Cowboys' 1st-round pick? Answer is in Alabama
That’s picking the Best Alabama Defender Available.
Randy Litzinger/Icon SMIAlabama safety Mark Barron could be a good fit for the Cowboys if they decide to trade down in the first round.
One scenario for the Cowboys is trading down in the first round and selecting Barron, a hard-hitting safety with some range and ball skills who was widely recognized as the vocal leader of that Bama defense. That would fill a hole that has existed since Darren Woodson’s retirement last decade.
The best-case scenario? The Cowboys stay put at No. 14 and take Kirkpatrick or Upshaw.
You can argue that those players don’t address immediate needs, but that’s the kind of short-sighted thinking that caused the Cowboys to pay Pro Bowl money this offseason to non-Pro Bowlers Brandon Carr and Anthony Spencer.
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If the Cowboys give Jenkins that kind of money, they’ll end up with the most overpaid cornerback corps in NFL history. They’re already overpaying – Jerry Jones prefers the term “paying retail” – for Carr and nickel corner Orlando Scandrick (five years, $27 million).
Kirkpatrick would give the Cowboys a much-needed physical presence in the secondary at an affordable price. Get him and the Cowboys can afford to let Jenkins go after this season.
Oh, and Spencer would love to negotiate a long-term deal. Why wouldn’t Spencer when he has all the leverage?
The reason Spencer has all the leverage against the Cowboys certainly isn’t his performance. It’s because the Cowboys, who have no faith in Victor Butler’s potential as a starter, have done such a poor job preparing to replace Spencer.
That all changes if the Cowboys select Upshaw, who could be described as Spencer with a serious mean streak.
That’s the kind of Bad A the Dallas defense desperately needs.
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