2011 NFL Draft: Cowboys Work On OL In Draft

The Cowboys pick at No. 9 and No. 40 after their worst finish since 2004. They could look to supplement both lines and still have issues in their secondary.

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Undrafted Free Agents Cannot Sign With NFL Teams

The NFL Draft is an exciting time in the NFL offseason, but one of the more unheralded aspects of the offseason is undrafted free agency. Undrafted talent was littered in the Pro Bowl this past year, showcasing the importance of scouting during this phase of the offseason. Wes Welker, Miles Austin, Antonio Gates, David Akers and Joshua Cribbs were among recent Pro Bowl selections - and all of them were undrafted.

Unfortunately, thanks to the lockout, undrafted free agents are not allowed to sign with teams until the lockout is resolved. This puts the undrafted players at a disadvantage, as they won't be able to go through a proper minicamp and training with their potential team until later in the offseason. 

Still, the undrafted free agents will get plenty of looks throughout training camp - whenever that actually takes place. The talent produced out of recent undrafted pools is simply too good to ignore.

With that said, here's a list of the current undrafted free agents from the 2011 NFL Draft, thanks to SB Nation and NFL.com. Click the header to sort by that column.

 

PlayerPositionHeightWeightSchool
Adam Grant OL 6'6" 325 Arizona
Adrian Moten LB 6'2" 228 Maryland
Adrian Taylor DL 6'3" 311 Oklahoma
Alexander Linnenkohl C 6'2" 304 Oregon St.
Allen Reisner TE 6'2" 248 Iowa
Andre Holmes WR 6'4" 210 Hillsdale
Andrew McGee DB 5'11" 195 Oklahoma St.
Armando Allen RB 5'8" 199 Notre Dame
Armon Binns WR 6'3" 209 Cincinnati
Brandon Bair DL 6'6" 276 Oregon
Brandon Saine RB 5'11" 220 Ohio St.
Cameron Graham TE 6'3" 244 Louisville
Carl Johnson OL 6'5" 361 Florida
Cedric Thornton DL 6'3" 309 Southern Arkansas
Charlie Gantt TE 6'4" 252 Michigan St.
Chas Henry P 6'3" 215 Florida
Colby Whitlock DL 6'2" 302 Texas Tech
Damien Berry RB 5'10" 211 Miami
Dan Bailey K 6'0" 193 Oklahoma St.
Dane Sanzenbacher WR 5'11" 182 Ohio St.
Daniel Aiken OL 6'4" 244 Virginia
Darren Evans RB 6'0" 227 Virginia Tech
Darvin Adams WR 6'2" 190 Auburn
David Sims DB 5'9" 200 Iowa St.
DeAndre Brown WR 6'6" 233 Southern Miss
Deandre McDaniel SS 6'0" 217 Clemson
Demarcus Dobbs DL 6'2" 281 Georgia
Derrell Smith LB 6'0" 243 Syracuse
Derrick Locke RB 5'8" 188 Kentucky
Deunta Williams CB 6'2" 205 North Carolina
Devon Torrence DB 6'0" 199 Ohio St.
Elijah Joseph LB 6'1" 243 Temple
Garrett Chisolm OL 6'5" 312 South Carolina
Graig Cooper RB 5'10" 205 Miami
Henry Hynoski FB 6'0" 257 Pittsburgh
Ian Williams DL 6'1" 319 Notre Dame
Isaiah Thompson OL 6'3" 300 Houston
Jacob Rogers K 6'2" 213 Cincinnati
Jamar Newsome WR 6'1" 200 Central Florida
Jamel Hamler WR 6'1" 193 Fresno St.
Jarriel King OL 6'5" 317 South Carolina
Jeff Van Camp QB 6'5" 218 Florida Atlantic
Jeffrey Maehl WR 6'1" 190 Oregon
Jeremiha Hunter LB 6'1" 239 Iowa
Jeron Johnson SS 5'10" 212 Boise St.
Jerrard Tarrant FS 6'0" 204 Georgia Tech
Jerrod Johnson QB 6'5" 251 Texas A&M
Jimmy Young WR 6'0" 204 TCU
Jock Sanders WR 5'6" 181 West Virginia
Joe Lefeged DB 6'0" 210 Rutgers
Joe Morgan WR 6'1" 189 Walsh
John Clay RB 6'1" 230 Wisconsin
John Graves DT 6'3" 286 Virginia Tech
Joshua Davis OL 6'7" 313 Georgia
Joshua Jasper K 5'10" 174 LSU
Joshua Nesbitt QB 6'1" 217 Georgia Tech
Joshua Portis QB 6'3" 211 California (PA)
Justin Boren G 6'3" 309 Ohio St.
Kai Forbath K 5'11" 197 UCLA
Keith Smith WR 6'2" 214 Purdue
Kendric Burney DB 5'9" 186 North Carolina
Kentrell Lockett DL 6'5" 241 Mississippi
Kevin Hughes OL 6'4" 302 Southeast Louisiana
Kevin Rutland DB 6'0" 190 Missouri
Kristofer O'Dowd OL 6'4" 304 USC
Kyle Hix OL 6'7" 318 Texas
Ladi Ajiboye DL 6'1" 297 South Carolina
Lestar Jean WR 6'3" 215 Florida Atlantic
Mario Butler DB 6'0" 182 Georgia Tech
Mario Fannin RB 5'10" 231 Auburn
Mark Dell WR 6'0" 193 Michigan St.
Mark Herzlich LB 6'4" 244 Boston College
Marshall Williams WR 6'1" 188 Wake Forest
Martin Parker DL 6'2" 303 Richmond
Matt Asiata RB 5'11" 229 Utah
Nate Williams SS 6'0" 211 Washington
Nick Bellore LB 6'1" 245 Central Michigan
Niles Brinkley DB 5'10" 193 Wisconsin
Noel Devine RB 5'8" 179 West Virginia
O.J. Murdock WR 5'11" 197 Fort Hays St.
Orie Lemon LB 6'1" 242 Oklahoma St.
Owen Spencer WR 6'2" 195 N.C. State
Patrick Devlin QB 6'3" 225 Delaware
Pierre Allen DL 6'4" 273 Nebraska
Preston Dial TE 6'3" 237 Alabama
Ray Dominguez OL 6'4" 334 Arkansas
Reid Forrest K 6'0" 189 Washington St.
Ricardo Lockette WR 6'2" 211 Fort Valley St.
Richard Henry OL 6'3" 308 Nebraska
Richard Lapham OL 6'8" 315 Boston College
Ryan Bartholomew C 6'1" 302 Syracuse
Ryan Colburn QB 6'3" 223 Fresno St.
Ryan Donahue K 6'2" 193 Iowa
Ryan Winterswyk DL 6'4" 268 Boise St.
Schuylar Oordt TE 6'6" 261 Northern Iowa
Scott Lutrus LB 6'2" 241 Connecticut
Scott Tolzien QB 6'2" 212 Wisconsin
Sealver Siliga DT 6'2" 305 Utah
Shaun Draughn RB 5'11" 213 North Carolina
Stephen Schilling OL -- -- Michigan
Terrance Turner WR 6'2" 220 Indiana
Terrence Toliver WR 6'4" 212 LSU
Tori Gurley WR 6'4" 216 South Carolina
Ugo Chinasa DL 6'5" 264 Oklahoma St.
Vai Taua RB 5'10" 213 Nevada
Vance Cuff DB 5'10" 178 Georgia
Wayne Daniels DE 6'0" 260 TCU
Weslye Saunders TE 6'5" 270 South Carolina
Will Hill FS 6'1" 202 Florida
Willie Smith OL 6'5" 310 East Carolina
Zachary Hurd OL 6'7" 316 Connecticut
Zack Pianalto TE 6'3" 256 North Carolina
Zane Taylor OL 6'3" 309 Utah

