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Cowboys Focus On Defense in 2012 Draft | Analysis/Reaction

The Cowboys clearly had an agenda in mind going into the 2012 NFL Draft. The Cowboys finished the 2012 Draft with 5 out of 7 picks being defensive, which is something they haven’t done in almost 30 years. Thanks to the draft, it would appear that Rob Ryan’s defense is starting to take form.

They upgraded the secondary with free agent signings of Brodney Pool and Brandon Carr and drafted Morris Claiborne, arguably the best DB in the draft, and Matt Johnston. By drafting Tyrone Crawford and Kyle Wilber, they added much needed Depth on their defensive line. Hopefully adding this type of depth will keep the defensive strong late in the season.

The Cowboys also addressed the loss of Laurent Robinson and Martellus Bennett by drafting wide receiver Danny Coale, who has been compared to Wes Welker and tight end James Hanna who has to be better than Bennett.

I think the Cowboys did a great job over the weekend and certainly are going with the “defense wins championships” approach. Is it time to get into camp yet?


1st Round, 6th Pick (6th Overall)
CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
3rd Round, 18th Pick (81st Overall)
DE Tyrone Crawford, Boise St.
4th Round, 18th Pick (113th Overall)
OLB Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest
4th Round, 40th Pick (135th Overall)
S Matt Johnson, EWU
5th Round, 17th Pick (152nd Overall)
WR Danny Coale, Virginia Tech
6th Round, 16th Pick (186th Overall)
TE James Hanna, Oklahoma
7th Round, 15th Pick (222nd Overall)
ILB Caleb McSurdy, Montana