possible trades, we will finally have several questions answered. But this will only be the beginning stages to training camp, and a hopeful successful season.