Cowboys need high picks to deliver

First-rounders must develop into stars for Dallas to break cycle of mediocrity

Updated: June 5, 2012, 11:03 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Cornerback Morris Claiborne must play to his pedigree -- the best defensive player in the 2012 NFL draft -- if Jason Garrett is going to eventually make the Dallas Cowboys a consistent contender.

The same is true of left tackle Tyron Smith, the Cowboys' 2011 first-round pick.

If you want an example, among many, of why the Cowboys have been stuck in the abyss of mediocrity since the 1997 season, look no further than the overall performances of their first-round draft ...

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