In less than a month, the 2012 NFL Draft kicks off. 29 days to be exact. We're now entering that frenzied pre-draft stage where one rumor chases the next, one wilder than the other. Today one of these rumors reached us via Twitter from an otherwise fairly reputable source, The Huddle Report. THR is well-known in draft circles for their post-draft ranking of the best mock drafts and big boards but more recently have quietly gained a reputation as draft analysts in their own right. Here's what they tweeted today:
ESCH: Hearing Cowboys are talking to Browns about moving from 14 up to 4.Target would be LSU CB Morris Claiborne.— The Huddle Report (@TheHuddleReport) March 28, 2012
Coming just a day after Jerry Jones hinted that the Cowboys may be more interested in trading down than trading up, this seems like an odd tweet. But Jones did explain at length that the Cowboys are interested in 'premium positions' like CB, LB, DE and DT. But moving up from 14th to the number four spot?That move would not come cheap. Going by the draft value chart, the #4 pick is worth 1,800 points. It would require the Cowboys to offer their first three picks (14+45+81) to at least come within striking distance (1,735 points) of the fourth pick. That's a very steep price.
I can't vouch for the validity of this tweet. For all intents and purposes, it's nothing more than a rumor. But at this time of year, teams call each other and discuss all sorts of scenarios, and the Cowboys and Browns have not been averse to trading with other in the past. Perhaps they did discuss some hypothetical options, who knows.
Be that as it may, Claiborne is without a doubt a highly intriguing prospect. But is he worth the Cowboys' top three picks?