COWBOYS NFL DRAFT 2012
COWBOYS DRAFT ORDER
|1||Morris Claiborne, LSU, CB|
|3||Tyrone Crawford, Boise St., DE|
|4||Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest, OLB|
|4||Matt Johnson, E. Washington, S|
|5||Danny Coale, Va. Tech, WR|
|6||James Hanna, Oklahoma, TE|
|7||Caleb McSurdy, Montana, ILB|
All of the Cowboys' defensive linemen combined for 10.5 sacks and 17 tackles for losses. This team desperately needs a disruptive presence up front, especially with nose tackle Jay Ratliff's production declining. Just look at Houston's J.J. Watt for evidence of what a playmaking defensive end can do for a 3-4 team. North Carolina's Quinton Coples or Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox could fit the bill for the Cowboys in the first round, although there are questions about Coples' motor. Jerry Jones has also expressed intrigue about Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe, a workout wonder who wasn't a dominant player in Conference USA.
Brodney Pool is a band-aid at best after signing a one-year deal to replace one-and-done Abram Elam. The Cowboys have needed a playmaking safety since Darren Woodson's prime ended. The problem is that the best safeties on the board -- Alabama's Mark Barron and Notre Dame's Harrison Smith -- aren't perfect fits to be paired with Gerald Sensabaugh. Like Sensabaugh, Barron and Smith are better suited to play strong safety than free safety. Nevertheless, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Cowboys' first-round pick is Barron, a smart, tough, big hitter with leadership skills, ball skills and two national championship rings. If not Barron, the Cowboys could pick Smith in the second round.
The Cowboys had to put the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer and play a slightly above average outside linebacker $8.8 million this season because they did such a poor job preparing to replace him. They can't afford to let that happen again. Nor should they commit to a lucrative, long-term contract extension for a 2007 first-round pick who has been an underachiever. Although it wouldn't address an immediate need, the Cowboys would have to seriously consider selecting South Carolina's Melvin Ingram or Alabama's Courtney Upshaw if they are available with the 14th overall pick. Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis could be a fit in the second round.
-- Tim MacMahon
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2011 TEAM DRAFT HISTORY
|2011||2||8(40)||Cowboys||Bruce Carter||OLB||North Carolina|
|2011||4||13(110)||Cowboys||David Arkin||OG||Missouri State|
|2011||6||11(176)||Cowboys||Dwayne Harris||WR||East Carolina|
|Pick Note||from San Diego|
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LOOK BACK AT PREVIOUS NFL DRAFTS
- Goin' To Carolina
- Off-field issues did not stop Carolina from making No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton the face of the franchise.
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- Ram Tough?
- Injury concerns did not deter St. Louis from making ultra-accurate QB Sam Bradford its franchise player.
- 2010 NFL draft coverage »
- Detroit QB City
- The Lions had many needs but couldn't pass up a chance at a franchise QB like Matthew Stafford.
- 2009 NFL draft coverage »
- Fish Tale
- Seeing an OT who could anchor its line for years to come, Miami selected Jake Long No. 1 overall.
- 2008 NFL draft coverage »
- The Big One
- Enticed by a big arm and bigger upside, the Raiders took JaMarcus Russell No. 1 overall.
- 2007 NFL draft coverage »
- Super Mario
- The Texans surprised everyone by taking DE Mario Williams with the first overall pick.
- 2006 NFL draft coverage »
- 49ers' Mr. Smith
- San Francisco liked the potential of QB Alex Smith and made him the No. 1 overall pick.
- 2005 NFL draft coverage »
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