Cowboys Draft History: Five Best Moves by Jerry Jones

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Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick (32) intercepts a pass in front of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) in the game at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

5. 2008 DRAFT – ROUND 5, PICK 143 – COWBOYS DRAFT ORLANDO SCANDRICK, CB – BOISE STATE

Exactly three picks ahead of the relatively unknown Orlando Scandrick, the Kansas City Chiefs also chose a cornerback who just happened to be Brandon Carr.  While Carr does have more career tackles and interceptions than Scandrick, he also makes $7.5 million for the 2014 season.  Scandrick makes $750,000 and he is arguably the best cornerback on this team heading into the new season.

Not only did Orlando have almost identical statistics in comparison to Carr, he also is responsible for each team’s slot receiver on third downs which is one of the most difficult defensive assignments one can draw.  He also has to be relied upon as the starting corner back on the outside on first and second downs, thanks to the ongoing bust that has been Morris Claiborne‘s career.  It might be hard to find any praise on the franchise’s worst defense ever but you could certainly make a case that Orlando Scandrick was the best player on the unit in 2013.  Not bad for a fifth round pick.

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