Now seemed like a good time for another mock draft roundup.
Let's start with the unintentionally funny. Don Banks and his editor over at SI.com need some help.
The Cowboys secondary was torched in December, and with the abundance of first-round talent at cornerback, Wade Phillips won't overlook his top need. Hughes, a strong cover man, would give Dallas the option of shifting Anthony Henry to free safety.
OK Don, are we drafting Aaron Ross or Daymeion Hughes? Just wondering.
Though the Cowboys likely have more glaring needs at safety and the offensive line, Jerry Jones would be delighted to scoop up a talent like Jarrett with the 22nd pick. Dallas's passing game was among the league's best in '06. However, the Cowboys starting wideouts are not getting any younger.
Don't like it, I don't think we need to spend our 1st round pick on a WR - unless it's Calvin Johnson!
Nelson stamped his standing as the No. 2 safety in the 2007 class when he blazed a 4.35 40 at Florida's recent pro day. He isn't great against the run, but Nelson is a ball hawk center fielder who would complement SS Roy Williams extremely well.
It no longer appears that Anthony Henry will move to free safety after all, and considering Meriweather should be available when Dallas drafts, that's a decision that makes sense. Meriweather can cover the deep middle, allowing Roy Williams to play closer to the line of scrimmage and Pat Watkins to learn the nickel from Aaron Glenn, who's close to retirement.
Why would Pat Watkins, a FS, be learning the nickel from a CB?
Off-field red flags will be enough to scare off some teams, but the Cowboys have always shown a willingness to gamble on greatness. Due to the press given to LaRon Landry and Reggie Nelson, Meriweather doesn't always get his due, but the former Hurricane is among this draft's top defenders and would fill a huge need as a coverage safety to pair with Roy Williams.
I think the Cowboys will look at the best corners, safeties and wide receivers at this spot. With three or four solid wide receivers and at least two defensive backs left with first-round grades, Jerry Jones will get a good player.
Revis, who also can contribute as a return specialist, shows good coverage skills and has the size and strength to help against the run. If new coach Wade Phillips can plug in Revis as a starter right away, he could move veteran cornerback Anthony Henry to free safety.
Notice a pattern? Almost everybody has us taking a safety or cornerback, or a combo back who can play both. Interesting.
But my favorite pick, which breaks the pattern.
He is a perfect 3-4 end and can provide a Luis Castillo-like player for Wade Phillips, who comes over from San Diego as head coach.