For Dallas Cowboys fans, looking ahead to 2014 is all they can do. They have to hold out hope that Dallas will figure out a way to get back to one of the elite NFL teams. Dallas must answer a lot of questions this offseason: who do they keep, which players to let go and which positions to target in the upcoming NFL draft? That is why we have been breaking down the Cowboys’ roster position by position. Here we will focus on the cornerback position.
Following the 2011 season, Jerry Jones decided he was going to fix the Cowboys’ defensive secondary. He paid Brandon Carr $50 million, and then traded up in the draft for Morris Claiborne. Dallas believed that those two would fix the defense. Instead, the Cowboys have had their two worst defensive seasons in franchise history.
Brandon Carr was supposed to be a shut down corner, but time and time again he was burned for touchdowns. He has not come close to living up to his contract. Carr needs to have a bounce back season in 2014. If he does not, Dallas may have to cut their losses and move on.
It was an extremely tough year for Morris Claiborne. He was injured for a lot of the season and while he was rehabbing, his father passed away. He did finally make it back to the field, but never looked 100 percent. I believe Claiborne has talent. However, he will be entering year three and must take a giant leap forward to show the Cowboys that they made the right choice.
One player who did have a good year at corner was Orlando Scandrick. Scandrick was a starter for much of 2013, filling in for the injured Claiborne. The place that Scandrick fits best is at nickel-back covering the other team’s slot receiver.
B.W. Webb had an okay rookie season. He seemed to get better as the year went on. The Cowboys hope he can continue to get better in the offseason and contribute even more in 2014
I don’t love what Dallas has at the cornerback position. I would like to say Dallas should draft a corner in the upcoming draft. But, based on what Dallas is paying Carr, Claiborne and Scandrick, I just don’t see how Dallas can afford to select a corner–at least not early on. Basically, when it comes to cornerbacks, the Cowboys made their bed, and now they must lie in it.