Jerry Jones and staff have left Bill Parcells behind to fill out his coaching staff. Speaking to press in Mobile, Jones complemented the impressive list of offensive tackles, particularly the South squad's trio of Marcus McNeill, Eric Winston and Jonathan Scott. All impressed in yesterday's initial practice. Jones hinted that OT was a position for the second and later rounds, leading to speculation voiced on this blog that FS and OLB will be the top priorities for the Cowboys top pick this April.
One name to watch is Tulsa TE/FB Garrett Mills. Mills set a single season record for Division-I tight ends last year with 1,235 yards on 87 receptions. Mills has been moved to fullback for Senior Bowl week. Mills has worked in the backfield before and his transition could intrigue a team like Dallas if Mills impresses. He's 6'2" and 236 lbs. and will need to demonstrate blocking skills. However, he has played on special teams and at first glance resembles a young Richie Anderson. Anderson's versatility made him a Parcells favorite in New York and he was one of the first veterans Parcells acquired upon taking the Cowboys' job. Anderson's body broke down but in his prime he could play fullback, halfback, tight end and receiver. He allowed his offense to play multiple formations without having to substitute. He was a demon in no-huddle offenses.
The Cowboys could use an upgrade at fullback and depth at tight end. Follow his progress.