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NFL Draft Grades: Cowboys Earn An 'A' For Morris Claiborne

The team over at SB Nation's NFL page have conferred, and they've got their way-too-early grades for the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, with the Cowboys among only five teams earning an 'A' for their first round work:

Cowboys: I'm usually not a fan of trading up for a position other than quarterback. The Cowboys moved up from 14 to 6 but only paid the price of a second rounder, which is cheaper than usual, to pick up the top player at a premium position. After signing Brandon Carr in free agency, the Cowboys have a ton of potential in that secondary.

It's interesting to note that the rival Redskins are among the five 'A' teams as well for their no-brainer pick of Robert Griffin III at No. 2, while the rest of the NFC East (the Eagles and Giants) earned a 'B.' Granted, there's only eight teams in the entire league that had a first round pick who were graded average or worse, but it means that after one day of the 2012 NFL Draft, the NFC East isn't getting any easier.

For more on the 2012 NFL Draft and the Dallas Cowboys, check out Mocking The Draft, Blogging The Boys and SB Nation's NFL page.

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