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Cowboys Draft Rumors: Takkarist McKinley Sliding, Gareon Conley Still In Play?

Here’s the latest rumors that could affect the Cowboys heading into the 2017 draft.

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The latest rumors from the 2017 NFL draft that could affect the Dalals Cowboys plans.

  • Takkarist McKinely has been a name associated with the Cowboys 28th pick for a while now. One issue was that he might not be available when the Cowboys are on the clock. However, a recent report from Ian Rapoport says that McKinley’s stock may be dropping. After the combine he had shoulder surgery and is expected to be out 4-6 months. There is a lot of debate about how early he can play in the 2017 season.

While teams have their concerns, a source close to McKinley said full recovery from shoulder surgery is 4-6 months. His surgery was on March 5, so he could return at any point from July 5 to Sept. 5.

Dr. Peter Millett, one of the country's shoulder specialists, at Steadman Hawkins in Vail, Colorado, performed the surgery. Scans from the combine recheck in Indianapolis show the recovery is on course. McKinley's goal is to be ready for the season.

But more than a handful of teams have drawn their own conclusions, and McKinley could slide into Day 2 of the draft.

We might see if Dallas is one of those handful of teams who have decided one way or the other.

And apparently the Cowboys aren’t the only ones, multiple reports have many teams calling Conley to hear what he has to say about the issue. This from CSN Philadelphia:

The Sporting News says:

From asking around the last 48 hours, I’d be very surprised if any team spent a first-rounder on Gareon Conley, but almost everyone I spoke with believes he’ll be picked on Friday. The Cowboys, Eagles, and Packers are his most likely destinations.

Keep this in mind as the draft progresses.

Several mock drafts posted over the past day have the Falcons trading up with the Seahawks.

The Redskins will take Charles Harris is he’s available at No. 17 ... if they stick to their draft board. If he’s gone (as they expect), Jabrill Peppers and Dalvin Cook are both highly ranked and could be the options.

Michigan’s Taco Charlton likely will be a top-25 pick. The Lions and Dolphins are his most likely destinations. The Lions are where I slotted him in my final mock draft. (UPDATE: Multiple sources expect Charlton to be the Lions' pick if he's available.)