NFL Draft 2012: Dallas Cowboys Need a CB and Dre Kirkpatrick Is Their Man

Joseph SeymourContributor IIIFebruary 14, 2012

2011 was another underachieving year for the Dallas Cowboys that everyone is more than ready to put behind them.

The Cowboys' main concern for the draft needs to be at the CB position.

Their best CB, Terence Newman, isn't the player he used to be and is also way overpaid considering what he's contributing.

Other than Newman, their secondary leaves a lot to be desired. They were constantly picked apart in 2011, and without a stellar addition it will be much of the same in 2012.

Adding a player like Alabama's standout corner Dre Kirkpatrick to their lineup will definitely strengthen Dallas' secondary by adding a talented cover guy.

Although his 2011 numbers don't give you reason to be excited, Kirkpatrick was known for shutting down his side of the field. He's a taller cornerback at 6'3" and has the speed to lock out elite wide receivers.

The only downside I've seen is that he can be overly-aggressive getting out of his coverage position. Even then, he's quick to acknowledged his mistakes and bounce back from them.

Janoris Jenkins is also another viable option at CB as a comparable talent to Kirkpatrick.

I like Kirkpatrick over Jenkins mainly because although not perfect, Kirkpatrick has done a much better job staying out of trouble off the field than Jenkins.

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