With only three selections until being deemed as one of the best UDFA cornerbacks, the Dallas Cowboys selected Terrance Mitchell in the back end of the seventh round. Despite being slow and a bit slow, Mitchell has good ball skills and he is coming from an illustrious program that has been extremely successful in recent years. With questions in the secondary, drafting a cornerback was need, and drafting a player like Mitchell is only a low-risk, high-reward type of move for the Cowboys.
Let me start out by discussing Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. While both have flashes of potential, both seem to have trouble in the new defensive scheme. In his first year as a Cowboy, Carr exceeded expectations. Since, Carr has been beaten by the likes of Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson, and that is scary considering they will both be on the same roster in 2014. Claiborne, on the other hand, has really never been able to grasp his potential, as injuries have taken a toll on his NFL career. Claiborne came into the league in 2012 as the best defensive prospect in his draft class. The talent is there with Claiborne, but he will need to participate in a full training camp before reaching his full potential.
Another thing to remember is that B.W. Webb isn’t really that good. That being said, Mitchell has all the talent in the world to be the fourth or fifth cornerback on this team. Unlike Webb, Mitchell will come up in the run game and make a play. Rod Marinelli knows what he’s doing and it wouldn’t surprise me if Mitchell made a big impact on this team going forward.
Final Grade: A-