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DeMarco Murray: Steven Jackson Would Still Like To Play For Cowboys

During his introductory press conference with the Dallas media, Cowboys running back and third-round pick DeMarco Murray was asked if he keeps in contact with St. Louis Rams star Steven Jackson. Murray and Jackson are both from Las Vegas, though they attended difference high schools and Jackson is four-and-a-half years older than Murray. Murray said that he does keep in contact with Jackson since he played with Murray’s big brothers.

“I knew him growing up. He was good friends with my brothers. They played together, so I’ve definitely talked to him plenty of times. He just let me know to take full advantage of my opportunities because there aren’t very many. And never take anything for granted.”

Todd Archer noted for Murray that Jackson once wanted to play for the Cowboys. Murray smiled and responded, “I think he still does.”

Murray said that although he would not be able to work with the Cowboys during the lockout, he will be in Dallas within two weeks to work out with current Cowboys and former Sooners teammates Manuel Johnson and Mike Balogun.

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2011 NFL Draft: Available Undrafted Free Agents

Thanks to SB Nation Atlanta, we have a pretty comprehensive list of NFL prospects who went undrafted in this weekend's NFL draft. This phase of the draft process has been crucial to the Cowboys this decade. Tony Romo and Miles Austin headline their list of key players who went undrafted in the NFL's truncated format, but there have been several more. As Adam Schefter notes, there were 23 undrafted players at the last Pro Bowl. That's something like three per draft year, pretty remarkable really. 

Undrafted players are another group harmed by the NFL lockout. We don't know how teams will approach undrafted free agent signing once they are allowed to sign them, but with offseason workouts already cancelled and training camp very possibly shortened, these players undoubtedly will see their opportunity to make an impression lessened. 

A number of local players are available, including Kyle Hix of Texas, Jerrod Johnson of Texas A&M, Jimmy Young and Wayne Daniels of TCU, and Colby Whitlock of Texas Tech.

 

The list of 2011 undrafted free agents, according to NFL.com. Click the header of a column to sort it:

 

Player Position Height WeightSchool
Ryan Bartholomew C 6'1" 302 Syracuse
Alexander Linnenkohl C 6'2" 304 Oregon St.
Deunta Williams CB 6'2" 205 North Carolina
Niles Brinkley DB 5'10" 193 Wisconsin
Kendric Burney DB 5'9" 186 North Carolina
Mario Butler DB 6'0" 182 Georgia Tech
Vance Cuff DB 5'10" 178 Georgia
Joe Lefeged DB 6'0" 210 Rutgers
Andrew McGee DB 5'11" 195 Oklahoma St.
Kevin Rutland DB 6'0" 190 Missouri
David Sims DB 5'9" 200 Iowa St.
Devon Torrence DB 6'0" 199 Ohio St.
Wayne Daniels DE 6'0" 260 TCU
Ladi Ajiboye DL 6'1" 297 South Carolina
Pierre Allen DL 6'4" 273 Nebraska
Brandon Bair DL 6'6" 276 Oregon
Ugo Chinasa DL 6'5" 264 Oklahoma St.
Demarcus Dobbs DL 6'2" 281 Georgia
Kentrell Lockett DL 6'5" 241 Mississippi
Martin Parker DL 6'2" 303 Richmond
Adrian Taylor DL 6'3" 311 Oklahoma
Cedric Thornton DL 6'3" 309 Southern Arkansas
Colby Whitlock DL 6'2" 302 Texas Tech
Ian Williams DL 6'1" 319 Notre Dame
Ryan Winterswyk DL 6'4" 268 Boise St.
John Graves DT 6'3" 286 Virginia Tech
Sealver Siliga DT 6'2" 305 Utah
Henry Hynoski FB 6'0" 257 Pittsburgh
Will Hill FS 6'1" 202 Florida
Jerrard Tarrant FS 6'0" 204 Georgia Tech
Justin Boren G 6'3" 309 Ohio St.
Dan Bailey K 6'0" 193 Oklahoma St.
Ryan Donahue K 6'2" 193 Iowa
Kai Forbath K 5'11" 197 UCLA
Reid Forrest K 6'0" 189 Washington St.
Joshua Jasper K 5'10" 174 LSU
Jacob Rogers K 6'2" 213 Cincinnati
Nick Bellore LB 6'1" 245 Central Michigan
Mark Herzlich LB 6'4" 244 Boston College
Jeremiha Hunter LB 6'1" 239 Iowa
Elijah Joseph LB 6'1" 243 Temple
Orie Lemon LB 6'1" 242 Oklahoma St.
Scott Lutrus LB 6'2" 241 Connecticut
Adrian Moten LB 6'2" 228 Maryland
Derrell Smith LB 6'0" 243 Syracuse
Daniel Aiken OL 6'4" 244 Virginia
Garrett Chisolm OL 6'5" 312 South Carolina
Joshua Davis OL 6'7" 313 Georgia
Ray Dominguez OL 6'4" 334 Arkansas
Adam Grant OL 6'6" 325 Arizona
Richard Henry OL 6'3" 308 Nebraska
Kyle Hix OL 6'7" 318 Texas
Kevin Hughes OL 6'4" 302 Southeast Louisiana
Zachary Hurd OL 6'7" 316 Connecticut
Carl Johnson OL 6'5" 361 Florida
Jarriel King OL 6'5" 317 South Carolina
Richard Lapham OL 6'8" 315 Boston College
Kristofer O'Dowd OL 6'4" 304 USC
Stephen Schilling OL -- -- Michigan
Willie Smith OL 6'5" 310 East Carolina
Zane Taylor OL 6'3" 309 Utah
Isaiah Thompson OL 6'3" 300 Houston
Chas Henry P 6'3" 215 Florida
Ryan Colburn QB 6'3" 223 Fresno St.
Patrick Devlin QB 6'3" 225 Delaware
Jerrod Johnson QB 6'5" 251 Texas A&M
Joshua Nesbitt QB 6'1" 217 Georgia Tech
Joshua Portis QB 6'3" 211 California (PA)
Scott Tolzien QB 6'2" 212 Wisconsin
Jeff Van Camp QB 6'5" 218 Florida Atlantic
Armando Allen RB 5'8" 199 Notre Dame
Matt Asiata RB 5'11" 229 Utah
Damien Berry RB 5'10" 211 Miami
John Clay RB 6'1" 230 Wisconsin
Graig Cooper RB 5'10" 205 Miami
Noel Devine RB 5'8" 179 West Virginia
Shaun Draughn RB 5'11" 213 North Carolina
Darren Evans RB 6'0" 227 Virginia Tech
Mario Fannin RB 5'10" 231 Auburn
Derrick Locke RB 5'8" 188 Kentucky
Brandon Saine RB 5'11" 220 Ohio St.
Vai Taua RB 5'10" 213 Nevada
Jeron Johnson SS 5'10" 212 Boise St.
Deandre McDaniel SS 6'0" 217 Clemson
Nate Williams SS 6'0" 211 Washington
Preston Dial TE 6'3" 237 Alabama
Charlie Gantt TE 6'4" 252 Michigan St.
Cameron Graham TE 6'3" 244 Louisville
Schuylar Oordt TE 6'6" 261 Northern Iowa
Zack Pianalto TE 6'3" 256 North Carolina
Allen Reisner TE 6'2" 248 Iowa
Weslye Saunders TE 6'5" 270 South Carolina
Darvin Adams WR 6'2" 190 Auburn
Armon Binns WR 6'3" 209 Cincinnati
DeAndre Brown WR 6'6" 233 Southern Miss
Mark Dell WR 6'0" 193 Michigan St.
Tori Gurley WR 6'4" 216 South Carolina
Jamel Hamler WR 6'1" 193 Fresno St.
Andre Holmes WR 6'4" 210 Hillsdale
Lestar Jean WR 6'3" 215 Florida Atlantic
Ricardo Lockette WR 6'2" 211 Fort Valley St.
Jeffrey Maehl WR 6'1" 190 Oregon
Joe Morgan WR 6'1" 189 Walsh
O.J. Murdock WR 5'11" 197 Fort Hays St.
Jamar Newsome WR 6'1" 200 Central Florida
Jock Sanders WR 5'6" 181 West Virginia
Dane Sanzenbacher WR 5'11" 182 Ohio St.
Keith Smith WR 6'2" 214 Purdue
Owen Spencer WR 6'2" 195 N.C. State
Terrence Toliver WR 6'4" 212 LSU
Terrance Turner WR 6'2" 220 Indiana
Marshall Williams WR 6'1" 188 Wake Forest
Jimmy Young WR 6'0" 204 TCU
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NFL Draft 2011 News: Cowboys Discuss Their Draft

