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The Cowboys have had their chances to draft a tackle, given that Maryland’s Bruce Campbell did not go until the fourth round. However, the Cowboys (as is more typical than their pick of Dez Bryant) snagged to defensive players in the second and fourth rounds.
Sean Lee, LB, Penn State
Lee is supposed to provide depth this year at inside linebacker. At the worst, he may be a long-term replacement for Bobby Carpenter as a backup and as a special teams player. If things work out, Lee could eventually replace Keith Brooking.
The Cowboys picked up linebackers Jason Williams and Victor Butler last year, and if Williams shows development, Carpenter may be may be out.
Here is more on Lee.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB/S, Indiana (Pa.).
The Cowboys will apparently attempt to convert Owusu-Ansah to safety, and if so, the team has addressed one if its big needs. He is also a good returner and could take over duties on kickoff return.
Here is more on Owusu-Ansah.
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The Cowboys have three more picks, including two sixth round picks and a seventh. If the Cowboys take a tackle with one of these picks, here are some options:
Selvish Capers, West Virginia (awesome name)
Kyle Calloway, Iowa
Ciron Black, LSU
[Update: Okay, so these names were way off. The Cowboys took Notre Dame’s Sam Young]
There have been rumors on the past few weeks that receiver Dez Bryant could fall to the Cowboys in the draft, even though the Cowboys held the 27th overall pick. The chances were along the lines of a snowball’s chance in hell, given that the Cowboys still need to sign Miles Austin to a long-term deal and still have the costly bust known as Roy Williams.
Rumors that the Cowboys would move up to take safety Earl Thomas were more believable, but those rumors were largely squashed by team sources last night. By the time the 24th pick (held by the Patriots) came up, Bryant was still there. The Cowboys exchanged the #27 (1st round) and #90 (3rd round) picks for the Patriots’ picks at #24 and #119 (4th round).
It will be very interesting to see how the Cowboys handle the using the trio of Austin, Bryant, and Williams, along with other returning receivers and the Jason Witten. This, of course, assumes that the team keeps Williams, who told ESPN:
“If all goes well, not trying to talk noise, but if all goes well, we’ll have the best wide receiving corps in the league. Dez is a big dude, he can play. He will help us win some ballgames.”
Here are some of Bryant’s Oklahoma State highlights:
Fair to say that he catches the ball in traffic pretty well. I think this is a great move.