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Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) wears a shoulder harness as he motions to get the crowd louder against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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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.

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  • Old Frog

    I like both of these themes – continue to build the O line and take a long, hard look at Verrett.

  • Jack Farguson

    With a draft as deep as this years and the picks they have, hopefully we can get a lot done. I agree that we need to continue to pack the Oline, but it doesn’t have to be 1st round. Lets hope to get the best man available for the positions that we need however they fall.

  • bill

    Moses won’t make it out of the 30s although I would love to get him. wouldn’t be surprised if donald, barr, and ealy are gone when boys pick if they trade down and get him. Id rather him them martin but then they would def need to get someone like will sutton or trade up and get hagemen in the second

  • bill

    wow never thought of how they’ve covered small receivers but struggled against big ones. but why say they need height then say draft a 5 9 cb. thats not gonna help at all

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Under Tom Landry the Cowboys usually drafted the best player available and it is hard to argue with 20 years of winning football.

  • Guy Smith

    If you want to really know the Problem with the Cowboy’s, its Jerreah Jones meddling in personnel affairs, when you movee up and spend a High first rounder on a cornerback (Claiborne) and use Millions of dollars to sign a free agent (Carr), and you Still are worried about the position, something is very wrong in Big “D”..

  • Alfredo Martinez

    Let me say you something… If you cant rush the passer Deon Sanders could be a BUST… YOU NEED DLINEMEN.. The game is all in the trinches… You need DEs and DTs can rush the passer…