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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys Plan To "Draft As Purely As Possible."

Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys have freedom to take the best player available in the draft; Morris Claiborne can't wait to practice; Cowboys not interested in former Giants safety Stevie Brown.

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With first-round pick, Cowboys have freedom to take the best player available | Rainer Sabin, Dallas Morning News
Sabin reviews how the Cowboys have used free agency to address all their positions of need, giving them added flexibility in the draft.

"When we get to the 27th pick in the draft, we’re going to try to determine who the best player is for the Dallas Cowboys and make our best decision," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "You want to be able to pick the right player for your team."

"I do think one of the goals that we have is, you don’t want to get yourself into a position where, come draft day, we’re desperate to take a guy at a particular position because you’re so void there," Garrett said recently. "That’s one of the decisions, one of the thought processes, that we have in free agency — to make sure that we draft as purely as possible. ... You certainly want to get your team to a point where you don’t have needs everywhere, where you become desperate come draft time."

Source: Contrary to report, Cowboys not interested in former Giants safety Stevie Brown | Dallas Morning News
A source within the Cowboys' organization shot down an earlier report and said the Cowboys are not interested in Brown. The earlier report was prompted by this tweet from Adam Shefter.

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne can't wait to practice | Mark Lane, FOX Sports
At a Children's Cancer Fund Luncheon on Friday Claiborne said that he hasn't been cleared to practice, and likely won't be until training camp as he continues to recover from a ruptured patellar tendon that could easily have ended his NFL career - and still can.

"I was at a point where people thought I wasn't going to walk again," Claiborne said. "I'm in a better place now in my life and in coping with my injuries and coming back from them."

"I can't wait. Like I said, it's one of those things. It's a day-by-day thing. I'm getting better each and every day; getting stronger each and every day. You know, that's all I can ask for at this moment."

Cole Beasley on the Cowboys signed him - Dallas Morning News
Beasley joined KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket earlier this week and among other things talked about how the Cowboys pursued him as a college free agent after the draft.

"I knew if I was undrafted I was going to go where I had the best chance to make a roster at. My first choice before the draft happened was the Texans. … My agent did all that stuff and he gave the best options and explained why and stuff like that. Then they drafted two or three guys in the draft and the Cowboys moved above them.

The Cowboys called me like five times the whole day. The Texans called me two or three times and the Washington Redskins called me after everything was all done. I guess they didn’t get they wanted so they called me, but it was already all done. I had already signed with the Cowboys."

UCLA's Eric Kendricks among NFL draft's top linebacker prospects - USA Today
Kendricks likely is a first-round prospect after an award-winning college career that included a Bruins career record with 481 tackles, the 2014 Butkus Award as the top college linebacker, and the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the nation's "defensive best in character and performance."

In his visits with teams, including the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys, he's been asked to demonstrate his understanding of defensive schemes on the drawing board.

"I'm definitely doing a lot of board (work)," Kendricks said. "That's my part of the game that I love. Get me on the board, let me explain how much I know about the game. I definitely pride myself on my knowledge of the game, so all of that's easy."

Todd McShay: Cowboys have chance to draft cornerback with ‘the tools to be great’ | Jon Machota - Dallas Morning News
Todd McShay was asked Friday why Washington’s Marcus Peters, Wake Forest’s Kevin Johnson, or Connecticut’s Byron Jones would be good fits for the Cowboys. His summarized comments:

Marcus Peters, 6-0, 196 pounds: If Cowboys can live with Marcus Peters' behavioral issues, they could land "the best pure cover corner in this draft"

Kevin Johnson, 6-0, 188 pounds: Doesn't have ideal measurables, but "he can play on the line or play off the line" and coud be a "good all-around player."

Byron Jones, 6-1, 199 pounds. "This guy has the tools to be great. His intangibles are outstanding. He was a senior captain, played some safety, played some corner, works hard, leads by example. His teammates call him Senator Jones. He’s just that kind of guy. He’s just all business. I think he’s going to wind up being a very good value pick in this draft. I think he probably slips into the late first round. I think I projected him to the Patriots, but I don’t think the Cowboys would be too early at that spot."

Inside The War Room: Cowboys Pre-Draft Meeting | Dallas Cowboys
The mothership offers a one minute, thirty second video that gives you an idea how draft prospects are discussed in the Cowboys war room.

How does the Equipment Staff prepare for Giants Offseason Program? - Giants.com
This is a short but interesting look at how NFL teams and their equipment managers prepare for a new season.

Jeff Bostic: 'I Never Had A Shotgun Snap -- Ever' - Redskins.com
Former Redskins center Jeff Bostic reflects on how the NFL has changed since his playing days (1980-1993).

"I never had a shotgun snap – ever," said former Redskins center Jeff Bostic on ESPN 980 recently. "Never…never. In 14 years, and my last year was 1993, I never snapped a shotgun snap – ever. The fact that [Joe] Theismann, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien never took a shotgun snap with the Redskins…I mean it’s crazy. And now you hardly see a quarterback go under center."