MORRIS CLAIBORNE (2012 RD 1) VS. DWAYNE BOWE (2007 RD 1)
In this matchup we not only have 2 first-round draft picks squaring off, both players were also All-American college stars for LSU. I assume there will be some bragging rights at stake in this one.
Dwayne Bowe has certainly carved a name for himself as a top NFL receiver. He’s averaged 955 yards and 7 TD’s a season over a 6-year career. 3 times he crossed the 1,000 yard mark, while also posting 23 TD’s over the last 3 seasons.
Bowe is a big, physical WR with almost identical size and speed as Dez Bryant. He stands 6’2, 221 with a 4.51 NFL combine 40-yd dash time. Bryant ran a 4.52 at the NFL combine, and offers a 6’2, 222 frame.
It’s a good thing right cornerback Morris Claiborne has covered Dez Bryant often in practice over his short time in Dallas. From my observations of Claiborne during his rookie year, I’d say bigger WR’s with less flash speed fit his game the best.
While Mo is not considered an elite player yet by any means, most agree he is headed that way with a little more seasoning. This may be a tough match-up for him beyond Bowe’s prowess and experience. Mo is banged up even further with a new shoulder concern suffered in Week 1.