Cowboys News Links: Free Agents, Pro Days & Mock Drafts

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What else is happening besides the signings of Durant & Allen? A few odds & ends.

Another Cowboys free agent has found a new home. Victor Butler will re-unitewith Rob Ryan and play for the New Orleans Saints.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Butler ended his free agent tour by picking the Saints. Butler had also visited the Steelers, Browns and Eagles, but chose to reunite with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

With the signing of Butler by another team, the Cowboys 12-man 2009 draft class is officially done in Dallas. You can read details of the whole sordid mess here. Remember some of these names? Stephen Hodge, Mike Mickens, Robert Brewster? Yikes!

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The Cowboys might have signed safety Will Allen, but Kenny Vaccaro's name keeps showing up in mock drafts. (Of course, these mocks were done just prior to Allen's signing). Todd McShay is another one.

Analysis: Vaccaro ran the 40 in just 4.63 at the combine, but other than that it's hard to find a significant concern about his game. He is fluid in coverage, can drop down over slot receivers, and is physical and aggressive in run support. All that makes him a safe pick, despite that 40 time. I've seen enough on tape to believe Vaccaro can be a top-tier starter in the NFL, and he would be a great addition for a Dallas secondary that has been searching for a do-it-all safety. Plugging him in alongside 2012 first-round pick CB Morris Claiborne would make for a nice foundation on the back end of the defense.

* McShay also does the 2nd round: #47 - Dallas - Kyle Long - G - Oregon

We'll have to see how this plays out. The Cowboys could still be looking at Vaccaro, Will Allen isn't exactly a sure-fire starter, neither is Matt Johnson. So Dallas could still go with Vaccaro. It will be interesting to see if next week the Vaccaro-to-Dallas mocks start to dry up, or will pundits stick with it.

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In place of Vaccaro, the Cowboys could hope someone like Eric Reid from LSU is available to them post-first-round.

Possible Cowboys Fits: [Eric] Reid said he had a pre-draft workout with the Cowboys last Monday, and [Bennie] Logan said he worked out with the Cowboys last Tuesday. While much of the focus at safety has been on the University of Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro, Reid could be another possibility, particularly if he starts to drop in the second round. He said he wanted to demonstrate to scouts that he could be smooth in drills and run his 40-yard dash faster, and he achieved both, recording an official time of 4.50 in the 40-yard dash.

The Cowboys have needs at safety and defensive tackle, and Logan said he could play the one or the three technique in the 4-3 system. Logan wasn’t as highly recruited as many of the Tigers competing at the LSU Pro Day, but he quickly became a mainstay on LSU’s defensive line. He has a valuable ability to rush from the inside as a tackle, recording two sacks last year.

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Finally, we made the Cowboys pick in the annual SB Nation Mock Draft. I opened it to a vote by the front-page writers, and Johnathan Cooper was the winner (much to OCC's disapproval). Check the whole thing out here.

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