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Cowboys trade into No. 6 pick for Morris Claiborne

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The Dallas Cowboys executed a trade up into the No. 6 overall spot Thursday night, sending the 14th pick and a second-round selection to the St. Louis Rams.

With the sixth pick, Dallas selected LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne.

Claiborne gives the Cowboys a third starting-caliber corner, joining incumbent Mike Jenkins and high-priced free agent addition Brandon Carr. The 2011 Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back, Claiborne racked up 11 career interceptions at LSU across 26 starts. He also averaged 26.3 yards per career kickoff return.

A converted wide receiver, Claiborne is 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds. He ran a 4.44 forty time at February’s NFL Combine.

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75 Responses to “Cowboys trade into No. 6 pick for Morris Claiborne”
  1. obamablowz says: Apr 26, 2012 8:42 PM

    Hate Dallas…..but good move

  2. hbdbrowns33 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:43 PM

    and he also just signed up to be a student at Derek Zoolander’s school for kids that can’t read good.

  3. blitzinc43 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:43 PM

    eagles respond with michael floyd

  4. blacknole08 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:43 PM

    Whaaa?? Dallas defense is gonna be stacked

  5. 49erdynasty says: Apr 26, 2012 8:43 PM

    Now Romo can be intercepted in practice as often as he’s intercepted in December.

  6. nogoodell says: Apr 26, 2012 8:43 PM

    Overrated like Newman was when they reached

  7. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Apr 26, 2012 8:44 PM

    I understand the Cowboys have assigned him jersey#4.

  8. hodaghunter says: Apr 26, 2012 8:44 PM

    What the heck are the Rams thinking right now?? Floyd maybe???

  9. realdeal12 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:44 PM

    That’s right keep booing you haters!

    I love that everyone hates my cowboys.

  10. sscoulter says: Apr 26, 2012 8:44 PM

    Sweet, been years since Dallas has had a good secondary. Maybe this will help…

  11. texastornado82 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:44 PM

    YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

  12. rtrinidad777 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:45 PM

    I wunderlic if he’ll be able to read the play book.

  13. kyledunivan says: Apr 26, 2012 8:46 PM

    Jerry I love you this was such a smart pick that we needs badly hopefully Claiborne pans Out way to deal jerry

  14. cdrion21 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:46 PM

    claiborne would of been more excited but he forgot how to spell his so he thought the jersey was for someone else

  15. ppc50 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:47 PM

    Wow!!! They gave a lot for him, but with the prospect of losing Jenkins next year and Scandrick poor play, this was a great move. I was hoping the Janoris Jenkins and his 24 children were going to Dallas in the 2nd round, but I guess that won’t happen now. If Jenkins is still around later, I hope they still make a play for him.

  16. tigeralum2010 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:47 PM

    Great move.

  17. dgbk says: Apr 26, 2012 8:51 PM

    jerry jones is a wheelin dealin son of a gun great trade didnt give up too much to get the best defensive back in the draft….. im sure many of u will dislike the pick because u hate the cowboys but waaaah waah waah

  18. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Apr 26, 2012 8:52 PM

    good spring / draft for the Cowboys.

    vikes fan :(

  19. drthunder728 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:53 PM

    LOL

  20. solomon151 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:53 PM

    Yes yes yes

  21. linemanguy74 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:55 PM

    Why didn’t they get a QB!!! oh that’s right they have mr. December !!!!!!!!!!!

  22. bringbacktheflex says: Apr 26, 2012 8:55 PM

    Dissappointing. At a time when WRs are getting bigger and bigger, it makes no sense to draft a CB shorter than 6’1″.

  23. wludford says: Apr 26, 2012 8:57 PM

    Cowboys got a steal. Rams screwed up to get only a mid second round pick to move from 6 to 14.

  24. jsauce821 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:00 PM

    i love the pick just don’t ask him to spell

  25. larrydavidstern says: Apr 26, 2012 9:01 PM

    Why didn’t the Rams stay and take Claiborne to pair with Finnegan!?

  26. theytukrjobs says: Apr 26, 2012 9:01 PM

    With those three corners they should have a lot of flexibility on defense. With Carr’s injury history though they really needed quality depth anyways.

  27. 805_9er says: Apr 26, 2012 9:02 PM

    Looks like the Cowboys will need a new excuse now that corner is fixed…

  28. numberoneinthehoodg says: Apr 26, 2012 9:04 PM

    Great move. Nice pick. Not a Cowboy fan but this was a good move.

  29. daysend564 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:05 PM

    Cowboys will be back in R2. Jenkins plus #3

  30. thefiesty1 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:05 PM

    What?? JJ actually moved up and got a premier DB! That was unexpected.

