Dallas Cowboys Draft: 2012 Cornerback Draft Options

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Dallas Cowboys Draft: 2012 Cornerback Draft Options
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To put it bluntly, the Dallas Cowboys secondary has been a sore spot on the team for the last two years. 

Any fan of the team who remembers the 'Boys being eliminated from the playoffs by the New York Giants in Week 17 last year surely winces when he or she thinks of Terence Newman running behind Giants WR Victor Cruz on the long catch-and-run that emphatically put a stamp on a disappointing year. 

If not, refresh your memory here

In the first year under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Dallas finished 23rd against the pass. In a division playing against playmakers such as Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, DeSean Jackson, Santana Moss and Jeremy Maclin, this is an area that will remain a challenge for the Cowboys defense.

So, fixes are needed in the secondary, and owner Jerry Jones indicated in a recent interview that the team "very likely will have new faces over there," according to ESPN.com.

While Orlando Scandrick and Mike Jenkins seem likely to return, Frank Walker and Alan Ball are free agents, and Newman could be a cap casualty (Dallas would save as much as $6 million against the cap depending on when they release him). 

The Cowboys have been linked to Kansas City cornerback Brandon Carr and Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan as possible free-agent acquisitions.  Even if one of these high-profile players makes his way to Big D, it's well within the realm of possibility that Dallas drafts a cornerback as well.

Should a free-agent prize be claimed by the Cowboys, it's likely that additional CB help will come later in the draft.  Therefore, I won't be looking at players like Janoris Jenkins from North Alabama or Stephen Gilmore from South Carolina, who have been discussed as possible first-round selections. 

Instead, I'll highlight a few players that could be on the draft board as Dallas drafts in the subsequent rounds.

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