The Cowboys held their post draft press conference Saturday and discussed how they felt things went in Jason Garrett’s first draft, what they see in their new players, and how they expect to fill out their roster in free agency. Jerry Jones was his usual positive self and spent a lot of his time touting Garrett’s performance in the draft room. He also said that he expects to see the NFL lockout ended and football played this season but that the NFL has to fix its problems.

Garrett said that he felt like the Cowboys had managed to improve the talent on their offensive line. He said that both Tyron Smith and fourth rounder David Arkin fit what the club looks for physically and in being ‘the right kind of guy’ – a theme from Garrett over the weekend. 

Stephen Jones said that the Cowboys do intend to be active in pursuing defensive players in free agency and that they may add something on the offensive side of the ball as well, but he cautioned that they had to know what the system would be before they could fine tune their plans. If the players win in court, the league is likely to spend 2011 under a similar system as 2010, where players are not unrestricted free agents until after their sixth year of service. If a new agreement is made in time for the season, players will likely once again be free agents after four years.

Watch the Cowboys discuss their draft:

Final Draft Press Conference
Day 2 Press Conference
Day 1 Press Conference

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Cowboys Draft Pick Bruce Carter Loves His McDonalds

Bruce Carter is quite the physical specimen, with 4.4 speed, a vertical leap over 40 inches, and a 440 lb. bench press on a chiseled linebacker frame, but he didn’t achieve that by eating a high quality diet. You may remember this story from last summer, when Carter led ESPN.com’s “freaks” list.

“How strict are you about diet?” I asked.

“Well, not very. I eat a lot of McDonald’s and fast foods, but I do work out real hard.”

“Like how much McDonald’s?”

“Almost every day. I usually get three double cheeseburgers, medium fries, large tea and a six-piece McNuggets. I don’t think eating healthy as far as eating salads and that stuff really works for me.”

Carter said during his introduction at Valley Ranch that he has an extremely high metabolism that allows him to eat virtually whatever he wants. It’s probably not a concern now, but as most of us know, metabolisms often change with age – even in your 20’s.

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2011 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Pick Shaun Chapas

With the 17th pick in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Shaun Chapas, running back, from the University of Georgia. 

Chapas, listed at 6'2", 247 lbs, has poor speed as he ran a 4.91 40 yard dash at the combine. Chapas' role will likely be as a blocking back, as the Cowboys further try to protect quarterback Tony Romo in this draft. 

NFL.com offers this analysis of Chapas:

Chapas is a gritty football player with a throwback mentality, but he does not have the bulk or athleticism to be a lead blocker in the NFL. Although he flashes the ability to make difficult catches, he is a very raw receiver and will not be able to assume an H-back role at the next level. However, he has a relentless motor and good pop at the point of attack. He also can be effective in short yardage situations on his terrific effort alone. Chapas will likely be a day 3 pick, as he has a great attitude and is a coach's dream.

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2011 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Select Dwayne Harris

With the 11th pick in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft (No. 176 overall), the Dallas Cowboys selected wide receiver Dwayne Harris from East Carolina University. 

Harris, listed at 5'10", 203 lbs, doesn't have the best speed in the draft - as he ran a 4.55 40 yard dash at the combine - but he does project well as a slot receiver in the NFL. 

NFL.com offers this overview on Harris:

Harris has enough ability and a polished skill set needed to succeed as a slot receiver in the NFL who can also contribute as a returner. Hard-working player who was productive in college. He can beat man coverage underneath and find openings in zones but doesn't possess the pure explosion to beat tight coverage. Not a threat to beat you deep but can create some big plays evading the first defender. His willingness to go over the middle and his effort while run blocking demonstrate his great toughness. Harris should come off the board in the middle rounds of April's draft.

It appears that Harris will at the very least be able to spell Dez Bryant on return duties.

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2011 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Select Josh Thomas

With the 12th pick in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected defensive back Josh Thomas from the University of Buffalo.

The Cowboys had been rumored to select Prince Amukamara in the first round of the draft, but Dallas opted instead to rebuild the offensive line with the selection of Tyron Smith. Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett waited until the fifth round to use a draft pick on a cornerback - and they selected a quality cover corner in the form of Josh Thomas.

