Saturday, April 27, 2013
Back to the secondary for Cowboys in 4th
By Dan Graziano
If ever the Dallas Cowboys were going to draft a quarterback and develop him behind Tony Romo, this year's fourth round would have been the time to do it. The Giants moved up to pick No. 110 to take Ryan Nassib. The Steelers took Landry Jones at No. 115. After only three quarterbacks went off the board in the first three rounds, four went in the first 18 picks Saturday.
But that's not part of the way the Cowboys operate, and so at No. 114 they decided not to join the quarterback run and instead took a cornerback -- B.W. Webb of William & Mary. Webb's a little undersized and may be best used as a nickel corner in the NFL, but that's OK because the Cowboys are set on the outside with Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. Webb can contribute right away on special teams and has enough smarts, toughness and playmaking ability to potentially make an impact on defense as early as his rookie year. He's the second straight defensive back the Cowboys have taken (following third-round safety J.J. Wilcox) after they started the draft with three straight offensive players. And while he's not the defensive tackle or the running back for which some fans may have been hoping, he represents good value at a premium position, and continues a strong draft for Dallas.