  31. drunkenjunk says: Apr 26, 2012 9:06 PM

    linemanguy

    In Dallas we call him Mr Oct/Nov. But yea we just got bent over. Kirkpatrick is better.

  32. soforizo says: Apr 26, 2012 9:07 PM

    The Rams got a little to trade happy; hope it doesn’t bite them in the arse.

  33. starfan79 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:09 PM

    Great pickup by the boys…. didn’t give up anything unfair, was kinda hoping to land Decastro or Barron but I guess thats cause this was never a thought..

    On another note did anyone see Dontari Poes watch?? diamond dipped in pure space diamond super diamond sauce? That had to be a 50K watch.. Does he think he is Dez Bryant?

  34. TxGrown says: Apr 26, 2012 9:16 PM

    jsauce821 says:
    Apr 26, 2012 9:00 PM
    i love the pick just don’t ask him to spell
    ===========================================
    It’s pro football…not a spelling bee.

  35. hellswitch says: Apr 26, 2012 9:20 PM

    I love the trade and the pick. Now they just need to whip up some trades to get back into the 2nd round.

  36. foozeball says: Apr 26, 2012 9:20 PM

    theytukrjobs says:
    Apr 26, 2012 9:01 PM
    With those three corners they should have a lot of flexibility on defense. With Carr’s injury history though they really needed quality depth anyways.

    ________________________________________________

    Did you mean Jenkins injury history? Which doesn’t matter now because he’s likely gone next year. Because last I checked, Carr had played in every game possible since becoming a starter.

  37. sisqsage says: Apr 26, 2012 9:34 PM

    All you need now is a GM, head coach and a QB. Not in any order, though.

  38. detroitcityryda says: Apr 26, 2012 9:34 PM

    Smart move by boys but kid will be a bust too many things to fix he will be burned by nfl Wrs

  39. junglehawgs says: Apr 26, 2012 9:38 PM

    Piss on the wonderlic…it has its uses as a tool, but a football player is a football player. I as a football coach, personally don’t always like coaching the smartest kid in school (they think too much). BTW…the average wonderlic or an NFL quarterback is 24….Dan Marino scored a 16..Boston College graduate and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mike Mamula scored the only 49 in 1995. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (Harvard), Browns tight end Ben Watson (Georgia) and Chiefs wideout Kevin Curtis (Utah State) have scored the only 48′s…not exactly success stories

    I’ll take a chance on a kid that has the skills that he has…and all of you that piss on this pick…it would have been the best pick if it was you team that picked him

    Can’t believe i’m saything this…nice move jerry

  40. gearz49 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:45 PM

    who cares who the cowgirls get,Romo will find a way to screw it up for the whole team anyways….hahaha

  41. ontheteebox says: Apr 26, 2012 9:50 PM

    Simply, Yes! Great move, JJ…..keep the defensive players coming! How bout dem Cowboys!

  42. junglehawgs says: Apr 26, 2012 9:52 PM

    And Patrick Peterson scored a 9…yeah, he sucks (sarcasm for those that scored a 49)

  43. shempnet says: Apr 26, 2012 9:58 PM

    I call this the “Wonderlic” maneuver. The international sign involves hands around the throat during the month of December.

  44. h8themskins says: Apr 26, 2012 10:02 PM

    bringbacktheflex says:
    Apr 26, 2012 8:55 PM
    Dissappointing. At a time when WRs are getting bigger and bigger, it makes no sense to draft a CB shorter than 6’1″.

    Thats why your not a GM. Go back to flipping burgers and have a good night sleeping in your trailer.

  45. larrybrown43 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:03 PM

    Now we know who leaked the Wonderlic score. I wonder if Dez and Claiborne can share the same babysitter.

  46. kingfish4242 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:19 PM

    I hate the Cowboys with the purpliest of passions,but they hit a HR here. Imo, Minnesota is gonna regret passing on this kid. He’ll do for Dallas what Revis does for the Jets. The opponents #1 Wr is now effectively neutralized. Desean Jackson won’t find it so easy running through that secondary anymore.

  47. ragingmouse says: Apr 26, 2012 10:21 PM

    Could be the best move Dallas this year…just need a “Woodson like” safety!

  48. sports_dude says: Apr 26, 2012 10:23 PM

    Great pick by JJ and Garrett. Long wait till tomorrow. Go Cowboys!!

  49. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:24 PM

    ill give skelator his props, nice pick

  50. ccooww says: Apr 26, 2012 10:32 PM

    Way to go Jerry. I see a lot more superbowls in the boys future. Missing links are coming together. This team is going to be feared for years.

  51. stevebozeman says: Apr 26, 2012 10:38 PM

    Love you F*#king haters. Jerry pulled it off. NFC East champs.

