The Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones made their annual splash in this year’s draft. They moved up to the number six spot in the draft to obtain the best defensive player on their board, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Going into the draft, Dallas Cowboy fans were hoping to get a guy who was going to step in and be a starter from day one. We got all of that and more. When they moved up to choose the top defensive back of the draft, I couldn’t help but envision Deion Sanders; a ball hawk on defense and versatile enough to play receiver on offense. The question of interest was: Could Claiborne play receiver as well? According to Claiborne he can.
Here’s what we know: Morris Claiborne has great hands. In fact, he probably has the best ball skills of any other player in the draft. Disputably, could that translate into an occasional receiver position? I mean imagine a fast-moving Claiborne on offense running swiftly towards the end zone, it would be reminiscent of “Primetime” in Dallas. It all sounds exciting, but the main risk is injury (knock on wood). Watching a potential star player limp off the field, a player that Jerry Jones has invested so much confidence in would make for a scary scene. This scenario brings me back to a familiar incident that happened in last season’s opener against the Jets. Although, Mike Jenkins wasn’t on the offensive side of the ball he got blind-sided badly by Plaxico Burress, which left him hurt and in and out of the rotation that game. Which gets to my point about Morris Claiborne, if he is to play some downs on offense there is a much greater chance of him getting one of those nasty blows. I’m sure Rob Ryan wants to see his defensive players doing the hitting, not the other way around.
Realistically, the risk and reward here doesn’t make much sense. Morris Claiborne is better off keeping his focus on the defensive side of the ball where the team truly needs improvement. Although as talented as he may be he is still a rookie, so there is no reason to consider Claiborne as an offensive player. Additionally, Tony Romo has a luxury of talented players to throw to including, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten which all together have enough aptitude to score. Furthermore, many teams don’t have as many targets as the Dallas Cowboys do, so there is no need to risk an injury to possibly one of the best defensive players the Dallas Cowboys have drafted in years. Conclusively, I’m sure Jason Garrett would like to avoid criticism if they lost Claiborne to an offensive injury.