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Yesterday I posted how Mel Kiper had Dallas taking S Jason Allen at #18. Well, I think you can throw that pick in the garbage can. I found this on ESPN Insider (sub. required).

Rather than bolting to the NFL a year early, Tennessee DB Jason Allen returned to school for his senior season in 2005 hoping to solidify a spot in the top half of the first round of this year's draft. A tweener cornerback/free safety prospect, Allen was enjoying a successful season at cornerback before suffering a season-ending dislocated hip in Game 5 versus Georgia.

As expected, his stock immediately plummeted because of concerns about his durability. Allen was able to ease some of those concerns when he showed up healthy at the scouting combine and ran both his 40-yard dash attempts in the low 4.4-second range. At that point, NFL teams reportedly were viewing him as a first-round prospect again.

However, Allen has since failed at least two physicals administered privately by NFL teams. With that news spreading like wildfire, Allen's stock is declining again, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the 6-foot-1, 209-pound defensive back slip to the middle of the second round -- or even beyond that point.

Sean Payton keeps trying to raid the Cowboys with varying degrees of success. Mickey Spags has had enough.

That Sean Payton, he needs to get a grip.

First he takes Cowboys linebackers coach Gary Gibbs with him to New Orleans, where he was named head coach in late January.

Then he tries to take offensive line coach Tony Sparano as his potential offensive coordinator, but was rebuffed by the Cowboys, who denied him permission to talk to Sparano, who was eventually named his successor here as assistant head coach.

Then he signs Cowboys unrestricted free-agent linebacker Scott Fujita.

Probably a good thing the Cowboys signed Tony Romo last off-season to a two-year deal, otherwise, I'd imagine Payton would have tried to sign him as a backup quarterback.

And now Payton and the Saints have signed Cowboys 15-game starter last year at safety and special teams dynamo Keith Davis to a restricted free-agent offer sheet.

The RanchReport (sub. required) documents our interest in some defensive linemen.
Recently, the Dallas Cowboys held a private workout with former Texas defensive tackle Rod Wright (6-5, 306), has learned.


Dallas extensively interviewed Michigan's Gabe Watson at the Senior Bowl earlier this year, and Michigan State's Domata Peko will be flying to Dallas next Monday for a two-day visit to Valley Ranch.

Wright, a projected fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft by, offers good size and outstanding natural talent. The biggest question involves his attitude.

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