Nick Eatman has a piece on the workout regimens that began at Valley Ranch on Monday. Joe Juraszek is back doing his thing, getting the Boys ready to rock. All you Alan Ball fans take heart, he’s making his move! Who needs Pacman?
Juraszek said some of the players, including quarterback Richard Bartel, cornerback Alan Ball and safety Courtney Brown, even participated in a nine-week program leading up to this week, which gave them somewhat of an advantage heading into Monday's workouts.
Juraszek said he can already see a difference in Ball's physique. Ball, a seventh-round pick from Illinois, was listed last year at 6-1, 176.
"Alan Ball has gotten bigger," Juraszek said. "He's really impressed me with his strength."
The SB Nation Mock Draft is running daily over at Mocking The Draft. It looks like McFadden just went off the board. I’ll keep you updated when our turn rolls around.
Since we’re talking about mock drafts, let’s post a few. Pat Kirwan over at NFL.com.
22. Jonathan Stewart
Assuming the Cowboys get the trade for CB Pacman Jones done before the draft and he is eligible to play in 2008, the Cowboys can resolve the running back and receiver needs in the first round. Stewart may not be ready to work at camp but he would be drafted higher if he didn't have toe surgery. Dallas comes back for the wide receiver at the No. 28 pick.
28. DeSean Jackson
The Cowboys come right back and take a speedy wide receiver with return skills. He has skills similar to Terry Glenn and would be a solid selection. Pacman could be in Dallas and would handle the punt return duties while Jackson learns to play receiver.
22. Dallas Cowboys (from 10-6 CLE) -- DeSean Jackson, WR, California
Sure, Jackson has limitations at 5-foot-10 and 169 pounds. But he's the fastest and most dangerous open-field weapon this class has to offer. In addition to his big-play potential in the return game, Jackson could become a nice complementary weapon for QB Tony Romo opposite Terrell Owens.
28. Dallas Cowboys -- Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
It doesn't sound like owner Jerry Jones will pursue a deal to move up for Darren McFadden, which is wise. However, he could settle for Arkansas' other first-round running back prospect, Jones, whose breakaway speed (along with his versatility as a receiver and return specialist) makes him a good complement to Marion Barber, a more physical runner.
It looks like the trendy thing to do in the recent mocks; assume Pacman is coming and have the Cowboys draft a RB and a WR.
The NFL approved the "radio in the helmet" rule for the defense.
In a separate move, the competition committee picked up three more votes this year and passed the "coach-to-defense" signal-calling system 25-7.
Defensive coaches now will have the ability to put radio speakers in two helmets, but only one of those helmets will be allowed on the field on a given play.
Wade Phillips likes it, and busts the Patriots chops just a bit over Spygate.
"They were filming signals," Phillips said of the Patriots. "If you didn't have any signals, it wouldn't have happened. I'm just happy to get something passed. That way you don't have to worry about it. People were putting towels up in front of people. You shouldn't have to play football that way."
Still dreaming of Ocho Cinco? The Bengals say no way.