Once the draft started and each pick was turned into the commissioner, I started to think could we really land the top corner in the draft. Granted like everyone in the free world I heard we wanted Mark Barron from Alabama but thought that was probably because the Cowboys never thought the Jim Thorpe award winner would be available.
After I saw the screen change and it said Dallas was on the clock my first thought was “did they do it or did they trade up for a safety?” Then my next thought was “boy I hope we didn’t give away the farm especially if it was for a safety.” Once Commissioner Goodell said the Cowboys select Morris Claiborne to say I was thrilled would be an understatement. Let’s be honest our secondary was horrible last year and while the lion’s share of the blame goes to Terrance Newman, the fact is that Mike Jenkins struggled to stay healthy and except for this year his toughness has always been questioned (remember him hiding in a Giants game), was entering a contract year and would be looking for big money next year getting a player of Claiborne talent was a home run.
As for the cost of a second round pick while it’s always tough to give up picks two things should be noted. First the second round pick from last year was Bruce Carter who didn’t see the field until late in the year so expecting an immediate impact player from our second round isn’t always the way we do things and second if you were to use the draft value chart Dallas actually made out as a fourth pick is usually also part of the deal.
Dallas now has the luxury of trading Mike Jenkins for possibly an additional pick although since he would likely leave at the end of the season via free agency and move to another team which would likely get us a compensatory pick the following year I hope they don’t just take a late round pick. I for one would rather roll the dice that we will get a 4th round pick in 2014 for him then take a 7th pick in 2012 for him.
If I am the Cowboys I would reach out to Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Butch Davis and Greg Schiano), Miami Dolphins (Jeff Ireland) and the San Francisco 49’ers where Mike Jenkins old college head coach, Jim Leavitt is on staff, and gauge the interest of the three teams. I think a conditional 2013 draft pick makes the most sense to me for both parties….but who am I just a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan since birth.