Let me introduce you to the smartest sportswriter out there, Bucky Brooks. And why is he so smart? Because his draft advice for the Cowboys is exactly the same as mine!
My Advice: Without huge holes on their roster, the Cowboys can focus on taking the best available player in each round. Darrelle Revis or Aaron Ross would be great picks in the first round and they could find their receiver of the future in the second round. Anthony Gonzalez should be there.
Bada-bing! He nailed it. Feel free to make disparaging comments about Bucky and I in the comments.
Update [2007-4-26 12:23:23 by Grizz]: Clarification: As noted by you guys in the comments, Anthony Gonzalez probably wouldn't be there when we pick in the 2nd. I agree fully and should've made that clear in my post. My advice was to take a WR from the group that will still be around at that time, it was more the position than the player in the 2nd round. Of course, we could always try to move up in the 2nd to get Gonzalez. [END UPDATE]
As recently as the scouting combine in February, some projected Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch to be the first defensive player picked in this draft. Now Branch appears to be sliding and could fall into the early 20s. Scouts are questioning Branch's motor, the game he played against Ohio State, and it looks as if he now could go somewhere between Green Bay's pick at No. 16 and Denver's at No. 21.
Don't be surprised to see Cincinnati wind up with one of Texas' defensive backs at pick No. 18. Both cornerback Aaron Ross and safety Michael Griffin visited the Bengals, who ranked 31st in the league last season in pass defense. Each player would help the Bengals, but the belief around the league is Ross could help more.
- Dallas: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida
Moss is an excellent athlete who has the makings of an explosive and highly productive pass rusher, just the sort of addition that new coach Wade Phillips wants to make in his efforts to improve the Cowboys defense.
- **Dallas: Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU -- There certainly are a few good receivers left on the Dallas board, and it could be Ted Ginn or Dwayne Jarrett, but Bowe seems to be the consensus best wideout left on the board.
The Cowboys are always the leaders in off-the-beaten-path draft picks. Some worked out, but some never even attempted to play in the NFL.
Riley excelled in football and basketball in Kentucky and was picked as a receiver by the Cowboys in the 11th round of the 1967 draft.
The Cowboys are known as draft pioneers and had success with track stars like receiver Bob Hayes. Dallas drafted the Olympic superstar with the 334th of 336 picks in the 1984 draft. Lewis never tried out for the team.