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Dat Nguyen was always one of my favorite players on the Cowboys. The guy overcame a lot to be a top linebacker. It’s great to see him back in Big D, but he’s got a challenge ahead as a new coach. He has to learn the how to teach, and how to work with guys he once played beside. Now he gets to be on the other side grading players.

In the seven seasons Dat Nguyen played for the Cowboys, he wondered what was being said about him in the coaches' and scouts' meetings. Now a defensive assistant, Nguyen is on the inside of those meetings as the Cowboys prepare for the NFL draft.

"There's no gray area," Nguyen said. "You see where it is and you've got to understand that's the type of business this is. You're judged and graded on productivity. If you're not productive, you're not going to be around and play a long time. That's the thing with this game, it's about productivity."

Nick Eatman discusses the defensive line. We know we need someone to help at NT. Jason Ferguson is getting up there in age and Jay Ratliff is probably going to be an end, and Montavious Stanley hasn’t proven he’s the man for the job. Some possible candidates:

Other tackles the Cowboys might consider, possibly later in the first day of the draft, could be Tank Tyler (6-2, 306) of North Carolina State and Cal's Brandon Mebane (6-1, 310).

The defensive end starters are set, but have a lot to prove to hold on to that starter’s role. We have some depth, so drafting an end isn't a priority.

Rick Gosselin on a weak crop of linebackers.