2012 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Trade Up for Morris Claiborne

Roberto PayneContributor IApril 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive back Morris Claiborne of LSU waits for his turn to return punts during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys made the first "shocking" move of the 2012 NFL draft, trading with the St. Louis Rams to draft top-rated CB Morris Claiborne.

The 'Boys gave up the 14th overall and 45th overall picks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the sixth overall pick. This move solidifies Dallas' cornerback position for years to come and helps dramatically in an NFC East division that includes Victor Cruz and DeSean Jackson.

The Cowboys clearly needed better corners, and have made huge strides to do so in signing Brandon Carr and now drafting Morris Claiborne.

The Cowboys now have the ability to rush freely with a secondary that includes Carr, Claiborne, Gerald Sensabaugh and Mike Jenkins.

Rob Ryan has to be ecstatic that he can unleash his rushers on the opposing QBs.