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Off-season Priorities Pt. 8 [Cornerbacks]

This is the Eighth part of the weekly Fan-Post in which I personally evaluate the Dallas Cowboys Off-season Priorities. This week I will be focusing on the Dallas Cowboy Cornerbacks . If you want to check out any of the previous articles published, the links are below.

Archive: Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 | Pt. 7 |

The Dallas Cowboys had one of the worst pass defenses in 2011 which was an area Jerry wanted to address in the 2012 off season. The Dallas Cowboys would end up signing Brandon Carr to a $50 million dollar contract in Free Agency & traded up to the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft to acquire Morris Claiborne. The young duo & defense played admirably week one and got a well earned victory at the Meadowlands to start off the 2012 season. Brandon Carr endured a slump early on and admitted on 1310 The Ticket’s “BaD Radio” show that he "got caught up in trying to save the world." The good news is he "regained his swagger" and really came on strong towards the end last season. There is also a lot of optimism heading into this season for young stud Morris Claiborne. Below are last seasons stats generated by the Cowboys cornerbacks.

Dallas Cowboy Cornerbacks:

Name

Interceptions

Tackles

Forced Fumbles

Morris Claiborne

1

55

1

Brandon Carr

3

53

0

Orlando Scandrick

0

21

0

Sterling Moore

0

22

1

As you can see from the graph above, there is not a lot of depth at the cornerback position. However, there is a lot of young talent. The most interesting stat that pops out is that Morris Claiborne who is thought of as a "weak tackler," actually had more tackles than the rest of his compatriots. He also had a forced fumble. This occurred in the match up versus the New Orleans Saint's in Week 16 when Claiborne stripped the ball from Jimmy Graham, only for the ball to be recovered by the Saints near the end-zone. Sterling Moore also caused a fumble but it was when he was still with the New England Patriots early in the season. Both Brandon Carr & Morris Claiborne had turnovers result into touchdowns. Coincidentally both were against the division rival Eagles. Carr returned a pick for a touchdown, and Morris returned a fumble for a touchdown.

PFF Rating:

Name

Pass Coverage

Run Defense

Overall Grade

Morris Claiborne

-4.6

+2.7

-4.5

Brandon Carr

-0.9

+0.3

+0.1

Orlando Scandrick

+0.1

+2.7

+0.3

Sterling Moore

-0.5

-1.5

-1.6

While PFF can be a little misleading when grading a group, these are the ratings given individually. Here is how the ratings work. Anything below (-1.0) is bad. (-1.0 - 2.0) is average, over (2.0) is good. Amazingly, Morris Claiborne & Orlando Scandrick graded well in run defense. For all the hate Orlando Scandrick gets, he graded out as the best corner on the team. I do think he is a little underrated. Below are my top seven corners in the draft.

Top 7 Corners In the Draft:

Name | College | Height | Weight | Projected Round |

1. Dee Milliner | Alabama | 6' ft | 201 lbs | 1st |

2. Xavier Rhodes | Florida St. | 6.2" ft | 210 lbs | 1st |

3. Desmond Trufant | Washington | 6" ft | 190 lbs | 1st-2nd rd |

4. Johnathan Banks | Mississippi St. | 6.2" ft | 185 lbs | 2nd rd |

5. David Amerson | North Carolina St. | 6.1" ft | 205 lbs | 2nd rd |

6. Jamar Taylor | Boise St. | 5-11" ft | 192 lbs | 2nd rd |

7. Jordan Poyer | Oregon St. | 6.0" ft | 191 lbs | 2nd-3rd rd |

Recap:

Overall, The Cowboys have a solid trio of young cornerbacks who will have to get stronger in the off-season to play in the Tampa 2 defense under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. I do not think the Cowboys have a need at the position, but if the Cowboys have a defensive back they really like on their draft board somewhere in rounds 3-6, he could be taken. Sterling Moore will most likely come in on nickle downs as a 3rd cornerback/safety or could possibly fight for a starting spot in training camp. I think Morris Claiborne will come in stronger this year to training camp and another season under DB's coach Jerome Henderson will only help him. Here's to an injury free season for our set of cornerbacks. Go Cowboys!!!

Leave your thoughts below on what the Cowboys will (will not) do in the draft or free agency regarding to the cornerback position. Thanks for reading. - Moses

Part 9. Will evaluate the Tight End's.

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