ESPN has reported that the Cowboys have reached a deal with free agent lineman Leonard Davis. It will be interesting what this does with the Cowboys’ focus in the draft, given that UT guard/tackle Justin Blalock is an early favorite. My own opinion, which counts for nothing: take Blalock, giving the line two versatile players who can play both guard and tackle.
Here is a little bit more from ESPN:
The Dallas Cowboys are finalizing an agreement with free agent offensive lineman Leonard Davis, the second pick in the 2001 NFL draft who has played the last six seasons for the Arizona Cardinals, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPN.com.
Davis, 6-feet-6, 366 pounds, is expected to play either right tackle or right guard for the Cowboys, depending on the resolution of contract talks with current Cowboys right tackle Marc Columbo, an unrestricted free agent the Cowboys hope to re-sign.
Davis’ contract is expected to exceed the free agent deals of Bills guard Derrick Dockery (7 years, $49 million) and Browns guard Eric Steinbach (7 years, $49.5 million).
Davis visted the Washington Redskins and was considering a visit to the New York Giants, but decided on the Cowboys due to a desire to stay close to his hometown of Wortham, Texas, just south of Dallas.
Davis was an All-America tackle at the University of Texas, and played his first three seasons at guard for the Cardinals before switching to tackle the last three seasons.
One of the mock draft services– Draft Tek– has a list of all seven rounds of the draft. Here is
the Cowboys’ draft according to that site (and take note of #5).
1. Reggie Nelson, FS, Florida
2. Victor Abiamiri, DE, Notre Dame
3. Buster Davis, ILB, Florida State
4. Michael Coe, CB, Alabama St.
5. Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State.
6a. (from N.Y. Jets) Keith Jackson, DT, Arkansas
6b. Brandon Myles, WR, West Virginia
7a. Steven Rissler, OG, Florida
7b. Stephon Heyer, OT, Maryland