Everyone has their own opinion as to who the Dallas Cowboys should’ve taken with their first pick in this year’s draft; I felt the Cowboys needed to draft a player that could help Demarcus Ware put pressure on the quarterback.
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys’ front office believed otherwise. The Cowboys traded up from the 14th pick to the 6th pick to draft cornerback Morris Claiborne from LSU. Yes, Dallas needed to address the defensive back positions but I would have preferred they draft Mark Barron, safety from Alabama.
Dallas addressed the corner position by signing free agent Brandon Carr from Kansas City. The Cowboys have lacked a good, play making safety since Darren Woodson retired. The Cowboys need a quarterback and leader in the defensive back field. Mark Barron would have filled that need in the Cowboys’ defense.
Even before Mark Barron I would have liked to see the Cowboys address the defensive line. Dallas desperately lacks another player putting pressure on the opposing quarterback alongside Demarcus Ware. Fletcher Cox from Mississippi State or Michael Brockers from LSU would have been good picks for the Cowboys to draft to better the d-line.
Over the last five years we have watched the New York Giants win two Super Bowls by having a great defensive front line and average defensive backs. This is because a great front line will put pressure on the opposing quarterback and that makes it easier for the DBs to defend receivers.
Yes, one could argue that having great corners will allow the defensive line to have more time to get to the quarterback, but that isn’t as likely in my opinion. Only time will tell how this draft turns out for the Cowboys. Hopefully Cowboys’ fans keep in mind that Claiborne is not Dieon Sanders.