  52. zack2482 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:44 PM

    There will be no dumb ass salsa dancing anymore!!!

  53. bunesr1 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    i got butterflies when they called his name .
    thank yuh god !!!!

  54. bringbacktheflex says: Apr 26, 2012 11:05 PM

    As I said – Claiborne is 5’11, 190. Newman was 5′ 10, 192. I don’t see a difference. The FBs will have to jump just a little higher to get over him versus Newman.

    We needed a safety, we got a new Newman. What a disappointment.

  55. yourrealitybites says: Apr 26, 2012 11:17 PM

    I have been a Cowboys fan since the late 60′s. By far the worst QB we have had is Romo, he must have pictures of Jerry Jones, well, doing something he shouldn’t be. Get a real QB, a leader, not a pretender. Romo is a loser. If he worked as hard at football as he does at his golf game, the Boys would be undefeated.

  56. antmings says: Apr 26, 2012 11:19 PM

    for u guys that are all up in arms because he’s 5’11…darrell revis is also 5’11..how’s he doing?

  57. storebrandcookies says: Apr 26, 2012 11:21 PM

    Great move by the Cowboys. But the Rams got schmucked; I can see Jerry Jones chuckling right now.

  58. gmenfan10 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:34 PM

    THE NFC EAST IS SCARED OF THE GIANTS!!!EVERYONE TRADED UP…HAHAHAHAAHHA

  59. dgbk says: Apr 26, 2012 11:35 PM

    @ bringback

    what a childish way to compare players ( they are similar height so they are the same) when they clearly don’t play alike. Newman hardly jammed anyone wasnt that physical even in his prime. Disappointment would be the cowboys drafting a kicker with the sixth pick.

    Darrelle Revis 5-11 198

    can you please list these elite giant corners that are out jumping every1?

  60. antmings says: Apr 26, 2012 11:48 PM

    how can u say that romo is the worst cowboys qb ever??? if u been a cowboys fan since the 60s then u wud knw how great our SB WINNING COWBOYS TEAMS DEFENSE WERE…#8 or #12 never would have won a SB if they had the oline or defense that romo has had to deal with…romo and THESE cowboys will win a SB…

  61. bringbacktheflex says: Apr 26, 2012 11:54 PM

    There were bigger corners available. The rules now favor a jump ball. Jump ball means the taller guy usually wins. Also, bigger DBs can reroute bigger WRs. Claiborne never had to jam the pro-size WRs. He’ll get broken like Newman – every year he was damaged.

    I’m not impressed.

    FYI. If Dallas drafted an NT the same size as Ratliff people would be livid. Ratliff is a freak, but you can’t draft small NTs and expect to compete – every year the Olines gets bigger.

  62. bringbacktheflex says: Apr 27, 2012 12:08 AM

    Bwahahahahah!!!! That was so funny. I can only guess that you were on the debat team in high school. I mean ON the debate team.

  63. highoctane11 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:12 AM

    You are completely missing the point of your ignorance, bringback.

    1. Same size or not, Claiborne is more physical, faster, and more athletic than Newman ever was.
    2. Newman is old and at the end of his run. Claiborne is 21 years old. (And by the way, Newman was a good player for many years.)
    3. Every analyst has him as a top 5 player and the only impact defender in the draft.
    4. 85-90% of NFL cornerbacks are under 6’1″. Go look at some rosters.
    5. Yes, we need a safety – a cover safety. A cover corner is better to have than a safety. Barron is a good prospect, but he is a physical safety. Claiborne is a better cover man and better playmaker.
    6. Claiborne is a good tackler, unlike Newman.

    Your reasoning, to the extent you had any, is just dumb.

  64. bringbacktheflex says: Apr 27, 2012 12:20 AM

    Wow. You really don’t get it.

    1. How soon we forget.
    2. When Newman was 21 the WRs were not nearly as big as they are now.
    3. Analysts had Leaf, Young, Vick, Russell, Bush, and unknown numbers of others as “can’t miss”.
    4. So you say.
    5. Jump ball to Johnson in the end zone. We still have no answer.
    6. Newman got hurt repeatedly trying to be a good tackler because he was so small.

    Your reasoning is stupid, so there.

  65. olewize1 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:52 AM

    Awesome move!! And all you romo haters out there, where else are you going to find an undrafted free agent quarterback with his stats, what other qb would be worth drafting at the sixth pic that would produce like him. there’s only six qb’s in the league that have super bowl rings so please don’t say he sucks because he has no ring, if that’s the case 26 qb’s in the league suck… romo wasnt covering Cruz the last game of the season..this move is going to help rob Ryan with his schemes… On the way back to the top finally!!! Superbowl bound

  66. trefkennedy says: Apr 27, 2012 1:09 AM

    I’ve seen some team Cowboy fans, getting too excited talking about “We super bowl contenders” that’s why games are played but for once since we drafted Dez, we made a good pick, but why didn’t we do this last year to get Patrick Peterson?