NFL.com offered this analysis of the Josh Thomas selection:

The Cowboys wait until the later rounds to address their secondary concerns but pick up a quality cover corner in Thomas. He has good instincts and awareness but lacks elite speed. While he might not factor into the starting lineup early in his career, he could be a quality addition to their sub-packages.

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2011 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Select David Arkin

The Dallas Cowboys selected Missouri State offensive guard David Arkin with the 13th pick in the fourth round (No. 110 overall), giving them their second offensive lineman drafted this year.

It’s clear that Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones want to improve their offensive line play and do a better job of protecting Tony Romo. Arkin is listed at 6’5", 302 lbs and was named first-team All MWVC each of the past two seasons.

Dallas still has four picks remaining today, with one in the fifth and sixth round each before two in the seventh round.

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NFL Draft 2011 News: Dallas Cowboys Set To Make Five Day Three Picks

The Dallas Cowboys have only made three draft picks thus far in the 2011 NFL Draft, but that's scheduled to change on the third and final day of the draft. The Cowboys currently own five day three picks, assuming they use them all and do not trade out of them. 

The Cowboys are scheduled to pick in each of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds:

  • Round four, pick 13 (No. 110 overall)
  • Round five, pick 12 (No. 143 overall)
  • Round six, pick 11 (No. 176 overall)
  • Round seven, pick 17 (No. 220 overall)
  • Round seven, pick 49 (No. 252 overall)
These picks are of course in addition to the three selections that Dallas made over the first three rounds: USC offensive lineman Tyron Smith, North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter and Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray. 

Round four gets underway at 12:00 p.m. EDT, 11:00 p.m. CDT. Televised coverage can be found on ESPN.

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Dallas Cowboys 2011 NFL Draft Picks

The first three rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft are in the books - and hey, it only took two days. The Dallas Cowboys have made only three selections so far through the first three rounds, with one pick coming in each round.

First Round, Ninth overall: Tyron Smith, OL, USC
Second Round, No. 40 overall: Bruce Carter, LB, UNC
Third Round, No. 71 overall: DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma

Smith is widely believed to be the top offensive lineman in the draft, so the selection by Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones appears to be a good one. Despite being raw, it looks as though Smith will get a chance to start in his rookie season. Our own Brett Perryman wrote this yesterday on the pick:

Despite suggestions otherwise in the week leading into the draft, the Cowboys did rank their choice Tyron Smith No. 5 on their entire board, appreciably higher than Anthony Castonzo and Nate Solder (the Cowboys ranked Solder just ahead of Castonzo). Hudson Houck told reporters after the selection that Smith is "much better" than the other tackles in the draft and that he gave Smith one of the highest grades he’s ever given an offensive lineman in the draft.

Houck also said that Smith will start in 2011, but that the team will go to camp and decide whether Doug Free (who is either a restricted or unrestricted free agent, depending on the result of current litigation and negotiating between NFL owners and players) or Smith will play on the left side. Both players have experience on both sides.

The fourth through seventh rounds will be held on Saturday.

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2011 NFL Draft: Cowboys Select DeMarco Murray In Third Round

The Cowboys have added a runner to their stable, drafting DeMarco Murray with the No. 71 overall pick in the third round. Murray was ranked at 84 on Rick Gosselin’s Top 100 prospects list.

Murray further clouds the Cowboys running back situation. Felix Jones has struggled to stay on the field and looked slower with added weight in 2010. Tashard Choice was unable to force his way into the lineup despite struggles from those ahead of him on the depth chart. Marion Barber carries a huge contract and has seen his numbers regress to the point that Murray appears to be a replacement for him. However Murray has not excelled as a between-the-tackles runner, and that would be the primary need.

Jerry Jones has frequently complained that none of the top three backs could contribute on coverage and blocking special teams. Murray might be a returner but is not likely to fix that issue.

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NFL Draft: Cowboys Pick LB Bruce Carter At No. 40

The Cowboys once again stayed in their spot at No. 40 and selected North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter.

Mike Mayock and Mel Kiper both saw Carter as a mid-first round talent before he injured his knee in November and required surgery to repair his ACL. He has been cleared for football activities, but the Cowboys must view the pick’s value as future years.

Carter figures to push Anthony Spencer at one of the outside linebacker spots or Keith Brooking inside. He also gives defensive coordinator Rob Ryan another pass rushing weapon to use across his second line.

Carter’s selection was announced at the draft in New York City by Super Bowl winner Charles Haley.

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NFL Draft: Aaron Williams Off The Board Quickly In Second Round

Texas corner Aaron Williams had to be one of the players still on the board who intrigued the Cowboys, but the Bills swiped him just one pick into the second around at pick No. 33.

Williams is likely to get on the field quickly at the corner, but he also has some potential to play safety.

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Andy Dalton Goes To Bengals As Expected

TCU’s Andy Dalton was not caught up in the wave of first-round quarterbacks, but once he survived the night, all indications were that the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 35 were the likely location.

If Dalton can get on the field, he’ll have the opportunity to throw to receiver A.J. Green. He may have that opportunity, with Carson Palmer saying that he does not want to play for the Bengals.
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NFL Draft, Second Round

Day two of the 2011 NFL Draft gets underway tonight, with the second round set to begin at 6:00 p.m. EDT, 5:00 p.m. CDT. The Cowboys are currently slated to make two picks tonight, holding the 40th overall pick (the eighth pick of the second round) and the 71st overall pick (the seventh pick of the third round). 

Brett Perryman broke down what Dallas may be looking to do tonight:

Dallas also needs help at guard, as Leonard Davis struggled in 2010 and Kyle Kosier is a free agent, but the draft my lead the Cowboys toward defensive back. Corners Aaron Williams and Brandon Harris are highly regarded and would upgrade a secondary that struggled mightily last season. Mel Kiper projects Harris to the Cowboys and Williams to go off of the board four picks earlier. UCLA free safety Rahim Moore could also be a possibility. Gerald Sensabaugh is a free agent, while Alan Ball had a difficult transition season, leaving Dallas with two potential holes.

Clarence Hill suggests that the Cowboys may target Williams, and that Illinois runner Mikel Leshoure are names that the team reportedly likes. Jerry Jones wants a special teams contributor if he picks another back, however.

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NFL Draft 2011 News

Day one of the 2011 NFL Draft is in the books - something that used to hold more weight. Since the NFL has changed the schedule of the draft, day one only contains the first round. Rounds two and three - equally important if not more important than the first round - are to be held Friday night.

The Cowboys hold the 40th overall pick - the eighth pick in the second round. With their first round pick, Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones selected University of Southern California offensive lineman Tyron Smith, who is widely regarded as the top offensive lineman in the draft, despite being raw. 

