Grading the Dallas Cowboys: The Defensive Backs

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Morris Claiborne

When looking at the Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backs there are bound be mixed emotions. On one hand there is an incredible amount of promise. On the other hand, are scores of broken promises. I suppose in suggesting the latter I need to start with the guy most feel has the most promise and has fallen the shortest of his promise at the same time. Iwant to apologize up front for a rather short article this week. We are having Internet access problems right now. It keeps crashing, so I am rushing a little.

Of course that is Morris Claiborne. It is impossible to ignore the fact that the Dallas Cowboys traded up to grab Mo. That means they gave up something that they could have had. When that happens, you’d better have instant stardom, or the natives are going to get restless. When you put the man in the same jersey that was worn by one of the Cowboys all time unsung heroes, Everson Walls, it makes it a little bit worse to come up short.

In fairness to Mo, his coming up short in 2013 was largely due to injury. However, it is impossible to ignore the fact that he was not our best CB despite being the one it is expected of the most. Even more than his bookend, Brandon Carr. You see, when you are the 6th pick in the Draft, and as I mentioned, the team has traded up to get you, expectations are rightfully high. To this point Mo has been the exact opposite of Walls, who came into Dallas as an Undrafted Free Agent and promptly led the NFL in Interceptions with 11 as a rookie.

Let’s face it, when the team is 8-8 for three straight years and the former Head Coach is pointing out on Twitter that his teams did better than the current Head Coach, you’d be crazy to think Mo wouldn’t face some heavy scrutiny. This is after all America’s Team, and the spotlight shines brightest in the center of the NFL Universe. When you are a number 1 pick, considered a blue chip, and even considered the “best defensive player” in your draft class, you’d better produce.

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