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Matt McGuire's 2008 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis
Dallas Cowboys



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Dallas Cowboys (Last Year: 13-3)

General manager Jeff Ireland moves onto South Beach from Dallas, so it will be interesting how the Cowboys operate with Jerry Jones basically calling the shots with no other player personnel authority. Not many needs for the Cowboys, but with two first-round draft picks, this is certainly a team to watch in the first round. Right to the trade projections in the first round:

Wide Receiver: There is a plethora of first-round receivers who can make an immediate impact on this football team, but more importantly on down the line with Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn getting older. Devin Thomas, DeSean Jackson, James Hardy and Limas Sweed are the most likely targets with either the Nos. 22 or 28 picks in the first round.

Mendenhall/Stewart/Jones: It is well known that Jerry is a Razorback alumnus, so he could be targeting Felix Jones, In my opinion, I think it would be a very bad news to select a running back in the first round. Barber is a workhorse back, and you can draft an extremely good complement later in this ultra-deep class.

Aqib Talib/Antoine Cason/Tracy Porter: This would more likely happen at No. 28 than 22 because of better value, but there is no doubt that corner is the greatest need for Dallas.

Trade Up for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: There could be a bidding war between Dallas and Philadelphia for DRC. Obviosuly, the Cowboys have more ammunition. A team that desperately wants to trade down is Chicago. If the Cowboys don't make the move, Arizona or Philadelphia could draft him. If DRC is still on the board at No. 14 it could be a spot where Jerry Jones would want to pull the trigger.

Chicago Receives: Nos. 22, 61, & 126 (1,118 TVC points)

Dallas Receives: No. 14 (1,100 TVC points)

Whom else could Dallas be targeting in the second round and on? If they don't go with a corner in the first round, Porter, Tyvon Branch, Terrell Thomas, and Charles Godfrey would make a lot of sense in the second to third round draft range.

Running back depth is an obvious area of concern. Jamaal Charles, Felix Jones, Chris Johnson, Ray Rice and Steve Slaton are possibilities with the Cowboys' second-round draft choice. If they are going later in the mid rounds, Steve Slaton could still be on the board, as well as Kevin Smith and Chauncey Washington,

It wouldn't be a bad move to add even more depth at inside linebacker, especially if Bobby Carpenter is traded on Draft Day. Jonathon Goff, Beau Bell and Jameel McClain would make sense in the second to fourth rounds, but if they wanted to draft an inside linebacker later on, Jeremy Leman, Marc Magro, and Spencer Larson are in their late round draft range.

Nose tackle depth behind Jay Ratliff wouldn't be a bad move either. Frank Okam or Frank Morton in the late rounds would add a lot of depth and can play multiple positions on the 3-4 defensive front other than zero technique.

I think an upgrade could be made at left guard with Kyle Kosier there. Chilo Rachal and Carl Nicks (if he falls to No. 61) are very real possibilities in the second round. Roy Schuening, Mike McGlynn, Eric Young, and Robert Felton fit what the Cowboys look for in the third to fifth round draft range.





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