Originally posted on Lone Star Struck  |  Last updated 5/30/12

Last season, the Cowboys got a nice rookie present in the form of DeMarco Murray. After injuries to the Cowboys’ backfield, Murray stepped in and took the Cowboys and the NFL by storm. Dallas seemed to have a pretty good draft back in April, and the question is, do they have another Murray lying in their draft selections? Dallas made some moves on draft day, so let’s take a look at the impact rookies for Dallas this season and how they might affect their NFL odds.

Morris Claiborne

This is an easy answer for me, because the Cowboys moved up several spots to get this guy number 6 overall. Claiborne was by far the best cornerback in the draft, and the young LSU prospect has a lot of skill, and is much needed for a secondary that was below average last season.

Claiborne isn’t a big corner, as he is only 5’11 and 188 pounds, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for with speed and ball skills. He had 6 interceptions in his final college season, and he runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. He should plug in nicely with the Cowboys.

Cowboys’ steals

The two guys that caught my eye for the Cowboys on draft day were their third and fifth round selections. At 81st overall the Cowboys went defense again, and selected Tyrone Crawford, defensive end out ofBoiseState. Even though his football grades are average, he is very big (6’4 275 lbs.) and very fast (4.89 forty-yard dash). He will fit very nicely in the defensive end rotation and will learn a lot next to DeMarcus Ware.

The other guy that caught my eye is wide receiver Danny Coale. Coale was selected in the 5th round (152nd overall) out of Virginia Tech. Coale is a warrior on the field, and has excellent hands. Even though he is pretty fast, he isn’t a great route runner yet, but he had one of the best 3-cone drills of any receiver in the draft, and when he gets better at separating, he will be a great deep ball threat for the Cowboys.

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