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Cowboys Draft Rumors (News): Peterson Gone By #2?

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It's funny how I disdain gossip in the real world, and crave it in the sports one. With the invention of social media, every rumor can hit every sportsfan, and every opinion is assigned some level of credence because it's been put 'in print'. It's a lot to sift through. Let's take a look at the latest rumors around Thursday's draft, and how they might affect the Cowboys haul.

-- Draftheadquarters.com Shawn Zobel recently tweeted:

Was just told: "San Francisco loves Jake Locker. Willing to take Locker over Gabbert." Interestingvia TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

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-- CBS' Rob Rang reports that his source has Denver not as high on Marcel Dareus as they are on Patrick Peterson. To me, this would put the #2 pick in play if they actually do value Dareus, Peterson and Von Miller closely. Why wouldn't you pick up an extra pick in return for jumping Cincinnati for Gabbert?

Denver #Broncos going to surprise us? Sources say they "love" Patrick Peterson and aren't as high on Dareus. Trying to create trade buzz?via web Favorite Retweet Reply

-- NFL Network's Michael Lombardi says the 49ers interest in QB Blaine Gabbert at #7, 'lukewarm'. [rotoworld.com]

-- NFL Network's Mike Mayock predicts that Ryan Mallet will be a top 20 pick come Thursday. [rotoworld.com]

-- In an online chat. the Houston Chronicle's John McLain says that the Texans are going to jump a lot of teams, not just the Cowboys, and trade up to select either Von Miller or Patrick Peterson.

-- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic doesn't think that Arizona will be a destination for Blaine Gabbert.

-- CBS Sports Rob Rang predicts that the knee injury for Da'Quan Bowers will merit a draft day slide. This is in direct conflict with other rumors that say Bowers knee is a non-issue.

-- Cincinatti coach Marvin Lewis held a pre-draft presser. From the content, Cincy Enquirer scribe Joe Reedy inferred that the Bengals are going to target Christian Ponder, Florida State quarterback, in the second round.