When the Dallas Cowboys traded up to get cornerback Morris Claiborne they envisioned him being the next big-time defensive back in the NFL. Unfortunately, that vision hasn’t materialized after two seasons, in part because of injuries.
Now, it’s been rumored that Claiborne will start the 2014 NFL season third on the Cowboys depth chart, meaning that fellow cornerback Orlando Scandrick will assume the starting cornerback duties opposite Brandon Carr.
It may not be as big a shock to some, since Scandrick is coming off of his best season as a pro, but it is concerning, given that the Cowboys thought so highly of Claiborne. In his first two full seasons, Claiborne has had below average years, receiving overall grades of -4.5 and -6.6 in 2012 and 2013 from Pro Football Focus, respectively. On top of injury concerns, it also doesn’t help that this will be Claiborne’s third different defensive coordinator in as many seasons.
I don’t think that it is a bad move for the Cowboys to make, bearing in mind that on any given Sunday, they must get the best 11 guys on the field, but I also don’t think that they should just flat out say, “okay, we’re going with Scandrick.” Instead, I’d like to see a battle for the position; I want to see that the guy starting is, in fact, the best player available at that position.
I mean, if they’re just going to say, well Scandrick beat out Claiborne in 2013, then why are they not giving Carr’s position to Scandrick? I mean Scandrick did outplay Carr in 2013.