When the Dallas Cowboys decided to move up from No. 14 to No. 6 to get Morris Claiborne, it was evident this draft would mostly be about the progress of the LSU cornerback. The draft's success would be dependent upon Claiborne's success, especially since it took the Cowboys' second-round pick to move up.
So essentially, Claiborne is the Cowboys' first- and second-round pick. Two games into the preseason, the jury remains out on Claiborne, and really all of the Cowboys draft class, because injuries have limited most of them.
Here's a look at the Cowboys' top three selections and how they've fared in camp:
Top pick: CB Morris Claiborne (first round, 6th overall) -- When draft day finally arrived, it seemed like the Cowboys had their eyes on about five or six players. Moving up, moving down or simply staying put were all possibilities. But moving up eight spots for LSU CB Morris Claiborne wasn't on anyone's radar. The Cowboys shocked everyone by getting the player they viewed as No. 2 overall in the draft, behind Andrew Luck. But Claiborne's wrist surgery in March kept him out all summer, and then a knee injury has plagued him for half of camp. He made his debut Saturday against the Chargers and didn't disappoint. He wasn't tested too much but made two tackles in the open field. Claiborne is the starting left cornerback, and the Cowboys are hoping they can say that for quite a while. Grade: B
No. 2 pick: DE Tyrone Crawford (third round, 81st overall) -- This was another left-field pick and one Cowboys fans were left scratching their heads over. Crawford didn't put up huge stats in college, but the Cowboys liked his motor and high energy and figured that would be more than needed. So far in camp, Crawford has shown to be that same guy. His energy level is always high, and he's been a pleasant surprise as a run stopper, too. The word “steal” has been tossed around some regarding Crawford, who has garnered many reps in the first two preseason games, and has held his own. Grade: B+
No. 3 pick: OLB Kyle Wilber (fourth round, 113th overall) -- While he might have some pass-rush ability, Kyle Wilber hasn't been healthy enough to prove it to the Cowboys just yet. And the jury is out on how much he will get to contribute this year at all. Wilber suffered a broken finger that needed surgery in the first rookie minicamp practice back in early May. That kept him out until training camp, where Wilber was making progress until the first preseason game, when he suffered a broken thumb. After needing surgery again, Wilber is now in cast for another 2-3 weeks and will likely miss the start of the season. He'll make the team because he's a fourth-round pick and hasn't been able to prove himself yet, but getting active each week in the games might be a stretch. Grade: Incomplete
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