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All of the latest surrounding the Cowboys and their draft plans, rumors, and more.

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Source: Cowboys Eyeing Trade For WRs ‘Like’ Christian Kirk or Marquise Goodwin - Mike Fisher, Cowboys Maven

On Sunday, reports surfaced that the Cowboys may potentially have its eyes on adding a slot receiver to its offense through a trade. Former Texas A&M and current Cardinals wideout Christian Kirk and former Texas and current 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin are two names that have been mentioned as possibilities.

Kirk has his Texas ties, being an A&M product, and so does Marquise Goodwin, 29, who played at Rowlett High School and the University of Texas. He has been injured and unproductive in his last two seasons in San Francisco but in 2017 caught 56 passes for 962 yards and two TDs. The former Olympic track star has not been at all limited to being a “slot guy’’ despite his stature (5-9, 180) and has also done work as a return man.

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What would it cost to pry Kirk or Goodwin from their present homes? We’d suggest something in the range of a fifth-round pick - with the understanding that other teams may outbid Dallas ... all part of the Cowboys’ process of deciding just how much they need to spend on a player “like’’ Kirk or Goodwin.

Report: Cowboys showing interest in trading for a receiver “like” Marquise Goodwin - Kyle Posey, Niners Nation

From the 49ers point of view, receiving a fifth-round “would be a significant win” for San Francisco. Should Dallas give up a day three pick for the speedster?

What type of compensation is Dallas looking for? Fisher reports that the Cowboys are looking for “something in the range of a fifth-round pick - with the understanding that other teams may outbid Dallas. All part of the Cowboys’ process oof deciding just how much they need to spend on a player “like” Kirk or Goodwin.

Flipping Goodwin for a fifth-round pick would be a significant win for the 49ers, who can cut or trade Goodwin with a post-June 1 designation and save $4.2 million against the cap while only having $625,000 in dead money. Pre-June 1, the 49ers would save $3.6 million against the cap while having to pay $1.2 million in dead money. Arizona may not be willing to part Kirk, who they selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Not for a fifth-round pick two years later, anyway. That could pave the way for San Francisco to move Goodwin.

Source: Cowboys Exploring Free-Agent Signing of CB Dre Kirkpatrick - Mike Fisher, Cowboys Maven

Another report that Dallas is looking into the possibility of adding a veteran corner to its roster.

“We’ll certainly look to improve (at cornerback),’’ Dallas Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said the other day, and at the moment, it was assumed he meant “improve’’ via this week’s NFL Draft.

But an NFL source tells us that the Cowboys’ search for improvement also includes the examination of help from former Cincinnati Bengals standout Dre Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick, a first-round pick in the 2012 draft, spent eight years with the Bengals, the former Alabama product serving as a full-time starter for the entirely of his career. Kirkpatrick, 30, is 6-2 and 190 and has ballhawk skills.

Inside the issues an all-virtual NFL draft presents for the Cowboys and their preparation - David Moore, SportsDay

The virtual NFL Draft will be the first of its kind, so there will be some challenges for some teams.

How many megabits per second (Mbps) does head coach Mike McCarthy have on his internet plan at his apartment near The Star?

How many laptops and monitors does college scouting director Chris Hall need in his home?

Now that club officials have discussed how defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson and cornerback CJ Henderson fit the scheme, what provider does defensive coordinator Mike Nolan use at his home, and should he change?

The calculations that go into getting ready for this draft, which kicks off Thursday evening, are unlike any in league history. While part of the organization is talking about a prospect’s temperament, another part is building redundancies into the system to make sure the communication network is reliable if something goes wrong.

What the “Top 50 percent” rule says about the Cowboys roster and what it means for the draft - OCC, BTB

OCC wrote a very interesting piece on the “top 50 percent” rule and what it means regarding Dallas and the NFL Draft.

They say you can’t have All Pro’s at every position in the NFL. The data here suggests you’ll already have a hard time paying just 10 (potential) Pro Bowlers at market rates. Which 10 positions make up your Top 10 is debatable of course, but you’ll always have to make some kind of trade-off: You think the team needs a top TE? You probably can’t have that and two top WRs unless you make significant concessions somewhere else. Want a top safety? Get yourself some cheap linebackers, or forget about paying top rates at DT. Want two top cornerbacks? Better hope they can cover really, really well, because you may not have any money left to invest in pass rushers.

