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If draft was today, two QB picks I'd support with No. 4 selection - Bob Sturm, SportsDay
In his mailbag, Sturm endorses two players in the Cowboys' QB race.

There are 2 QBs to get fired up about this year. There are many other prospects that are attractive and could be something, but the tools possessed by both Jared Goff of California and Paxton Lynch of Memphis to me are the types that you dream about. So, you add that the Cowboys pick #4 in the draft and this might be the year for the Cowboys to secure their golden boy who might be good enough to ultimately be this team's QB through the year 2025 or more (if they do it right).

I hear way too many people claim that they would never take a QB that high. I think they would and I think they want to this year. I still need to do plenty of more work, but as I stand today, if either of those 2 is available at #4, I am in. Further, if I have to trade up to make sure I get the one I want, I would at least have to give it some serious thought.

I'm guessing Cowboys take QB with 1st-round pick - Tim Cowlishaw, SportsDay
In reponse to a question in a chat about what the Cowboys will end up doing with their 1st-round pick, Cowlishaw goes the QB route.

I suppose I will answer this question a dozen times in chats between now and the end of April. For now -- really before the process has even begun -- let's give them QB Jared Goff of Cal. No idea whether he or Paxton Lynch will be regarded as the top QB 3 months from now. One of them will be gone before the Cowboys pick. I'm guessing the other one is available and the Cowboys take him.

Who’s on the Dallas Cowboys’ draft radar? - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
Williams narrows down the Cowboys' targets to five players (for now):

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Jared Goff, QB, California
Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State


2016 NFL Draft: Is Carson Wentz The Top QB In The 2016 Draft Class? - Blogging The Boys
Carson Wentz may be the hottest draft commodity right now. Draft pundits like Mike Mayock, Matt Miller, Daniel Jeremiah, and Dane Brugler all believe Wentz could be right up there with Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch.

2016 NFL Draft: NDSU QB Carson Wentz more than passes eye test -
Leading North Dakota State to its fifth straight FCS National Championship, Wentz showed why he is one of the most promising quarterback prospects in the 2016 draft class and a projected first round pick.

The Dallas Cowboys' coaching staff will likely be coaching Wentz on the North squad during the week at the Senior Bowl, giving Jason Garrett and his staff an advantage.

Wentz is a first round prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft. How high will he be drafted in round one? That's not a question anyone can answer in January, but he passed a test on Saturday, leading the Bison to a victory in the FCS National Title Game. And with a strong performance in Mobile, Wentz will only help himself.

Potential Cowboys draft target Carson Wentz turns in MVP performance - Adam Grosbard, SportsDay
Wentz led NDSU to their fifth-straight national championship and was named the game's most outstanding player for a second consecutive year. Here's why everbody has the hots for Wentz.

Wentz is a potential-draft target for the Cowboys, who sent their scouting department to watch the quarterback on Saturday. He ran a pro-style offense and played mostly under-center while at NDSU. He possesses the size -- 6-foot-6, 235 pounds -- to make it in the NFL and the smarts -- he was named the NCAA Elite 89 award winner for the highest GPA at the national championship game for the third-straight year on Saturday -- to fit in well with a cerebral head coach like Jason Garrett.


Dallas Cowboys film room: Dak Prescott - Marcus Mosher, Cover32
Most of the headlines of the last few days were about what the Cowboys will do with their first overall pick. But they have picks in other rounds as well, and Mosher takes a look at a QB who could be available in later rounds.

Prescott’s best fit will likely be in a vertical passing offense that allows him to use his arm talent to make difficult throws down the sideline as well as using his body and mobility to stand in the pocket to let his receivers get into their routes. Think of a Bruce Arians’ style of offense when thinking of the best fit for Prescott. I have my doubts as to whether or not Dallas will think he fits, because his anticipation and accuracy aren’t precise enough (and to be frank, very few quarterbacks in the world can thrive in this system).

Dallas Cowboys 2016 NFL Draft: Derrick Henry Film Review - Ryan Ratty, Inside The Star
And how about a running back with a second-round pick? Ratty with the lowdown on RB Derrick Henry.

Drafting Henry would mean that the Cowboys would be using their second-round pick on the guy. And while that may be a bit high for a back coming into the league with a ton of wear-and-tear, the Cowboys’ offense is designed for a running back to carry the weight of the offense and relieve Tony Romo of some pressure. Henry has the ability to do that if he can handle the workload.


Cowboys should pass on Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III - Todd Archer, ESPN
In his Twitter mailbag, Archer shuts down the notion that RGIII or the blond-wigged Vegas visitor have any chance of playing for the Cowboys.

I’ve made my stance on Johnny Manziel known. This would be the absolute worst place for him to be because of the nightlife and the legendary status he has in this state. As for Robert Griffin III, he is a little more intriguing to me, if not the team, but I’d pass there, too. For either quarterback, the Cowboys would have to change their offensive scheme to succeed. That’s not going to happen. These guys have to make plays outside the pocket. I don’t know if Manziel can do that. I don’t know if Griffin’s body will allow him to do that anymore.

Jerry Jones believes Manziel’s skill set closely matches Tony Romo’s, but Romo’s best plays are from in the pocket. Manziel’s best plays are when things break down. You can’t win enough playing that game. There will be other options with more experience out there to take. To me, the focus should be on drafting a quarterback early.

Don't think RG III or Manziel wind up in Dallas, but here's why latter is more likely candidate - Tim Cowlishaw, SportsDay
Cowlishaw answered questions in a live chat Thursday, this one about who is more likely to end up in Dallas, RG3 or Johnny Rehab.

Probably neither but I would lean towards Manziel based on the Cowboys' history. Manziel today is more proven as an NFL QB than Griffin. Don't tell me what RG III did four years ago, tell me what he has done the last two. Is there any sign he can take hits and stay healthy? Manziel progressed on the field this year for sure. However, he remains a bit of a wreck off of it. Would coming home help him in that regard or only elevate his demons to new heights? Cowboys have to figure that out.


Cowboys are Twitter's team - Will Brinson,
The Cowboys were the NFL's most popular team on Twitter


Cowboys DBs coach Jerome Henderson to join Dolphins coaching staff - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Henderson's contract was up in Dallas, and reports are that he signed in Miami. Which allows us to speculate about a potential successor in Dallas ...

Report: Cowboys propose measure to put Rams, Chargers together - Vincent Frank, FOX Sports
Just a few days before the league-wide vote on relocation to Los Angeles is set to take place, Jerry Jones throws a curveball into the entire drama by submitting a plan that would have the Rams and Chargers to Los Angeles, while the Raiders stay stuck in Oakland. This could get interesting ...

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