I didn't address the cornerback position in my last version of this slideshow because I still think the Cowboys are relatively strong there.
Morris Claiborne should return healthy in 2014 and Orlando Scandrick has been outstanding this year. Brandon Carr has struggled more than expected, but I'd anticipate him rebounding when the Cowboys bolster their pass rush. Considering how long they're asked to cover players, the cornerbacks have actually played pretty well this year.
The problem is that 1) the Cowboys don't have any big, physical cornerbacks and 2) if someone gets hurt, as we've seen this year, you have a guy like B.W. Webb basically playing as a starter in the slot.
The 'Boys already have an excellent nickel cornerback in Scandrick, so they might benefit from going with a bigger guy to play on the outside.
Potential Free Agents
Zack Bowman, Bears
Tarell Brown, 49ers
Brandon Browner, Seahawks
Antoine Cason, Cardinals
Brent Grimes, Dolphins
Tim Jennings, Bears
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Broncos
Aaron Ross, Giants
Josh Wilson, Redskins
Alterraun Verner, Titans
Charles Tillman, Bears
Aqib Talib, Patriots
Sam Shields, Packers
Tracy Porter, Raiders
As you can see, the free agent cornerback class is going to be stacked. Browner, Jennings, Rodgers-Cromartie, Verner and Talib all have the potential to be No. 1 players at the position.
The abundance of impact players means the price for some mid-tier players is going to be driven down. That could make for an interesting situation for the Cowboys, who need to find bargains in free agency.
Keep an eye on a player like Cason, who was a first-round pick by San Diego but has struggled during his time in the NFL. That's the sort of "buy low" candidate the Cowboys need to seek.
Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
Keith McGill, Utah
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
It's highly doubtful that the Cowboys will go with a cornerback in the first round, so the names listed above are all options for the second round or later. Both McGill and Jean-Baptiste are big cornerbacks at 6'2".