It's uncertain who will be available for Dallas, though there have been plenty of surprises thus far. Da’Quan Bowers, who was once linked to the Cowboys in one of SB Nation's mock drafts for Dallas' first rounder, has slid all the way out of the first round and into the second round. It's possible he may be there for the Cowboys at No. 40, but doubtful. 

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2011 NFL Draft Picks: Dallas Cowboys Play It Safe With Tyron Smith

In the days leading up to the NFL draft, we were led to believe that the Cowboys would be satisfied with any of three offensive linemen - Tyron Smith, Nate Solder or Anthony Castonzo. After their selection of Smith at No. 9, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys sang a different tune. Hudson Houck called Smith "much better" than the other tackles in the draft and said that he'd given him one of his highest draft grades ever. Jones said that the team knew Smith was their guy after they went to his pro day and saw him carry his added weight well. 

Smith ranked fifth on the Cowboys' overall board and seventh on Rick Gosselin's Top 100, which he compiles after discussions with NFL clubs. Gosselin was among those (including SB Nation) to correctly project Smith to the Cowboys on draft day.

Smith has already been labeled a starter by Jones and Houck, and Jones went so far Thursday night as to admit that the club will likely release veteran Marc Colombo to clear a spot and to save about $2.5 million.

"We don't have to make that decision tonight," Jones said. "But I think anytime that you make a pick of that stature or that high, he is going to play. And that was a big part of the decision, he can play and will play, and if he plays he will have to take somebody's place."

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2011 NFL Draft Results: First Round

The first round of the NFL draft began in predictable form, with the premier talents in the draft going off the board in the first six picks. Things turned a little crazy as QBs were picked, with the Titans surprising by selecting Jake Locker over Blaine Gabbert. The Saints made a major move to add a second pick in the first round so that they could draft former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. 

1

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton

QB

Auburn

2

Denver Broncos

Von Miller

LB

Texas A&M

3

Buffalo Bills

Marcell Dareus

DT

Alabama

4

Cincinnati Bengals

A. J. Green

WR

Georgia

5

Arizona Cardinals

Patrick Peterson

CB

LSU

6

Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones

WR

Alabama

7

San Francisco 49ers

Aldon Smith

DE

Missouri

8

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker

QB

Washington

9

Dallas Cowboys

Tyron Smith

OT

USC

10

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blaine Gabbert

QB

Missouri

11

Houston Texans

J. J. Watt

DE

Wisconsin

12

Minnesota Vikings

Christian Ponder

QB

Florida State

13

Detroit Lions

Nick Fairley

DT

Auburn

14

St. Louis Rams

Robert Quinn

DE

North Carolina

15

Miami Dolphins

Mike Pouncey

C

Florida

16

Washington Redskins

Ryan Kerrigan

DE

Purdue

17

New England Patriots

Nate Solder

OT

Colorado

18

San Diego Chargers

Corey Liuget

DT

Illinois

19

New York Giants

Prince Amukamara

CB

Nebraska

20

Tampa Bay Buccs

Adrian Clayborn

DE

Iowa

21

Cleveland Browns

Phil Taylor

DT

Baylor

22

Indianapolis Colts

Anthony Castonzo

OT

Boston College

23

Philadelphia Eagles

Danny Watkins

G

Baylor

24

New Orleans Saints

Cameron Jordan

DE

California

25

Seattle Seahawks

James Carpenter

G

Alabama

26

Kansas City Chiefs

Jon Baldwin

WR

Pittsburgh

27

Baltimore Ravens

Jimmy Smith

CB

Colorado

28

New Orleans Saints

Mark Ingram

RB

Alabama

29

Chicago Bears

Gabe Carimi

OT

Wisconsin

30

New York Jets

Muhammad Wilkerson

DT

Temple

31

Pittsburgh Steelers

Cameron Heyward

DE

Ohio State

32

Green Bay Packers

Derek Sherrod

OL

Mississippi St

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2011 NFL Draft Order: Cowboys Pick No. 8 In Second Round

The 2011 NFL Draft returns Friday for rounds two and three with a 5:00 CDT start time. The Cowboys pick eighth, No. 40 overall. Among their needs are defensive end, corner, safety and guard. They may also look to add depth at running back and wide receiver if they decide to release Marion Barber and Roy Williams.

The Patriots will dominate Day 2 of the draft, with the lead pick and three second rounds in total and another pair in the third round. 

2.1 (33) - New England Patriots
2.2 (34) - Buffalo Bills
2.3 (35) - Cincinnati Bengals
2.4 (36) - Denver Broncos
2.5 (37) - Cleveland Browns
2.6 (38) - Arizona Cardinals
2.7 (39) - Tennessee Titans
2.8 (40) - Dallas Cowboys
2.9 (41) - Washington Redskins
2.10 (42) - Houston Texans
2.11 (43) - Minnesota Vikings
2.12 (44) - Detroit Lions
2.13 (45) - San Francisco 49ers
2.14 (46) - Denver Broncos
2.15 (47) - St. Louis Rams
2.16 (48) - Oakland Raiders
2.17 (49) - Jacksonville Jaguars
2.18 (50) - San Diego Chargers
2.19 (51) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2.20 (52) - New York Giants
2.21 (53) - Indianapolis Colts
2.22 (54) - Philadelphia Eagles
2.23 (55) - Kansas City Chiefs
2.24 (56) - New England Patriots
2.25 (57) - Seattle Seahawks
2.26 (58) - Baltimore Ravens
2.27 (59) - Cleveland Browns
2.28 (60) - New England Patriots
2.29 (61) - San Diego Chargers
2.30 (62) - Chicago Bears
2.31 (63) - Pittsburgh Steelers
2.32 (64) - Green Bay Packers

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Cowboys Draft Picks 2011: Dallas Has Options At No. 40

Round two of the 2011 NFL draft begins at 5:00 CDT Friday, and the Cowboys have the No. 40 pick, which is the eighth pick in the second round, and the No. 71 overall pick, which is the seventh pick in the third round. Dallas has needs across their defense, but particularly at defensive end, corner and safety. 

Jerry Jones attempted to trade into the very end of the first round to grab defensive end Cameron Howard, but found the price too steep. 

"We actually looked at some potential trade-ups near the end of the round that we didn't do and couldn't get satisfied that was worth it for us for a defensive lineman," Jones said. "It is an area that we are interested in. It doesn't make it a priority because we have defensive linemen that we are proud of, they are out of contract. They may or may not be restricted according to how we end up. I'm talking about some of them may or may not be restricted according to how we end up and what system we are in. Knowing that we have the unsigned veterans that we are satisfied in (Stephen) Bowen and (Jason) Hatcher and possibly (Marcus) Spears, then that kind of takes a little of the urgency off."

