The second strategy I believe in is drafting for needs that will occur in the future. Everyone knows the Cowboys have needs across the defensive line, but where else? I believe the cornerback position is a sneaky need for the Cowboys and one that isn’t being discussed because of the recent resources that have been spent at the position.
The Cowboys traded up to draft Mike Jenkins in 2008 (left team after 2012 season), traded a first and second for Morris Claiborne and gave multi-year contracts to Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick. They also drafted B.W. Webb in the fourth round last year and were still the 30th ranked pass defense in the NFL last season. Cornerback is not a strength on this team. But I want to peak into the future a little and look at the Cowboys’ cornerbacks going into next season. See if you notice anything on this chart:
Two things stand out to me when I look at this. The first is that Brandon Carr needs to have an excellent season in 2014 to be on the team in 2015. As of now, Carr has the highest cap number for the 2014 season and the second highest in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons. I think there is a very real chance that Carr is cut after the 2014 season if he isn’t a top 15 cornerback this season.
And the second being that this team has no size at corner outside of Carr. Morris Claiborne does have exceptionally long arms, but he needs to be able to stay on the field. Overall, I think this is a very average group of cornerbacks, despite the costs and draft picks that were spent on the unit.