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Dallas Cowboys: Orlando Scandrick Deserves No. 2 CB Spot Over Morris Claiborne

Morris Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick

Matthew Emmons- USA TODAY Sports

The talk leading up to the 2014 NFL season for the Dallas Cowboys is that this may be the season that Morris Claiborne finally gets over the hump, or at least that’s what everyone is hoping for. It’s not going to be an easy task, though, as Claiborne has underperformed to this point in his career and the Cowboys’ defense definitely has some issues that need to be worked out, especially after losing linebacker Sean Lee for the year.

I recently wrote about the fact that I believe Orlando Scandrick is the best cornerback on the Cowboys’ roster currently — even better than their No. 1, Brandon Carr. Regardless, Carr is virtually locked into the No. 1 spot on this team, but the No. 2 spot is up in the air. Scandrick is using this year to try to push himself into the Pro Bowl and help take the team to the next level, while Claiborne is looking to prove that he can be a strong cornerback in this league.

So who gets the No. 2 job behind Carr between those two? In my opinion it has to be Scandrick. Not only has he earned it, but he simply looks like the better cornerback out of the two. Scandrick actually looks like he may be a serious player with a very bright future, so there’s no reason not to give him the chance to shine by shutting down key players on opposing teams.

Until Claiborne can prove that he’s capable of being a No. 2 cornerback in this league, you can’t just give him the job based on the fact that he was such a high draft pick. Scandrick earned the job and he deserves it, while Claiborne is going to need to use 2014 to show that he’s not a first-round draft bust.

Jeff Smith is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSM8ith, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.