Draft Day Target: CB Dunta Robinson

Should the Cowboys elect to select a cornerback in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft, South Carolina's Dunta Robinson headlines a short list of top notch athletes that could bring stability to position recently vacated by Mario Edwards.

CB Dunta Robinson
5-11, 186, 4.37
South Carolina
Projected Draft Position: Late 1st Round

With the departure of Mario Edwards to Tampa Bay, the upcoming NFL Draft presents the Dallas Cowboys with an excellent opportunity to find his replacement.

Edwards was solid, if not unspectacular during his four-year career in Dallas. However, his inability to shutdown the big play was always a concern and to most analysts, he was the obvious weakest link in the Cowboys' secondary.

His loss was somewhat unexpected, but at the same time, you won't see Bill Parcells or Jerry Jones shedding too many tears over his departure.

About 10 days from now, the organization will try to find his replacement.

And one of the top targets on the board is South Carolina cornerback Dunta Robinson, a speedster that has as much upside as any defensive back in the draft.

South Carolina cornerback Dunta Robinson is one of the most physically gifted defensive backs available this year, but he must develop more instincts at the next level.
"He's a physically gifted cover corner with top athleticism," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline. "He's quick footed, fast backpedaling off the line, and moves with speed in every direction."

"He's also explosive closing on the action, and possesses a tremendous break on the pass and flashes on the scene. He can get vertical, contorting at every possible angle to defend the throw."

Robinson recorded 50 tackles, 12 passes broken up, and 1 interception during his senior year at South Carolina. The Gamecocks finished a disappointing 5-7 last season, but Robinson continued to be one of the top performers in the SEC at cornerback.

"He possesses skills that translate well to the next level," adds Pauline. "He's best suited as a zone corner though and could stand to improve his press-cover skills."

Two weeks ago, the Cowboys probably weren't all that interested in bringing a guy like Dunta Robinson to the organization, but with a clear need now at cornerback, he could certainly be a player that would be given heavy consideration under the right circumstances.

Would the Cowboys draft a defensive back for three consecutive years in the first round?

The common answer heard on sports talk radio and Internet message boards would tell you no, but Bill Parcells will go after "the best player available."

And surely, if Robinson was available in the second round, the Cowboys would be ecstatic. Unfortunately, most experts agree that he'll be selected somewhere near the end of the first.

Hence, it all comes down to where Robinson ranks on the board once the Cowboys go on the clock.

There's little doubt that he has the skill to perform at a high level in the NFL, not to mention an enormous upside. After all, he's only played cornerback for two seasons and look what's he done.

But it will likely take some extraordinary circumstances to get him in the silver and blue.

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