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Jerry Jones Fires Up the Smoke Machine Published 3/27/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

The NFP's Greg Gabriel, a former personnel chief for the Bears, outlines the manner and method to teams' pre-draft fibs here. Gabriel pays special attention to Jerry Jones' remark that he's already received two offers to move down, and interprets this as code by Jones that the Cowboys are open to dealing down.  Gabriel offers a compelling... read more→


Tyron Smith -- Cowboys Mock Wrecker or Mock Fixer? Published 3/26/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

My intricate mock permutations could be rendered moot on March 30th.  That's when USC holds its Pro Day and Tyron Smith will run through all the drills.  Sez Wes in today's National Football Post "NFL Draft Rumors" piece: -- Southern Cal OT Tyron Smith is said to be at the top of the wish list for the Dallas Cowboys... read more→


A New Cowboys Draft Assignment & Another Idol Published 3/26/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Steven Van Over

I've had a strong response for this week's permutation, what would you do with the picks generated by a trade down with San Diego at pick 18? I have another mock of this type to post. First, I want to give you this week's permutation. Let's say a top pass rusher pops into pick 9 and the Cowboys get a call from New England. The Pats are loaded,... read more→


Cowboys Draft Friday: Mocker Idols Published 3/24/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Steven Van Over

Yesterday, I asked readers to try their hand at my mock hypothetical, which has the Cowboys trading down to the 18th spot with San Diego, and gaining the 50th pick as a reward. Here, are two competing lists for the title of this week's Mocker Idol. Feel free to add your abridged version of this hypothetical mock in the comments thread.I. Blog... read more→


Cowboys Nation Mock 9.0: Meat and Potatoes Published 3/24/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

With all the recent talk of tiers and preparedness, I'm going to try a twist on a familiar approach.   I've worked out past mocks where the Cowboys traded down.  This week, I'm going to riff off a prior trade down, with a specific purpose -- can I obtain three players in the initial rounds who can make significant contributions as... read more→


Cowboys Draft Profiles, Part II: The Incredible Disappearing Guards Published 3/23/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

The Cowboys have a split personality on their offensive line -- and in their front office's thinking about stocking that line.  Look at the current starters on the roster:LG Kyle Kosier -- 6'5'', 309 lbs.RG Leonard Davis -- 6'6'', 355 lbs.Two different sizes and two different styles.  Kosier is a more mobile player.  He pulls well.... read more→


Wes' Weekly Draft Chat, Part II: Focus on the 2nd Round Published 3/23/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

We resume our weekly chat with the National Football Post's draft expert Wes Bunting discussing risers and fallers, 2nd round options, the effect of the Wonderlic test and possible 1st round trade partners. Cowboys Nation:  Let's finish with the inside linebacker spot.  I know I'm circling back to it, but we've had little to go on thus... read more→


Wes' Weekly Draft Chat: An Inside Backer Worth Considering Published 3/22/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

In part one of Cowboys Nation's weekly chat with the National Football Post's Wes Bunting, we discuss offensive tackle value, shaky players at the top of the board and one possible inside linebacker prospect for Dallas to consider high.Cowboys Nation:  I want to work off a piece you wrote yesterday, where you slotted players according to... read more→


A Cowboys Puzzle -- Fitting Two Starters into Two Top Picks Published 3/22/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Draft Teaser, 1:10 pm:  I've set up an impromptu chat with Wes Bunting at 1:30 today.  Drop your last-minute questions at the top of the thread.  Part one should be up around 3:00 pm CT.Much of the debate over prospects on this site has focused on preparedness.  How soon can a rookie prospect contribute.  The team expects... read more→


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