With the 2010 season over for the Dallas Cowboys, we now turn oh so prematurely to the NFL draft. There are already a ton of “experts” listing players they think would be good fits for the Cowboys to take with the 9th overall pick in April. I’ve already heard LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson’s name so many times I hate it. Don’t get me wrong; Peterson is a great player who will probably be at least a decent pro, but to say he’s the guy to take before the combine or anything is ridiculous. Also in Peterson’s defense, the same applies for any player that’s already being placed in the 9th slot on mock drafts. However, this article is the first of the draft genre, and it explains why the Cowboys should not take Peterson with the No.9 pick.
First of all, Peterson may very well not be there when the Cowboys’ first pick rolls around. I’d be a fool to tell you that none of the first 8 teams to pick are looking very closely at the top defensive back in the draft. Oh, and that’s another thing; Peterson just finished his junior season as LSU, so even though he’s eligible to enter the draft, he could very well stick around for his senior year in Baton Rouge.
Anyway, let me remind you that the Cowboys added four rookie defensive backs to the active roster throughout this season. The most recent of which you might remember is cornerback Bryan McCann, an undrafted SMU alumnus who returned an interception and punt back for touchdowns in only 9 games this year. Safeties Danny McCray and Barry Church played the entire season, mostly in relief of the most important of this quartet of rookie cover guys.
You might remember Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, the Cowboys’ 4th-round pick in the 2010 draft. Owusu-Ansah was placed on injured reserve after 7 games this season due to a high ankle sprain he suffered in the Cowboys’ loss to the Jaguars on Halloween. Here’s my prediction for the Indiana, Penn. product; he will be the starting free safety next season over Alan Ball. That’s an entire article in itself, but the point is Owusu-Ansah will start along with Gerald Sensabaugh at the safety spots, granted that Sensabaugh resigns in the off-season. So with McCann, Church, and McCray making plays and proving they’re more than capable of playing in multiple cornerback sets beside Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins, there’s no reason to use a draft pick on another defensive back. There’s no reason to use a top 10 pick on one, anyway. If you’re just itching with anticipation to know who the Cowboys should really take No. 9 overall, don’t worry; with the draft coming up soon, I’ll have tons of information about it. Stay tuned.