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After early pass, Cowboys land corner in sixth with Anthony Brown

The Cowboys seriously considered taking Jalen Ramsey with the fourth overall pick on Thursday but passed. With cornerback a big need, the Cowboys answered the call with the first of their four sixth-round picks and took Purdue’s Anthony Brown at No. 189 overall.

My take: The Cowboys re-signed Morris Claiborne in free agency and got Brandon Carr to accept a pay cut earlier in the offseason, but they are set to be free agents in 2017. The Cowboys are looking for some cornerback depth, which is why Brown fits.

Brown had four interceptions last season (the first four of his career) and he had 9.5 tackles for loss and 15 pass breakups. What is his greatest trait? Speed. He ran a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at the combine, which was second fastest among the cornerbacks.

The only interceptions the Cowboys had last year from their cornerbacks came from Deji Olatoye and Terrance Mitchell. Three of Brown’s interceptions came against Nebraska.

Odds and ends: Assistant secondary coach Greg Jackson came to the Cowboys from Michigan, where he was familiar with Brown’s work ... This is the second straight year the Cowboys have drafted a player from Purdue. Last year it was defensive end Ryan Russell in the fifth round.