And if you don’t want to make any of those choices?

Draft well.

McGinn’s NFL Draft Series: Scouts on top defensive linemen - Bob McGinn, The Athletic

With the possibility that the Cowboys add to its defensive line through the draft, what are the scouts saying about the crop in this year’s class?

When seven of the 10 plays are passes in the National Football League, you don’t need those guys anymore,” one executive said in reference to run-stopping base defensive ends. “Everybody will give up size for quickness and rush. It’s happening in high school. If you can’t run, then your chances of playing are slim and none.”

That’s where Blacklock, Gallimore, Davidson and possibly Madubuike come in. All are somewhat undersized for regular turns at 1-technique. What they possess are speed and athletic ability.

Gallimore (4.82), Madubuike (4.85) and Blacklock (4.91) all can run, and Davidson, despite a 5.04 clocking, had more career sacks (17) than the others.

In the past five years, just nine defensive tackles with 3-technique characteristics and sub-4.9 speed were drafted in the first four rounds. You can define the hits and the misses.

NFL Mock Draft 2020: Patriots trade up, grab Tom Brady’s heir apparent in quarterback Jordan Love - Bryan DeArdo, CBS Sports

Could Dallas add Javon Kinlaw in round one alongside Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe on the defensive line?

Round 1 - Pick 17 The Cowboys wait another round to address their needs at cornerback while nabbing the second-best interior defensive line prospect in the draft. A consensus All-American last season, Kinlaw was also a special teams force, blocking three kicks for the Gamecocks.

McGinn’s NFL Draft Series: Scouts on top wide receivers and tight ends - Bob McGinnis, The Athletic

There is a lot of talent at wide receiver in this year’s draft. One receiver that has been mentioned as a possibility for the Cowboys is Florida wideout Van Jefferson.

11. VAN JEFFERSON, Florida (6-1 ½, 200, no 40, 2-3): His father, Shawn, has been an NFL wide receivers coach for most of the past 20 years after a 13-year career in which he caught 470 passes for 7,023 (14.9) and 29 TDs. “Arguably he’s the best route runner in the class, and he’s got great hands and he’s mature and his dad is one of the best wide receivers coaches in the league (now with the Jets) and was a good player in his own right,” said one scout. “You knew he’d have some of that stuff just being a coach’s kid. Van is not just some polished kid, an overachiever. He’s got serious juice. He’s got a lot more speed than I thought he had. He can break people off and get open.” Jefferson started 41 of 48 games, finishing with 175 catches for 2,159 (12.3) and 16 TDs. He was unable to work at the combine after doctors discovered a foot fracture that required surgery. “He had a really good game against LSU,” another scout said. “Just kind of thin. Not really a speed guy. He’ll be a good backup. Your worry about Van is this guy is maxed out.” Wonderlic of 12. From Brentwood, Tenn. “Interesting guy,” said a third scout. “Terrible quarterback, terrible offense, but did really well at the Senior Bowl. He’s got size, really good quickness and route savvy. He can separate. He’s going to be a really good pro. He doesn’t have that explosive speed so he’s going to slide. This guy really knows how to play.”

Three Teams Who Should Offer Their First-Round Pick For Jamal Adams - Kyle Crabbs, The Drsft Network

Who needs a pick in the middle of the first-round when you can exchange that for an All-Pro player? Crabbs mentions the Cowboys as a team that should offer their 17th overall pick for Jamal Adams, a DFW native.

NO. 17: DALLAS COWBOYS

The Cowboys were the team linked to Adams ahead of the deadline. Should it come down to the prospect of drafting the third or fourth cornerback off the board, the top safety off the board or securing Adams, Dallas would be right to pick Adams every single time.

Its safety room includes HaHa Clinton-Dix, Xavier Woods, Darian Thompson and Donovan Wilson. Adams immediately becomes the star of the group in a hypothetical trade and gives the Cowboys a lot of flexibility to tack Adams into their sub-package looks alongside some athletic second-level defenders.

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