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Dallas Cowboys’ uncertainty at cornerback points to them drafting one at No. 27

Connecticut's Byron Jones, shown at the school’s Pro Day last month, was one of six cornerback prospects among the Cowboys’ national visitors.
Connecticut's Byron Jones, shown at the school’s Pro Day last month, was one of six cornerback prospects among the Cowboys’ national visitors. AP

It appears more and more likely the best player available at No. 27 just might fit the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest need.

While the Cowboys had only 28 sacks last season and learned of defensive end Greg Hardy’s 10-game suspension Wednesday, cornerback suddenly looks as if it ranks at the top of the list for Dallas.

To that end, the Cowboys had six cornerbacks among their 30 national visitors to Valley Ranch. Marcus Peters, Byron Jones, Kevin Johnson and Jalen Collins all are potential prospects at No. 27 after visiting Dallas.

Peters and Jones rate as favorite choices for the Cowboys in mock drafts.

P.J. Williams and Josh Shaw, the other two corners to visit the Cowboys, are projected as second-round choices.

The Cowboys thought they had fixed their cornerback problem in 2012 when they spent big money on Brandon Carr in free agency and traded up to get Morris Claiborne. But here they go again….

Claiborne continues to rehab from a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee, which will keep him out until some point in training camp. He has missed 19 regular-season games in his three seasons. In the 29 games he has played, the sixth overall pick in 2012 made only three interceptions with 19 pass breakups.

Brandon Carr signed a five-year, $50.1 million deal in 2012, with an $8 million base salary and a $12.2 million cap number for this season. The Cowboys are expected to ask Carr to take a pay cut, which Carr’s agent, Ben Dogra, already has said Carr will refuse. Thus, the Cowboys could release Carr after June 1, saving them $8 million against the cap in 2015 with a $7.4 million charge in dead money against the 2016 cap.

Then, there’s Orlando Scandrick, who has been the team’s most consistent cornerback the past few seasons. He was a no-show to the start of the team’s offseason program this week. Scandrick is unhappy with a contract that will pay him $1.5 million in 2015, less than Carr and Claiborne.

The Cowboys claimed Corey White off waivers from the Saints, and they have Tyler Patmon, who played 71 defensive snaps last season as a rookie. But it appears they could use help at the position, with Carr, Claiborne and Scandrick’s futures unsettled.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

 

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