Dallas also needs help at guard, as Leonard Davis struggled in 2010 and Kyle Kosier is a free agent, but the draft my lead the Cowboys toward defensive back. Corners Aaron Williams and Brandon Harris are highly regarded and would upgrade a secondary that struggled mightily last season. Mel Kiper projects Harris to the Cowboys and Williams to go off of the board four picks earlier. UCLA free safety Rahim Moore could also be a possibility. Gerald Sensabaugh is a free agent, while Alan Ball had a difficult transition season, leaving Dallas with two potential holes.

Clarence Hill suggests that the Cowboys may target Williams, and that Illinois runner Mikel Leshoure are names that the team reportedly likes. Jerry Jones wants a special teams contributor if he picks another back, however.

"Again I wouldn't dismiss if we see an opportunity at running back, but we have wanted our third running back to be a special teams player and we haven't had that. That is a goal. We've got a legitimate way to put the snaps on a running back at any of these second to the fifth round. We are not quite the perfect fit there (running back) because we don't have the special teams player."

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2011 NFL Draft: Danny Watkins Drafted By Philadelphia Eagles At No. 23

Baylor’s banner day at the NFL draft first saw nose tackle Phil Taylor taken by the Cleveland Browns with the 21st pick in the first round, and it continued just two picks later as offensive lineman Danny Watkins was selected at No. 23 by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watkins is 26 years old and is the oldest first round pick since 1980, but he is regarded by many as possibly the best immediate offensive line addition in the entire draft, someone who can be an above average offensive guard from day one.

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2011 NFL Draft: Cowboys Ranked Tyron Smith Far Above Other Offensive Tackles

Despite suggestions otherwise in the week leading into the draft, the Cowboys did rank their choice Tyron Smith No. 5 on their entire board, appreciably higher than Anthony Castonzo and Nate Solder (the Cowboys ranked Solder just ahead of Castonzo). Hudson Houck told reporters after the selection that Smith is “much better” than the other tackles in the draft and that he gave Smith one of the highest grades he’s ever given an offensive lineman in the draft.

Houck also said that Smith will start in 2011, but that the team will go to camp and decide whether Doug Free (who is either a restricted or unrestricted free agent, depending on the result of current litigation and negotiating between NFL owners and players) or Smith will play on the left side. Both players have experience on both sides.

Houck repeatedly invoked Larry Allen, saying that Smith “gets on you fast and can really move and run downfield, much like Allen.” Other scouts have compared Smith to former Lions pro bowler Lomas Brown. Houck added that Smith is currently 311 lbs. and will eventually play at 325.

Smith told reporters that he believes that he has the potential to be a pro bowler and a hall of famer. The Cowboys also released Jason Garrett’s phone call to Smith. An unusually excited Garrett told Smith, “you’re gonna have a great future with the Dallas Cowboys.”

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2011 NFL Draft: Baylor's Phil Taylor Selected By Cleveland Browns At No. 21

One of the more rumored links of the day nearly came to fruition as Baylor defensive lineman Phil Taylor was picked at No. 21, the spot at which the Kansas City Chiefs were rumored to be interested in him. The pick was dealt to Cleveland so that KC could add a third round pick.

Numerous sources connected Taylor with the Chiefs as the draft approached, but the Browns were proven to want him more. Cleveland will hope that Taylor can anchor their run defense, whether Dick Jauron plays a 3-4 or his standard 4-3.

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Tyron Smith Scouting Reports

Courtesy of Blogging The Boys, we have a nice selection of scouting reports on Tyron Smith compiled for us. Among them, The Sporting News, National Football Post, ESPN/Scouts Inc, and Pro Football Weekly.

Read the full reports at BTB, but here are some excerpts:

Extremely athletic physical specimen with rare arm length and huge mitts—looks exactly how scouts would draw up a left tackle. Rolls his hips and can create some movement in the run game. Can adjust to movement in space, hook, seal and gain an edge. Outstanding feet to shuffle and slide. Great body control.

Tends to play too narrow-based and shows some stiffness that could create a balance deficiency. Does not play with power in his body. Inconsistent technician. Lacks football intelligence and is very raw—will require time to adapt to an NFL playbook and sort out what he sees. Is too often late off the ball. Can be short-circuited by complex blitz packages. Passive football temperament.

Has the muscular build and strength that NFL teams covet. Is a dominant force despite not being a huge offensive lineman. Uses his hands and strength to punch pass rushers. Is able to drive defensive linemen down the line of scrimmage and lock them up on inline run blocks.

A gifted athlete for the position who at only 20 years old is far from a finished product. However, the flexibility, athleticism, frame and body control are all there for this guy to develop into a very good starting left or right tackle in the NFL, depending on where he feels comfortable.

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Video: Roger Goodell Announcement Of Cowboys Tyron Smith Selection

See video of Roger Goodell announcing Tyron Smith (or was it Tyran?) as the Cowboy’s first round choice, No. 9 overall in the first round of the NFL draft, here.

Among the comments on the NFL Network during Smith’s selection:

Mike Mayock: “He has a wing span like a pterodactyl.”
Mayock: “His movement skills for a guy his size are elite. When I watched him I wondered, why is this guy not on the left side?”

Mayock and Marshall Faulk also discussed whether Smith should be moved immediately to left tackle or if Doug Free should stay at the spot for one more year before Smith slides over.

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Tyron Smith Video

Tyron Smith played on the right side for the past two years at USC, but offensive line coach Hudson Houck says that the Cowboys will look at him immediately on the left side. Below is USC video from Fox Sports and Yahoo, along with game action versus Cal and Oregon State and more links to video of Smith.

Smith is noted for his athleticism and ability to continue blocks downfield, blocking into the second and third level. He has long arms for his 6’5" frame. Smith played in the 280’s at USC but is expected to begin at around 311 lbs in the NFL.


Draft Preview: Tyron Smith by FOX_Sports_Interactive

 

 

 

Pro Football Weekly 
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2011 NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams Select Robert Quinn

With the 14th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams selected defensive end Robert Quinn from the University of North Carolina.

Quinn didn’t play in 2010, but led the FBS in 2009 in tackles for loss while recording 11 sacks.

Quinn was another prospect that had been linked to the Dallas Cowboys leading up to the draft, but Dallas obviously passed over him in favor of Tyron Smith, addressing a bigger need at offensive line.

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2011 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions Select Nick Fairley

With the 13th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected defensive lineman Nick Fairley from Auburn.

Assuming Fairley's character issues don't spark up, the combination of Fairley and Ndamukong Suh on a defensive line could be potentially devastating in Detroit. Fairley had been rumored at one point to go as high as No. 1 overall, but character issues and a poor offseason let Fairley slip all the way to 13th.

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2011 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Select Christian Ponder

With the 12th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder in somewhat of a shocking move.

The Vikings had been rumored to be trying to trade out of the pick, but instead opted to take Ponder to be Brett Favre’s heir apparent.

Ponder’s selection marks the fourth quarterback taken in the first 12 picks: Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and now Christian Ponder.

