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Cowboys news: Asst. coaches search continues, mock draft candidates emerge

The Cowboys have some potential names surfacing for their coaching vacancies and their first-round prospects.

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Dallas Cowboys coaching staff has holes to fill-Todd Archer-ESPN
Since the season has ended, the Cowboys have lost six assistants and they still have lots of work to do. Who are some candidates?

Ray Horton -- He won a Super Bowl ring with the Cowboys in 1992 as a defensive back and was considered for Garrett’s staff back in 2011. He was out of football last season after serving as Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator in 2016. While the Cowboys would like Greg Jackson to return to help the secondary, Horton has a lot of experience.

Cowboys coaching staff update: The latest comings, goings and potential candidates - Dave Halprin-Blogging The Boys
As the Cowboys look to fill a lot of openings on their coaching staff, here are a few more rumors to add to the mill.

One is John Pagano. He was the Oakland Raiders coordinator at the end of the year, he had taken over when Ken Norton, Jr. was fired. Pagano has a long history as a defensive coach in this league, including time as a defensive coordinator and coaching linebackers. If Matt Eberflus is indeed leaving, and every indication is that he is leaving, then Pagano would make sense to slide into his spot under Rod Marinelli.

Coaching Tracker: Latest Status Updates For Cowboys Offseason Coaching Moves | Dallas Cowboys
Just a one-stop spot to see all that has been official on the Cowboys coaching search carousel.

Sanjay Lal (Wide Receivers Coach)– Replacing the departed Derek Dooley, Lal is expected to be named the new wide receiver coach, although the Cowboys have yet to make a formal announcement. Lal has 11 years of NFL coaching experience with four teams, most recently with the Colts this past season.

Dallas Cowboys will pick Christian Kirk according to Matt Miller-Sam Quinn-247Sports
Would Cowboys be looking toward their own state for help at wide receiver? One draftnik thinks so and has Christian Kirk as the pick at 19.

It’s just a matter of who that player is. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has one suggestion, and it’s one that fans in Dallas know quite well: speedster Christian Kirk of Texas A&M.

”Christian Kirk isn’t the tallest (5’11”, 200 lbs) but he’s a compact, exciting, fast receiver who can play in the slot or split out wide. He would give the Cowboys offense an immediate jolt of speed and playmaking ability if he can adapt to the Dallas scheme coming out of Texas A&M.”

Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft 1.0 has the Cowboys beefing up their defense with Vita Vea -Dave Halprin- Blogging The Boys
A big man for the middle of the Cowboys' defensive line is the early favorite at 19th overall?

Vita Vea, DT, Washington

If you looked at the Cowboys roster, this pick makes a ton of sense. Defensive tackle, particularly the 1-tech, is an area of concern. Maliek Collins looks okay as the 3-tech, although his 2017 fell short of expectations. At the 1-tech, after Stephen Paea retired injured, the Cowboys went through a rotation of guys, each with deficiencies. Guys like David Irving and Datone Jones were playing out of their natural positions, and the depth was questionable. Drafting Vea and plopping him down as your 1-tech makes a lot of sense.

Is a nose tackle worth a first-round pick?-Drew Davison- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Cowboys need some beef to their run defense but would they really spend their first-round pick on a defensive tackle?

The Cowboys liked the idea of having an athletic nose tackle when they moved Maliek Collins there during the season when David Irving was available and healthy to play the under tackle.

Maybe Vita Vea is enough of a rare talent that Marinelli and the Cowboys would go against their usual policy and draft a nose tackle in the first round.

For Vita Vea to make sense, Cowboys may have to convince Rod Marinelli-Todd Archer-ESPN
In order for a one-tech to get drafted in Dallas, it's going to take a lot of convincing Rod Marinelli he's your man.

From skill and need standpoints, the selection of Vea makes sense. For it to happen, however, the Cowboys have to break from one of defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s long-held truths: Don’t draft run-stopping defensive tackles in the first round.

Marinelli has gotten by and succeeded with players such as Nick Hayden and Stephen Paea at nose tackle. Hayden was underrated in his time with the Cowboys, but he was not a dynamic interior player. Paea’s first season with the Cowboys was cut short by a knee injury.

Roger Staubach says the Dallas Cowboys will win the Super Bowl next year -Kate Hairopoulos- SportsDay
The Hall-of-Fame Cowboys quarterback made some bold claims at a symposium of local business leaders on Thursday.

“I want to make a statement right now,” the Cowboys legend offered, unsolicited, “the Dallas Cowboys are going to win the Super Bowl next year.”

Back To The Future: Cowboys Showed Their Potential In Back-To-Back Wins -Rob Phillips- Dallas Cowboys
The Mothership's staff looks back at the two big wins the Cowboys got in the middle of the season before the wheels came off.

Encouraging: The Chiefs entered AT&T Stadium as arguably the NFL’s most dynamic offense. Alex Smith was playing at an MVP level flanked by elite skill players Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. The Cowboys’ defense met the challenge. Kansas City’s 17 points turned out be its third-lowest total of the season. Its offense converted only 4 of 11 on third down. And, remove one big play (see below), its total yardage for the game would have been well below 300.

You might be surprised to learn new Cowboys O-line coach Paul Alexander's hobby-Kristi Scales- SportsDay
Paul Alexander's accomplishments extend past teaching offensive lineman how to play football.

“Veteran NFL Coach Paul Alexander trains with Concert Pianist Albert Mühlböck. Alexander experiences the unique role of being both the coach and the student of world-class performers. PERFORM is a journey to the competitive stage. PERFORM offers insight into effective methods for learning, teaching and developing the essence for elite performance. PERFORM is dedicated to aspiring athletes, musicians, speakers, coaches, teachers, parents and their admirers.”

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