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Cowboys Rookie Recap: CB Anthony Brown
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The Dallas Cowboys drafted Purdue cornerback, Anthony Brown, with the 189th pick in the 2016 NFL draft. The Cowboys front office was ecstatic at the time with the selection of Brown in the sixth round. It was reported the Cowboys had a third round grade on the rookie cornerback.
Anthony Brown was expected to provide depth at the cornerback position for the Dallas Cowboys. Not much was expected out of the sixth round rookie, but injuries to Orlando Scandrick and Morris Claiborne throughout the season thrust Anthony Brown into key roles on the Cowboys defense. Brown was first forced into action in week one versus the New York Giants when Orlando Scandrick exited the game with a hamstring injury.
Scandrick returned to his slot corner role in week two versus the Washington Redskins. With the hamstring injury still nagging Scandrick, Anthony Brown took over the role for the following four weeks versus Chicago, San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Green Bay. Scandrick returned versus Philadelphia following the bye week, but Morris Claiborne fell to injury during the 29-23 overtime win against Philadelphia. Brown was thrust back into a key role with Claiborne's injury.
The sixth round rookie cornerback posted 51 tackles, eight passes defended, one interception, and one forced fumble in his first professional season. In comparison, the first cornerback selected in the 2016 NFL draft, Jalen Ramsey, posted 65 tackles, 14 passes defended, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one defensive touchdown this season. Ramsey had a more productive rookie season than Anthony Brown, but Ramsey logged more defensive snaps than the sixth round rookie while also being selected 185 picks ahead of Brown.
The second cornerback selected in the 2016 NFL draft was Ohio State cornerback, Eli Apple. Apple was selected 10th overall by the New York Giants. Apple posted 49 tackles, seven passes defended, one interception, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries in his first professional season. Comparing Apple and Brown statistically, Anthony Brown was a more productive player while being selected 180 picks later than Apple in the draft.
The Dallas Cowboys secondary is heading into their first playoff game healthy with Morris Claiborne back in the mix. Anthony Brown may be limited to dime packages during the divisional round matchup versus the Green Bay Packers. While his role may be diminished heading into the playoffs, Anthony Brown's future with the Dallas Cowboys is bright. The Dallas Cowboys struck gold in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft. Anthony Brown will be a key player for the Dallas Cowboys defense for many years to come.
Mike Walker is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan that writes for PFS. Follow him on twitter @MikeWalkerPFS.
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