For much of the offseason it’s been widely assumed that the Dallas Cowboys would use their No. 27 overall pick in next week’s draft on either a running back to replace the departed DeMarco Murray or a much-needed pass rusher.
But if the most recent ESPN mocks are correct, they’ll go after a cornerback. UConn’s Byron Jones, to be exact.
Todd McShay had Dallas taking Jones at 27 in his latest mock draft this week and, before that, Mel Kiper had Jones-to-Dallas in his latest. And the pick would certainly make sense.
Jones is among the top three ranked corners going into the draft, and the Cowboys certainly need an upgrade at the position.
Brandon Carr is coming off an incredibly rough year and could be asked to take a pay cut, Morris Claiborne is coming off a torn patellar tendon and won’t return to the field until training camp, and Orlando Scandrick--without doubt the best corner the team has had over the past couple seasons--is staying away from Valley Ranch as he hopes to get a raise.