By Josh Marion
With Brandon Carr and Mo Claiborne becoming UFA’s, the corner back position becomes one of need. While there is no denying the Cowboys found a quality player in Anthony Brown last year in the draft, they desperately need a playmaker on that side of the ball. I’m going to focus on three different prospects that aren’t necessarily the top 3 rated corners, but 3 players that are realistic options and fits for the Cowboys.
Teez Tabor CB Florida
Tabor isn’t rated as high as his former Gator teammate (Quincy Wilson), but I believe they are both sure fire 1st round talents in this years draft. Tabor has the size that you look for in an outside corner back, as well as the natural instincts of the position. He can be very effective pressing the WR opposite against him at the line due to his feet quickness and use of body at the line of scrimmage. He accumulated 9 interceptions over his career at Florida, which shows he has no problem being aggressive when the ball is thrown his way. One of the main weaknesses of Tabor is his lack of NFL level style of technique, as well as his long speed. What he runs at the combine in the 40 yard dash will either help his stock, or hurt it.
Adoree Jackson CB USC
Adoree Jackson is hands down one of the most exciting prospects in this draft to watch. Now he lacks the prototypical size of a corner back, but I believe he fits the mold of what the Dallas Cowboys need on the defensive side of the ball; he is a playmaker. Jackson played Corner, Wide Receiver, and he also returned kicks and punts. The improvement he showed in his coverage skills this season is something that has pushed him into a second-round grade from me. He can come in day one and start in the slot.
Fabian Moreau CB UCLA
Moreau made the move from RB to CB while playing under Jim Mora at UCLA. He has a very raw skill set, but that is due to his lack of experience playing corner. Fabian shows great athleticism on tape, as well as being able to comfortably play man press coverage. Moreau has the size and body type to be a long-term starter on the outside, and also has the natural coverage ability to be a playmaker. He absolutely will need to be groomed early due to his lack of inexperience, but with the coaching staff in Dallas he can be an impact player earlier rather than later.
The reason I had a focus on these three prospects is for one simple reason.. they are playmakers. Dallas desperately needs young athletic players on the defensive side of the ball who can come in and start making plays. Tabor, Jackson, and Moreau are all quality options that fit that specific mold. The downside is that they do need coaching up on technique, but the staff in Dallas has the ability to get them ready to make plays quicker, rather than later.
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