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Cowboys have Huff on their radar in the draft

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Clarence E, Hill, Jr. in the DFW S-T, makes the case that the Cowboys are considering moving up in the draft to get Texas S Michael Huff. If Huff goes in the top-10 like most observers think, it would be very expensive for Dallas to trade up to get him. Huff is a special player and obviously could really help the Cowboys at a position of need, FS. But my instincts tell me that the price would be too high for Bill Parcells. Now, if Huff starts slipping a little and ends up still on the board in the lower teens, the Cowboys might be willing to pay that price to get the star safety.

The article also notes some of the big name players who are visiting Valley Ranch besides Huff.

Among the others are Southern Cal running back LenDale White, Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter, UT-El Paso linebacker Thomas Howard, USC tackle Winston Justice, USC tight end Dominique Byrd and Tennessee safety Jason Allen.

Huff, the only visitor considered a top 10 caliber pick, talked to owner Jerry Jones and the defensive coaches Monday at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine. He is to meet with coach Bill Parcells today.

Nick Eatman discusses the Cowboys needs on the defensive line in his on-going series about the draft. Dallas is pretty set at the defensive end positions with Marcus Spears and Chris Canty, with backups Greg Ellis, Kenyon Coleman and Jay Ratliff in the mix. But where they come up short is at NT where Jason Ferguson is that starter and has no one behind him with the departure of La'Roi Glover. Parcells seems to like Thomas "Pepper" Johnson but I'm not sure he's counting on him to regularly spell Ferguson at this point in Johnson's career.

So Dallas has a big need at NT and will need to address it in the draft. Eatman gives a few names to consider besides Haloti Ngata who will probably be long gone by the time the Cowboys' turn rolls around.

However, with the Cowboys needing more nose tackles, look for Michigan's Gabe Watson (6-3, 341), Texas' Rodrique Wright (6-4, 309) and LSU's Claude Wroten (6-1, 295) to be strong possibilities.