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Cowboys on the Clock: Morris Claiborne, #6 Overall

Sean Martin



Morris Claiborne

There is less than a week until the 2016 NFL draft! Anticipation begins to build as the top two picks are now owned by different teams than they were originally. The Dallas Cowboys still sit at #4 overall, but the rival Eagles have traded up to the #2 spot in the draft.

We will have you covered leading up to the draft right here on Inside The Star, and on Twitter @CowboysNation, but today is about looking back to the 2012 NFL draft.

In this draft, the Cowboys moved up to acquire a certain defensive back out of LSU. Let's take a closer look at the team's most recent 6th overall pick...

Morris Claiborne

Claiborne was a star in the SEC at Louisiana State from 2009 to 2011. In his final season, he would be named the country's best defensive back by winning the Jim Thorpe Award. Claiborne was also a unanimous first team All-American this year, while earning all SEC honors as well.

He would enter the draft as many analysts' top corner, flying up draft boards after starting off his junior season as a second to third round talent. Morris was expected to be drafted anywhere in the top 10, potentially as high as 4th overall to the Vikings.

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III would come off the board with picks #1 and #2 respectively, followed by the Browns grabbing Trent Richardson at #3. Minnesota passed on Claiborne to draft tackle Matt Kalil out of USC, and he slipped past the Jaguars with the next pick when they opted to select WR Justin Blackmon.

This left Claiborne still available for the Saint Louis Rams at #6 overall. Jerry Jones and the Cowboys came calling for the pick, and swapped their first rounder (14 overall) with the Rams to draft the LSU product. Dallas also gave up their 2nd round pick, which the Rams traded to the Chicago Bears later on.

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April 26, 2012: Morris Claiborne, cornerback from LSU and drafted with the 6th pick by Dallas Cowboys, standing alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell with his new jersey during the 77th National Football Lague Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Claiborne started his rookie season at corner for the Dallas Cowboys despite missing OTAs due to injury. He would deal with some more nagging injuries throughout the year, but start 15 games for the 8-8 Cowboys. He would record his first career interception in a week 6 win against the Carolina Panthers on the road.

More injuries would continue to get to Claiborne entering his second season in 2013, as he added on some weight in preparation to build off of his rookie campaign. A dislocated shoulder in the season opener restricted Claiborne, who would stay on the field but begin to lose snaps to Orlando Scandrick.

Things were trending down for the defensive back that started his NFL career with so many expectations. They would only go further south in 2014, as Claiborne stormed out of the team's facility in September following the loss of his starting job. Claiborne started just 7 games the previous season, and would start only 3 in 2014 - again suffering injuries that put him on the injured reserve in week 4.

Morris Claiborne had one season left on his deal in Dallas, and fans were already through with the injury-prone and often-burned corner. Instead, Claiborne seemingly defied all odds and rehabbed ahead of schedule from his injuries to start 11 games.

Not only was Claiborne back on the field with some consistency, but he was a much improved corner that finally lived up his draft status.

Claiborne's 2015 campaign earned him a new one-year deal coming in to 2016:


The following players have also been selected with the 6th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys:

Lee Roy Jordan, LB, 1963

For more on Jordan's 11 year career with the Cowboys, click here to read his "Countdown to Kickoff" profile from Inside The Star Staff Writer RJ Ochoa - naming him the greatest player to wear #55 in team history.

Tomorrow on "Cowboys on the Clock": 2003 first round pick Terence Newman

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys on the Clock: Morris Claiborne, #6 Overall" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

  • Ronin

    Give Tony his Emmitt. DRAFT ZEKE!!!

  • Blue Star

    Please pass on Elliott.

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Cowboys en Español: El Futuro Incierto de David Irving

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys en Español: El Futuro Incierto de David Irving

En una agencia libre muy callada de parte de los Dallas Cowboys, como es costumbre, lo más interesante hasta ahora se revuelve alrededor de un talento increíble en la línea defensiva: David Irving. El joven de la línea defensiva de Dallas recibió un tender de segunda ronda (con un costo de casi tres millones de dólares) de parte de los Cowboys, lo cual significa que vestirá la Estrella Solitaria un año más... ¿o no?

No, no es tan sencillo.

A diferencia de la etiqueta franquicia que recibió DeMarcus Lawrence hace unas semanas, un tender permite a un jugador recibir ofertas de otros equipos. Si Irving llega a recibir una oferta externa, sin embargo, los Cowboys tienen la oportunidad de igualarla.

Pero no sólo eso, sino que si no quieren igualar la oferta, pueden dejar ir al jugador y en cambio, el otro equipo tiene que compensar a los Cowboys con una selección de segunda ronda. Así como el tender de segunda ronda que se le otorgó a David Irving, hay tender de primera ronda o tender de "selección original."

Sin embargo, Irving no fue seleccionado en el NFL Draft, así que esta última opción hubiera tenido poco sentido.

David Irving, Redskins

Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving

Ahora, pensando en el 2018 y una temporada ya incierta, nos sentamos preguntando: ¿No valía la pena cubrir a Irving con un tender de primera ronda? Al final de cuentas, sólo hay aproximadamente un millón de diferencia entre ambos. Irving es un jugador lleno de talento, y podría llegar a estar entre los mejores en su posición próximamente.

