The Dallas Cowboys’ selection of cornerback Byron Jones with the 27th overall pick on Thursday night does not mean the last cornerback they selected in the first round, Morris Claiborne, is not in the team’s plans.
Earlier this week it was reported that the Cowboys have no intention of picking up the fifth-year option on Claiborne’s rookie deal, but executive vice president Stephen Jones insists that the team still has plenty of faith in him.
“He’s a pretty good cornerback when he’s healthy,” Stephen Jones said, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “Better than a lot of people play with.”
The issue is, Claiborne has struggled to stay healthy since arriving in Dallas. His 2014 season ended after he suffered a torn patellar tendon, and his recovery from that injury will keep him out until training camp. It will be the third offseason program he’s missed due to injury in four years in the league.
“We still think Mo can be a major contributor this year,” Stephen Jones said.