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First-round cornerback crop thins out

1/10/2011

The first-round cornerback crop isn't as thick as anticipated.

Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins has decided to return to school for his senior season. He was ranked as the No. 11 player in the draft by Scouts Inc.

Based on the Scouts Inc. rankings, that leaves only two cornerbacks who would merit consideration from the Cowboys with the ninth overall pick. That's assuming that LSU's Patrick Peterson opts to declare for the draft.

The problem is that Peterson (No. 4 overall) and Nebraska's Prince Amukamara (No. 7 overall) are likely to be off the board by the time the Cowboys go on the clock. Jenkins represnted the Cowboys' best chance to address their cornerback need in the first round.

Miami's Brandon Harris, ranked No. 32 overall, is the only other cornerback Scouts Inc. has projected as a first-round prospect.