Sin embargo, si somos honestos, es una buena decisión de la administración. Irving ha tenido sus cuantos problemas y quizá este tender ayude a definir su valor en el mercado. Si ningún equipo alrededor de la liga se atreve a ofrecerle un contrato, los Cowboys mejoran su posición en las negociaciones y quien sabe, quizá consigan un acuerdo más amigable para el equipo.

Además, si un equipo decide llevárselo... ¿qué tan malo sería?

Con el pick #19 en la primera ronda del Draft de la NFL, no están en una posición muy cómoda. Como bien algún jugador talentoso como el DT Vita Vea o el WR Calvin Ridley pueden caer a las manos de Stephen Jones, Will McClay y compañía, bien puede estar vacía la tabla.

Con jugadores como el S de Florida State Derwin James o el LB de Georgia Roquan Smith, deberían considerar realizar un trade para subir algunas selecciones y llevarse a uno de estos talentos que no estarán disponibles en el #19.

Con las selecciones globales 19, 50 y una segunda ronda extra que conseguirían por Irving, es fácil visualizar a este equipo dispuesto a hacer un movimiento así el día del Draft.

A pesar de una mala temporada en el 2017, los Dallas Cowboys son un equipo que están cerca de ser contendientes.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: El Futuro Incierto de David Irving" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Cowboys Free Agency: FB Keith Smith Signing with Raiders

Jess Haynie



Keith Smith: Will The Cowboys Carry A Fullback In 2017?

The Cowboys have lost an important role player from the offense as fullback Keith Smith is reportedly signing with the Oakland Raiders.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Raiders and FB Keith Smith have agreed to terms on a 2-year worth $4.2million, source said.

Smith, who has been with Dallas for four seasons, was the team's fullback the last two seasons. He started as a linebacker after going undrafted in 2014.

Whether on offense or defense, Keith has been a regular part of the special teams units. The Cowboys' previous special teams coach, Rich Bisaccia, just left this offseason to join the coaching staff in Oakland. That is a likely cause for Smith heading to the Raiders.

Dallas elected not to give Smith a restricted free agent tender, which made sense given his position. Even the lowest tender of $1.9 million would have been too rich for a part-time player.

Even with Keith gone, Dallas may not need to sign a new fullback. Backup RB Rod Smith has experience in that role. They could also use tight ends James Hanna or Geoff Swaim.

Fullback is obviously not the position it used to be in the days of Daryl Johnston, but there are still times you need that lead blocker out of the backfield. Given their reliance on the run game and the success that Ezekiel Elliott had with Keith Smith, Dallas will have to find a solid replacement plan.

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Will Another Team Snag David Irving Away From Cowboys?

Brian Martin



Cowboys' Pass Rush: Who Will Be QB Sack Leader In 2017?
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It was somewhat surprising to learn that the Dallas Cowboys only placed a second-round tender on David Irving. A first-round tender would have likely dissuaded any other team from signing him to a contract and giving up a first-round draft pick, but signing Irving to a contract and giving up a second-draft pick is much more plausible.

I can almost guarantee there are teams around the league right now who are discussing the pros and cons of trying to acquire David Irving. The Dallas Cowboys likely know this which means one of two things:

  1. The Cowboys are hoping someone sets David Irving's market value with the hopes of matching.
  2. The Cowboys are willing to part ways with Irving for a second-round draft pick.

There are teams out there who have more salary-cap space than the Dallas Cowboys who could easily sign him to a contract the Cowboys can't match. And, giving up a second-round draft pick for a dominating, yet inconsistent, defensive tackle is probably better than anyone they can draft.

It's not completely out of the realm of possibility Cowboys fans have seen the last of David Irving with a star on his helmet. But, it seems like a risk Dallas is willing to take, whether fans agree or not.

David Irving

Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving

In 2017, David Irving recorded 22 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, six passes defensed, and one forced fumble. He did this after missing the first four games of the season due to a suspension and the last four due to a concussion. That's pretty impressive!

There is no denying Irving's impact when he's on the field, but it's all the other stuff that makes Dallas hesitant to commit fully to the 24-year-old DT.

I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I know what kind of person David Irving is in the locker room or off the field, but his past behavior and inconsistencies are concerning. Yes, he has immense upside, but that doesn't look as if it's enough for the Dallas Cowboys, at least not yet.

I think this ultimately comes down to the Cowboys not fully trusting David Irving just yet. Placing the second-round tender on him is more of a "prove it" kind of deal, if another team doesn't sign him away. The Cowboys probably want to see he has his head on straight and more consistency before fully committing. It's completely understandable.

It just doesn't seem as if David Irving is in the long-term plans for the Dallas Cowboys right now. I think they would be perfectly content receiving a second-round draft pick, but that decision might not sit well with a lot of Cowboys fans.

There is really no way of knowing if another NFL team will snag David Irving away, but I think the possibility of that happening is pretty high.

Will David Irving remain in Dallas in 2018?

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