Many a mock draft these days has the Cowboys taking a cornerback with the first pick.
Some mocks in full-on wishful thinking mode have the Cowboys taking LSU's Patrick Peterson. Nebraska's Prince Amukamara is a popular choice for the Cowboys' ninth pick, and both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have him going to the Cowboys in their latest mock drafts. More recently, we've seen the occasional mock that even had the Cowboys taking Miami's Brandon Harris.
All of this may not happen if Jerry Jones' remarks yesterday from the Senior Bowl workouts are anything to go by.
We reviewed the corner position extensively in a recent post and the picture that emerged was not a pretty one. Yet amid all the TDs and yards given up by the corners, the consensus was that the safety play and lack of pressure up front probably impacted the Cowboys corner's performance more than any regression by an individual corner.
Jerry Jones appears to have similar thoughts:
"They’re probably, and I go down through all of them, they’re a little better than probably the taste we have in our mouth," Jones said. "I’m not saying we hung them out, but I’ll say that we sure ask a lot of them, relative to maybe what we might do in the future."
"Now I don’t think we were pleased with the year they had compared to other years," Jones said. "But a part of this job is looking at not only to the talent of the player, but how he compares to other players. But in general, I’m not as negative on our cornerbacks as you might think."
Perhaps Jones has faith in Rob Ryan's abilities to bring the corners back to their 2009 Pro Bowl level. Perhaps he sees last year as an aberration that can be fixed with better safety play. Regardless, it looks like cornerback may just have been crossed off the top of the shopping list:
"We accept some of the things that we were doing and asked our corners to do," Jones said. "We probably ... when the dust settles, won’t be as hard on those corners as we might have been, or generally as fans might have been."