With the 12th pick in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected defensive back Josh Thomas from the University of Buffalo.
The Cowboys had been rumored to select Prince Amukamara in the first round of the draft, but Dallas opted instead to rebuild the offensive line with the selection of Tyron Smith. Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett waited until the fifth round to use a draft pick on a cornerback - and they selected a quality cover corner in the form of Josh Thomas.
NFL.com offered this analysis of the Josh Thomas selection:
The Cowboys wait until the later rounds to address their secondary concerns but pick up a quality cover corner in Thomas. He has good instincts and awareness but lacks elite speed. While he might not factor into the starting lineup early in his career, he could be a quality addition to their sub-packages.