Originally posted on Lone Star Struck  |  Last updated 6/7/12

Brandon Carr is a big part of revamped Cowboys secondary.

America’s team is gearing up for another run, and time is running short for this group of guys. The Cowboys were good but not good enough last season, and they have done a lot of work in the draft and free agency to remedy that; however they are a long shot at +2500 on the NFL odds board to claim Super Bowl XLVII. Let’s take a look at some of their key draft acquisitions, along with some of their free agent wins and losses so far this summer.

Draft recap

The Cowboys made one of the first big moves of the draft, as they moved up to 6th overall to take cornerback Morris Claiborne. Claiborne was without a doubt the best corner in this draft, as there are very few holes in his game heading into the NFL. He is the perfect size for a corner, and has the speed and ceiling to be a shut down corner in this league.

The Cowboys went defense a lot in the draft. Their first four selections were on the defensive side of the ball, including a defensive end, linebacker and safety to go along with Claiborne. It appears the Cowboys realized that they had a bad secondary and needed to get guys who can help rush the passer and cover receivers.

Free agents

Dallas went out and scooped up CB Brandon Carr in free agency. The problem for Dallas so far has been retaining free agents, as well as bringing in new ones. So far, the Boys have only brought back one free agent from last season’s team, while they have lost seven. They have signed seven new players, but they lost out on the likes of Laurent Robinson, Terence Newman, Bradie James and Alan Ball. Dallas still has a lot of work to do before the season.

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