  67. chuckihendrix9 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:49 AM

    yourrealitybites:

    Props for being a fan since the late 60′s, but were you in a coma from 2001-2005 ?

    Romo is certainly frustrating at times, but to say he was the worst is offensive to the likes of Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson and also Steve Pelluer.

  68. marissa227 says: Apr 27, 2012 6:56 AM

    Highoctane11… thank you for explaining to these children how it is

  69. kingfish4242 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:50 AM

    bringbacktheflex says:
    Apr 26, 2012 8:55 PM
    Dissappointing. At a time when WRs are getting bigger and bigger, it makes no sense to draft a CB shorter than 6’1″.

    =================================

    bringbacktheflex says:
    Apr 26, 2012 11:54 PM
    There were bigger corners available. The rules now favor a jump ball. Jump ball means the taller guy usually wins. Also, bigger DBs can reroute bigger WRs. Claiborne never had to jam the pro-size WRs. He’ll get broken like Newman – every year he was damaged.

    ================================

    Seriously, where do people like you come from?

    How many 6’2′ Cb’s are there in the league anyway?

    Speed,quickness,positioning, and ball awareness are traits far far more important than height in cornerbacks.

    Where are all these “Jump Balls” you speak of? My guess is you get enamored watching Megatron highlights on ESPN and the rest of the game doesn’t matter.

    A little FYI here. 90% of all passes are completed between the turf and the top of the helmet. A vast majority of jump balls are fades to the back of the endzone. if the ball is perfectly thrown,there is no defense. Shaquille O’neill cannot cover a perfectly thrown pass. Darrel Green, all 5’8 of him just made an acceptance speech in Canton a few years ago.

  70. mungman69 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:06 AM

    Great pick, let’s see Jerry screw this one up

  71. bringbacktheflex says: Apr 27, 2012 11:32 AM

    kingfish4242 says: “How many 6’2′ Cb’s are there in the league anyway?”

    There are not that many. What’s your point? That because the rest of the league has smallish CBs and constantly get fried by the taller WRs that Dallas should settle for what the rest of the league has? That’s really stupid.

    There are a few that are 6’1″ or taller that are pretty good:
    Nnamdi Asomugha
    Antonio Cromartie
    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
    Charles Woodson

    Wow. People act like they have real skin in this game. I said it was disappointing that Dallas didn’t get a bigger CB. I remember several games lost because our smallish CBs couldn’t out jump the NBA forwards that pose as WRs and TEs nowadays.

    Re: Darrel Green. He was an incredible DB in his day, covering all those 5’10″ WRs. The game has changed a lot since then. There were 6’0″ 210 lb LBs back then too. Not too many of those today.

  72. tonyromoisterrible says: Apr 27, 2012 3:46 PM

    Jerrah did what Jerrah does. SCREW UP THE DRAFT. Not even close to the best DB in the first round, giving up a second round choice for a DB that can’t tackle and didn’t face a good QB in the SEC this year is just terrible judgement. The cowgirls will be bad for as long as jerrah thinks he can draft talent. The NFC East applauds Jerrah’s inept ability to evaluate football players. Thank you Jerrah-
    NFC East

    HTTR!

  73. tonyromoisterrible says: Apr 27, 2012 4:02 PM

    @highoctane
    Claiborne is a terrible tackler. What game did you watch last year that showed his tackling prominence? He looked awful against Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, Northwestern, Tennessee, Auburn, and almost any other team that LSU faced. You clearly have no idea what you are talking about and must simply be a blind homer. This move was absolutely terrible for the cowgirls and it makes the rest of the NFC East very happy simply because it proves Jerry still has no idea what he is doing. He could have had Claiborne at 14 and they gave away the second round pick where there is much more value.

    HTTR!

  74. damianx31 says: Apr 28, 2012 8:56 PM

    @tonyromoisterrible

    Your name alone disqualifies you from any legitimacy on these boards.

    Claiborne @ 14? Are you kidding me? He wasn’t making it past 6, and many of the experts (no, you aren’t an expert) had him going top 5, if not 3 to Minnesota. Looked awful against all those teams? Is that why he was the consensus #1 CB rated by EVERYONE? Not only that, but the move was applauded by near every expert out there. Nobody but you knows what they’re talking about, amiright? Keep reaching to try and make yourself feel better because your draft was matched by Dallas getting Claiborne.

  75. diehardcowboysfan says: Apr 29, 2012 3:46 PM

    Great move by the Boys!!! Questioning all our other picks as picked we unknown players…

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