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Byron Jones: Moving Back to Corner? 'I Like That Idea!' (VIDEO) - Staff, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys veteran defensive back got a chance to comment on recent rumors that have him going back to the cornerback position.

"I like that idea," he said to NFL Network, via the team's official website. "Well, I'm versatile. I came into the league with the idea that coaches and GM's understood I was versatile, so wherever they need to plug me in -- I'm going to go play. And that's just the way it is. If they need me at receiver, quarterback -- I'm ready, wherever.

"I'm ready."

Scandrick's time running out with Cowboys - Staff, The Sports Xchange
While one Cowboys corner could be on the move, another could be on the way out. Executive Vice President Stephen Jones was asked about the possibility of dealing away Scandrick.

"Those are all things we take a look at," Jones said. "We haven't made that decision. We haven't made any decision final at this point. Those are all things that go into the mix.

"You'd always like to trade anybody before you cut them. I'd rather get something than nothing, every time. We could handle the accelerations or anything that comes into play there. We're not limited to trading anybody because of cap space."

The Cowboys would save Scandrick's $3 million base salary next season. He would cost $3.9 million against the cap if he was traded. That number would be split over the next two years if he was released and designated a post-June 1 cut.

Jaylon Smith expected to move to strongside linebacker – Charean Williams, ProFootballTalk
Byron Jones isn't the only premium draft-pick investment that could see a new position next season. The team appears to be switching gears on where they would like Jaylon Smith to play. The Cowboys head coach had this to say about Smith:

“We’re really excited about him as a player,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “Again, his development has been significant. I think physically he will get better and better as we go. And certainly, he will learn from his experiences. He does have versatility. He can play any of the spots. You want to make sure you give him a chance to succeed.”

What will the Cowboys do at linebacker if they can't re-sign free agent Anthony Hitchens? - Kate Hairopoulos, SportsDay
The Cowboys could have all kinds of questions at the linebacker position, especially if they aren't able to bring back Anthony Hitchens.

While Dallas will do what it can in negotiating with Hitchens' agent Jack Bechta, it also has to prepare for the possibility it can't bring back the player the team drafted out of Iowa in 2014.

"If somebody overpays what we think Hitch is worth, then it's great for Anthony," executive vice president Stephen Jones said from the NFL scouting combine. "There's no one I want to have more money than Anthony. He's as good as they get. But at some point, it's too much for us. And so if it's not him, then it's somebody. It's either a draft pick, albeit a higher draft pick, or we're getting another player."


Former UTEP OL Will Hernandez shines on bench press at NFL Combine - Staff, KVIA
One possible draft target for the Cowboys got off to a good start at the combine on Thursday.

Everyone knew Will Hernandez was a strong offensive lineman, but he proved Thursday at the NFL Combine that he might just be the strongest in this year's class.

Hernandez completed 37 reps of 225 pounds - the most of any offensive lineman at this year's NFL Combine.

That total is also tied for the most since Russell Bodine put up 42 reps in 2014.

The Cowboys are among the teams reported to be interested in Hernandez. Two of their star offensive linemen - Zack Martin and Tyron Smith - both repped 225 pounds 29 times when they participated in the NFL Combine.

Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey tries to emulate everything about Zack Martin: He's just a 'total football dude' - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Draft prospect Mike McGlinchey reflects on the influence that Zack Martin had on him.

"Whether he knew it or not, he was helping me from the moment I stepped on campus until I was a fifth year senior," McGlinchey said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. "Any time I needed to look at things, techniquewise, schemewise of how to do something, I turned back on the 2013 film when No. 70 was our left tackle.

"He did everything the right way, acted the right way, led the right way. Just a total football dude. Everything about him is what I tried to emulate. He set the example and standard at Notre Dame for what it meant to be an offensive lineman and I just tried to uphold that for the rest of my career."

Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn shares what it would be like to join Cowboys' 'nasty' offensive line - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Many offensive linemen in this draft love the idea of joining one of the league's best units. Another first-round prospect chimed in on what it would be like to join the Cowboys.

Wynn has also already had a formal visit with the Cowboys at this week's combine.

"I think it would be good," Wynn said of playing alongside Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Martin and Collins. "It's always good to play with those types of guys who have that type of experience under their belt and are doing well for where they are at.

"They're just nasty. They all work together as one unit. They all get the job done."

4 Cowboys Prospects Who Need To Ace Their Combine Interviews - Brian Martin
Would the Cowboys roll the dice on another high-risk player? That's a question a lot of teams will ask themselves when it comes to certain players in this year's draft. The interview process will go a long way in determining how they feel about these prospects.

DE Arden Key, LSU

Arden Key was regarded as arguably the best pass rusher in collegiate football heading into the 2017 season, but injuries and off-field concerns have kept him from living up to his immense talent. He has the potential to become the best pass rusher in the 2018 draft class, but he's going to have to convince NFL teams he has his head on straight and any past issues are behind him.

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