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2011 NFL Draft: Houston Texans Select J.J. Watt

With the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected defensive end J.J. Watt from Wisconsin.

The Texans opted against taking a cornerback, such as Prince Amukamara, despite their horrific secondary. Watt, however, does provide a nice duo to go along with Mario Williams on the defensive line.

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2011 NFL Draft: Jaguars Trade For 10th Overall Pick, Select Blaine Gabbert

The Washington Redskins traded the 10th overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who then selected Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

The Redskins need a quarterback as well, but opted to pass over Gabbert and essentially trade him to Jacksonville. The Jaguars clearly want more from the quarterback position than what David Garrard has been offering in recent years. 

Details of the trade are still unknown.

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2011 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Select Tyron Smith

As had been rumored in various mock drafts leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected USC offensive lineman Tyron Smith with the ninth overall pick.

Smith is widely regarded as the best offensive lineman in the draft, but the knock on him is that he's raw and needs time to develop. Smith is listed at 6'5", 307 lbs and is extremely athletic for a lineman. There had been rumors circulating throughout the day that the Cowboys would trade the pick, possibly to New England, but none of those rumors came to fruition. 

Dallas' next pick will come in the second round when they pick 40th overall.

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Cowboys Draft Tyron Smith, OT, USC

The Cowboys used all of the time on their clock but kept their pick and drafted USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith. Smith entered the draft as an underclassman and is viewed both as a player with great potential and the ability to step in and start his rookie season.

SB Nation Dallas-Ft Worth will have much more on the choice momentarily.

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2011 NFL Draft: Tennessee Titans Select Jake Locker

With the eighth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans addressed their quarterback issue by selecting Washington quarterback Jake Locker, passing up on Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

The Titans, of course, are moving on from the Vince Young and Kerry Collins era – and Jeff Fisher era. It makes sense for them to select a quarterback, but Locker at eight overall seems like a bit of a reach.

The Dallas Cowboys are now on the clock.

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2011 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers Select Aldon Smith

With the seventh pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith.

Many had been expecting the 49ers to select a different Missouri Tiger – Blaine Gabbert. Harbaugh and the Niners opted to select the defensive end, who may end up playing linebacker at the pro level, to team up with Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to try to improve the pass rush.

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2011 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons Trade For Sixth Overall Pick, Select Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns pulled off the first trade of the 2011 NFL Draft. The Falcons selected Julio Jones, wide receiver, from Alabama.

The Browns received Atlanta's first rounder this year (27 overall), 2nd and 4th rounders and Atlanta's first and fourth rounders in 2012 in exchange for the sixth overall pick. It's pretty shocking how much Atlanta gave up, but good for Cleveland for adding a lot of picks - and high picks at that.

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2011 NFL Draft: Arizona Cardinals Select Patrick Peterson

With the fifth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Peterson was regarded by many, including Jerry Jones, as the top talent in the 2011 draft. Blaine Gabbert had been linked to Arizona given the shoddy QB situation in Arizona, but in the end the Cardinals decided to select one of the top talents in the draft, and somebody who looks like a pretty good bet to be a good pro cornerback.

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2011 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Select A.J. Green

With the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green, regarded by many as the top offensive talent in the draft - yes, we're looking at you Cam Newton.

The selection makes sense for Marvin Lewis and the Bengals, given that Chad Ochocinco likely will not be back with the team next year - ditto Terrell Owens. Green gives the Bengals a playmaking wide out and perhaps incentive for Carson Palmer to rescind his trade demand.

The Arizona Cardinals are currently on the clock, and the trade madness could begin shortly. 

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2011 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills Select Marcell Dareus

With the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Alabama product Marcell Dareus.

Joel Thorman over at SB Nation offered this analysis of the selection:

The Buffalo Bills have made Alabama DT Marcell Dareus the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Dareus is a favorite of NFL Network's Mike Mayock because he can play all three positions on their 3-4 defensive line. Dareus can play immediately in Buffalo and the Bills defense can use all the help they can get. 

In two seasons as a starter, Dareus compiled 66 tackles, 11 sacks and a pick-six in the 2009 BCS National Championship. Even after being suspended two games for accepting improper benefits, he's been considered the likely No. 2 pick for a while now. Despite being bested in the NFL Combine's 40-yard dash by Nick Fairley, Dareus dazzled in just about every other drill.

Mocking The Draft sees him as an instant starting end in a 3-4 system, backing up their assessment with play-by-play breakdowns from the Capitol One Bowl (not for the faint of heart).

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2011 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos Select Von Miller

With the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Texas A&M product Von Miller.

Miller, who is from Dallas, is one of my favorites in the draft. He had an excellent combine and saw his stock rise - clearly it rose pretty high given he was selected second overall. Miller played OLB in the 3-4 for Texas A&M, but Denver uses a 4-3 scheme, so it'll be interesting to see how Miller is utilized. 

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2011 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers Select Cam Newton First Overall

As expected, the Carolina Panthers selected Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the first overall pick in the draft. 

It's not a shock whatsoever, but it's a big risk for Carolina. If he busts (which, I think is likely), that'll be a high two in the form of Jimmy Claussen and the No. 1 overall pick in the following draft on two unsuccessful quarterbacks. And let's face it, Claussen is going nowhere with Carolina, otherwise they wouldn't have made this pick.

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2011 NFL Draft: Roger Goodell Met With Boos Thanks To NFL Lockout

After the introduction of the players in attendance for the 2011 NFL Draft, Roger Goodell stepped up to the podium to ask for a moment of silence to those affected by the storms in Alabama. Before the commish could even begin talking, though, he was met by raucous boos and chants of "let them play," and "we want football."

The fans at the draft are among the most hardcore, so it's not really too surprising that these chants come out. They're a hell of a lot tamer than the ones I received when I attended it two and three years ago wearing my Tom Brady jersey.

This NFL lockout sure is fun, huh?

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NFL Releases Statement On Post-Injunction Operations

The NFL has released a statement on their labor news website regarding the injunction they’ve filed and the current state of operations. The statement begins:

The NFL clubs have been notified that we have requested from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals a stay of the preliminary injunction issued late Monday afternoon by the Federal District Court. Pending further guidance from the Eighth Circuit, we believe it is appropriate for clubs to take additional steps in response to the preliminary injunction.

The statement then details guidelines for player participation with NFL facilities and franchises. Among those guidelines, the NFL will re-open rehab and medical treatment, voluntary offseason workout programs and minicamps and OTAs. Coaches will also be allowed to meet with players and distribute playbooks.

The big remaining question is what will become of player transactions, such as trades and free agent signings. The statement addresses this:

With respect to player transactions (such as signings, trades of player contracts, terminations, tryouts, etc.), we plan to distribute to all clubs, likely tomorrow, a comprehensive set of procedures governing such transactions. This will include the timing for the commencement of the 2011 League Year, free agent signings and other customary player transactions.

