The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of holes to fill on their roster. Especially on the defensive side, which ranked dead last in the NFL in 2013. And one of the main and most inexpensive ways to fill those voids on any team is through the NFL Draft. And this draft is a bit special in that regard as it features the largest underclassmen group in league history. Quite understandably, most teams will be clamoring to obtain extra picks in order to take advantage of this rare opportunity. And Dallas should be among them.
One of the many ways to get these “extra” picks is via trades. And our friends over at NFL Mocks believe the Cowboys could obtain extra draft picks by trading a player they selected in the first round just two years ago. One who has since underperformed: cornerback Morris Claiborne. And they also think the New York Jets could be the perfect trade partner. Here’s writer Erik Lambert’s explanation:
“Part of trading in the NFL is trying to balance price, age and upside to gain maximum value. That often takes somewhat of a leap of faith by the pursuing team. However, (The Jets) could find tremendous potential in a deal with the Dallas Cowboys for Morris Claiborne. The former #6 overall pick out of LSU has struggled in his first two seasons. He has just two interceptions in that time span and missed six games last year due to injuries. Cowboy fans are already calling him a bust but at age 24 it’s somewhat premature to make that statement. Claiborne is still a tremendous athlete who was a menace for the Tigers in college. Perhaps under the right coach he can realize that awesome potential, and with Dallas working a system that doesn’t quite fit his talents, it could make sense for the two sides to work a deal.”
After an underwhelming rookie campaign, Claiborne lost his starting role last season to veteran corner Orlando Scandrick. Outplaying him for the job, Scandrick landed a two-year extension last December making him a Cowboy until 2018. With he and Brandon Carr now seemingly solidified as starters, Claiborne’s fate has been left in his own hands. Mo still has two years left on his rookie contract and it appears Dallas will give him every opportunity to win back his starting job. They have simply given up too much for him. A second round pick in 2012, to be exact.
But Claiborne has a lot of excuses for his poor play too. Injuries mainly. But considering that poor play and injury-history, Dallas probably wouldn’t get anything more than a third-round pick for Claiborne right now. So it might just be a better idea to hold onto him and see if he can become the playmaking, ball-hawk he was at LSU. But I could see how an offer of a second round pick or higher from the Jets could peak the Cowboys interest.