NFL  > Dallas Cowboys  > Ok I'll say it....
August 14, 2012, 06:43 PM
Claiborne was a mistake. We should have stood pat and taken DeCastro with our first pick, used our second pick more effectively, and then Crawford with our third.

We would all be feeling better right about now.
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August 14, 2012  07:37 PM ET

way too early to evaluate that. yes, the o-line sucks but last year the secondary was a bigger problem.

August 14, 2012  07:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

way too early to evaluate that. yes, the o-line sucks but last year the secondary was a bigger problem.

I'm more concerned with the OL as we need a healthy Tony Romo. It looked like swiss cheese last night.

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August 14, 2012  08:01 PM ET

Secondary was a mess but Carr was a major upgrade and might have been enough. Claiborne is a 2-3 year project assuming he's not too frail to play in the NFL. DeCastro was NFL ready. Put him next to Smith and the left side of the O-line is solid for the next 10 years. I'm sure we could have gotten another good player (maybe even a great one) with the second pick and Crawford is looking like a steal in the third round. Bottom line we could have gotten 3 immediate contributors with our first 3 picks instead of one and a project who is already looking injury prone.

August 14, 2012  08:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm more concerned with the OL as we need a healthy Tony Romo. It looked like swiss cheese last night.

and smelled like roquefort.

August 15, 2012  09:56 AM ET

It didn't get this way overnight... Way too early to pass judgement on Claiborne.

Hard to look at DeCastro in a Steelers jersey, though.

August 15, 2012  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It didn't get this way overnight... Way too early to pass judgement on Claiborne. Hard to look at DeCastro in a Steelers jersey, though.

he'll be coming to Arlington later in the season.

August 15, 2012  10:42 AM ET

Dan Patrick website showing Jason Witten has spleen injury (internal bleeding) from hit in the Raider game.
Not known if surgery required.

August 15, 2012  11:10 AM ET

I don't know what they really saw....

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he got a chance to watch the second half with an expert on offensive lines.

And that they both liked what they saw from the Cowboys in the preseason game Monday night against Oakland.

???I had a chance to sit there with John Madden and watch the offensive linemen in the second half,??? Jones said. ???That???s his specialty, and what I like to look at. We saw some of our guys doing some good things.??? Who?

???Parnell did good, of course. Smith is good, but he didn???t play in the second half. But Parnell did good. Leary did some good things in there. But Parnell particularly impressed me.???

Parnell is Jermy Parnell, the Cowboys??? primary backup offensive tackle. He and Ronald Leary, an undrafted rookie who Jones was especially pleased to sign after the draft, played on the third-quarter drive led by Kyle Orton that produced the game???s only points, a 33-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.

???Ideally, you???d like to have gone down and gotten one in the end zone,??? Jones said. ???You???d like to get a touchdown, get a score. But I really liked what I saw individually with some of the offensive linemen.???

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August 15, 2012  02:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

EyDan Patrick website showing Jason Witten has spleen injury (internal bleeding) from hit in the Raider game.Not known if surgery required.

Right now they are saying 2-3 weeks... We will see.

August 15, 2012  02:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Right now they are saying 2-3 weeks... We will see.

He's a guy that doesn't really need preseason that much anyway. Have him ready hopefully for the first game, or at least the 2nd game.

August 16, 2012  01:54 PM ET
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Claiborne was a mistake. We should have stood pat and taken DeCastro with our first pick, used our second pick more effectively, and then Crawford with our third.We would all be feeling better right about now.

Claiborne is not a mistake.

The Cowboy scouts had him graded as the best corner in the last 10 years.

Dallas needs depth at corner with Jenkins banged up and Scandrick is a 3rd corner at best.

We signed Bernadeau and Livings this offseason and they are coming back from injury. Lets not forget that Tony Romo had his best statistical season behind LAST years line.

The pass D has sucked for years now...we fix that and get this team near the Top 10 in D and Dallas makes the playoffs EASILY.

August 16, 2012  01:57 PM ET
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Secondary was a mess but Carr was a major upgrade and might have been enough. Claiborne is a 2-3 year project assuming he's not too frail to play in the NFL. DeCastro was NFL ready. Put him next to Smith and the left side of the O-line is solid for the next 10 years. I'm sure we could have gotten another good player (maybe even a great one) with the second pick and Crawford is looking like a steal in the third round. Bottom line we could have gotten 3 immediate contributors with our first 3 picks instead of one and a project who is already looking injury prone.

You saying Claiborne is a 2-3 year project how? Because of your vast scouting knowledge?

The jury is out.

Dallas made a move to get the kid and if he ends up being the real deal, then so be it.

1 had 1 preseason game with 3rd string guards....lets wait and get Claiborne on the field first, then the guards we signed this offseason (Bernadeau and Livings) before we start passing judgement on anything.

Corners, especially ones graded as high as Claiborne are hard to come by...and Dallas did not even pay a steep price to get him.

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August 16, 2012  05:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You should have taken Mark Barron...

Church might have beat him out (for now, anyway) regardless. His camp has been really (really) good.

But to the original point...we needed help in both areas, so it's hard to call it a mistake, just yet.

However, I really wanted Crawford in that third round...and I concede, those O-lineman are looking pretty good, right now. Our acquisitions need to start getting healthy, in a hurry...so we know just how bad (or bad, but not REALLY bad) this line is going to be.

August 16, 2012  05:03 PM ET
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He's a guy that doesn't really need preseason that much anyway. Have him ready hopefully for the first game, or at least the 2nd game.

I was just going to say that, myself. If there is one guy on this team that I would trust to miss time and still come out with his his "A" game...it's 82.

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August 16, 2012  05:35 PM ET
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He will be playing this weekend...I would not call him a project, but this is his first action as a pro, and the speed of the game is something that he has not experienced. Now when he makes the adjustment to the speed of the game...he is going to be very special.But Mark Barron will IMO be the best Safety in the game within three years...

Barron is a very good safety but cornerback is a much more important position in any defensive scheme. Claiborne can be a shutdown cornerback for years to come. To rate Barron over Claiborne is like comparing apples to oranges.

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