Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Under Pressure: Morris Claiborne

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston (12) fumbles the ball after a catch and hit by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) in overtime at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

There are several players on the Cowboys’ roster who will need to show improvement next year or they could be out the door. This week we will take a look at CB Morris Claiborne, the 6th overall pick by the Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys traded away their 2nd round pick in the 2012 Draft to the St Louis Rams in order to move up and select Morris Claiborne out of LSU. A team doesn’t make this kind-of move if they don’t expect an immediate impact player.

Claiborne had a decent rookie year, although he only had one interception, overall it wasn’t a bad year. In year two, when players at any position are expected to improve, Claiborne regressed to the point of losing his starting job to Orlando Scandrick. Some of his problems can be attributed to the scheme change, Claiborne is not a zone corner, but Corners are expected to play Zone as-well as Man coverage. Especially if they are taken 6th overall.

There were several points early on where Claiborne was really hurting his team by even being on the field. He had several costly interference calls against him and he just was not playing the ball well at all. He deserved to be benched and in order for him to regain his starting position he will drastically need to improve his ball skills and regain the confidence that he lost this season.

2014 will be a pivotal year for the young Claiborne. He has to stay healthy and he must show this organization that he is a player on the rise. If he continues to struggle then he will be lucky to play through his rookie contract with the Cowboys. This draft-day move to acquire him could set the franchise back tremendously and he has to man-up in a hurry.

Next season will be a make or break year for the young Corner and the pressure is certainly on for him to reward the Cowboys faith in drafting him.

Next Up: Brandon Carr

 

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