Orlando Scandrick may not be paid like the best cornerback on the Dallas Cowboys, and he may not have the hype of the best cornerback, but he very well may be the most talented on the entire roster. Sure, big names like Morris Claiborne get a lot of the attention, but it’s no question that he’s underperformed to this point in his young career. He has plenty of time to turn it around, but right now he’s behind both Scandrick and current number one cornerback Brandon Carr.
Now, about Carr. The man who received that huge five year, $50 million contract has seen his name be a part of one of the worst defenses that we’ve seen in a long time last year. He’s come out and publicly stated that he wants to prove that he’s that “shutdown corner” that he’s capable of being, but actions speak louder than words.
While I do believe that Carr has the potential to be a very, very good cornerback for the Cowboys, as we’ve seen him be before, currently he’s not even the best on the roster. That award will go to Scandrick.
Scandrick may make literally half as much money as Carr does, with his five year, $25 million contract, but his production can’t be understated. While Carr managed more tackles and one more interception last season, it’s mainly due to the fact that he was targeted more than Scandrick was. When Scandrick was tested though, he seemed to be the only Cowboy in that secondary last year who was capable of making a play at times.
The Cowboys’ defense all-around was terrible last season, so giving credit is tough, but Scandrick showed the upside and potential that everyone was waiting to see. The problem is, most people were waiting to see that potential from either Carr or Claiborne. This defense will be interesting to watch in 2014 with Rod Marinelli leading the charge, and we’ll see how the corners can do almost immediately against some tough competition.