Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 4/29/12
Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr spent Thursday night watching the first round of the NFL Draft with a few of his teammates at Cowboys Stadium. Shortly after he began autographing memorabilia for fans, his night took a bit of a surprising turn when the Cowboys announced that they had traded their first and second round picks to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the sixth overall selection, a pick then used to select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Some might think Carr, who signed a five-year, 50.1 million contract with the Cowboys last month, would be concerned that his new team was adding another cornerback, especially after already having Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick on the roster. But that wasn't the case. "It's only going to make everybody better," Carr said after an NFL Play 60 fitness event Sunday in North Dallas. "As far as secondary, this league is so pass-happy now that you need an ample amount of DBs to go out there and defend the pass. I'm all about competition. "If Claiborne can push me, I can push him. We both get something out of it. As far as the other DBs we got on the squad, we're all going to push each other. That's how we're going to get to that elite level." By adding a pair of shutdown corners in Carr and Claiborne, the Cowboys have turned their defensive backfield from weakness to strength in less than two months. Shortly after the selection was announced, Carr jumped on his Twitter account and typed: "Uh ohhhhhhhhh it's on now!!!!!!!!!!" And before the night was over, without talking directly to Carr, Claiborne made a positive draft night impression on his new teammate, simply by the way he answered questions in a television interview with former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders. "I was looking at the screen, and told my girlfriend, 'Yeah, he's going to be special,'" Carr said. "He pretty much said that he got drafted but it's not the end of the road, he's going to work to become that elite corner. That's the same way I felt going through this whole free agency process. "When I got my deal, I was like, 'I'm just getting started.' Hopefully we'll be on the same page and get this thing going." Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota
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