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2011 NFL Draft TV, Start Times

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft begins Thursday night at 7:00 CDT, 8:00 EDT. ESPN and the NFL Network will cover the entire draft, with coverage on ESPN beginning at 6:00 CDT. The NFL has also made an online stream of their coverage available here on nfl.com.

Coverage Friday on both networks of the second and third rounds will begin at 5:00 CDT. ESPN will cover the first two hours before sliding their coverage to ESPN2 at 7:00 CDT.

The final four rounds will commence Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. CDT. ESPN’s primary network will hold coverage all day on day three.

SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for the 2011 NFL Draft – NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft order and more. Check it all out at SB Nation’s NFL Draft Hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft.

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Chris Mortensen: Trade Buzz Between Cowboys, Patriots

Chris Mortensen of ESPN tweeted Thursday afternoon that the Cowboys and Patriots appear to be talking trade.

Trade Buzz: New England looking to trade with Dallas to get Cameron Jordan #NFLDraft

Mortensen added in a subsequent tweet that the Cowboys are looking for a trade partner. Dallas would be looking to trade down to lower the potential price of their top pick and add extra picks.

New England has a slew of picks, including Nos. 17 and 28 in the first round. If Dallas trades down to 17, they could either hope that J.J. Watt falls to them or see which of several offensive linemen are still on the board. Tyron Smith is expected to go in the top twelve picks whether Dallas selects him or not. Anthony Castonzo could be off the board by 17, but Nate Solder could still be available.

The report from Mortensen that the Patriots like Jordan fits, but they could also look to jump high enough to reach a playmaker like Julio Jones.

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2011 NFL Draft Order

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is Thursday night live from New York City. Thanks to the NFL's never ending quest for ratings, the draft is now split up into three days, with the first round coming on Thursday night, the second and third rounds on Friday and rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday.

The draft order for the first round is currently as follows:

  1. Carolina Panthers
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. Buffalo Bills
  4. Cincinnati Bengals
  5. Arizona Cardinals
  6. Cleveland Browns
  7. San Francisco 49ers
  8. Tennessee Titans
  9. Dallas Cowboys
  10. Washington Redskins
  11. Houston Texans
  12. Minnesota Vikings
  13. Detroit Lions
  14. St. Louis Rams
  15. Miami Dolphins
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars
  17. New England Patriots
  18. San Diego Chargers
  19. New York Giants
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  21. Kansas City Chiefs
  22. Indianapolis Colts
  23. Philadelphia Eagles
  24. New Orleans Saints
  25. Seattle Seahawks
  26. Baltimore Ravens
  27. Atlanta Falcons
  28. New England Patriots
  29. Chicago Bears
  30. New York Jets
  31. Pittsburgh Steelers
  32. Green Bay Packers
There will almost certainly be a slew of trades in the first round this year, so the draft order will change wildly with trades as the night progresses.
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NFL Draft 2011 News: Rick Gosselin Top 100 Released

Rick Gosselin has released his Top 100 draft prospects list, compiled from conversations with NFL clubs. It's behind DMN's pay wall, but here are a few highlights.

  • A.J. Green is his top ranked player, followed by Von Miller and Patrick Peterson.
  • Cam Newton ranks No. 6, a little higher than I would have expected.
  • Among names commonly associated with the Cowboys, Tyron Smith is No. 7, J.J. Watt No. 11, Cam Jordan No. 12, Nate Solder No. 13, Prince Amukamara No. 15 and Anthony Castonzo No. 16. If the Cowboys aren't in love with Smith, it's easy to see why they could feel comfortable moving back a few picks. Scouting director Tom Ciskowski said Tuesday that, assuming that the draft worked out like he expected, there should be four comparable prospects available at No. 9.
  • Gosselin gives first round grades to four QBs: Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jacke Locker and Christian Ponder. Andy Dalton ranks No. 34.
  • In addition to Miller and Dalton, local players ranked in the top 50 include Baylor's Phil Taylor at No. 24 and Danny Watkins at No. 28, UT corner Aaron Williams at No. 31, and TCU guard marcus Cannon right after Dalton at No. 35. Abeline Christian's Edmond Gates ranks No. 57. Sam Acho - who Will Muschamp told ESPN 103.3 he expects to have a 10-12 year career - is No. 94.

Blogging The Boys has a few other nuggets:

  • There is a group of players with grades at the very end of the first round who should be of interest to the Cowboys--with the hope that one or more of them drop to # 40. They are Danny Watkins (28); Adrian Clayborn (29); Cameron Heyward (30); Aaron Williams (31); Derek Sherrod (32); Muhammad Wilkerson (33) and Jon Baldwin (37).
  • Other invitees to Valley Ranch include: J.J. Watt (11); Prince Amukamara (15); Anthony Castonzo (16); Mike Pouncey (20) Kenrick Ellis (45); Rahim Moore (47); Will Rackley (56); Edmund Gates (57); DeMarco Murray (84); Johnny Patrick (87); Bilal Powell (90).
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    NFL Draft 2011: Andy Dalton To The Cowboys Doesn't Make A Lot Of Sense

    Jerry and Stephen Jones will hold their pre-draft press conference Tuesday at 12:30. They probably won't say much, but we can expect admissions that the Cowboys need help in the offensive line and would like to bolster their defensive line and secondary. Every recent mock draft and almost every piece of processed news from Cowboys headquarters suggests that the Joneses will pick a lineman of some sort, with the three most popular names being USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith, Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo and Wisconsin (five technique) defensive end J.J. Watt. 

    There will be questions about the Cowboys' approach at quarterback, since rumors have floated about that both the Patriots and the Colts are looking to investigate potential successors for Tom Brady and Peyton Manning early in this draft. While it's worth noting that those two will be 34 and 35 when/if the 2011 season starts, while Tony Romo will only be 31, some see a connection. For his part, Bob Sturm passes along the notion that the Cowboys could burn their second round pick (No. 40 overall) on Andy Dalton. The idea would make more sense if the Cowboys had extra picks or if they had fewer desperate, immediate needs. Of course, if Peter King is correct Dalton won't be around as that pick approaches. More likely, the closest the Cowboys will come to drafting a QB on the first or second day of the draft will be auctioning off their pick to a team looking to trade up for one.

    While we pass the time waiting for morsels of info from Valley Ranch, ESPN offers Bill Parcells' NFL Draft daily moment of zen:

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    2011 NFL Draft: Cowboys Set To Draft No. 9

    The Cowboys approach the 2011 NFL Draft with a lot on the line. They pick ninth, the result of a disastrous first half that saw Wade Phillips lose his job and Jason Garrett take his first steps as a head coach. The NFL is locked in a labor battle that eliminates a key offseason for a new coaching staff and will dramatically alter player movement once teams can sign players again. The one constant is the draft. 

    Dallas knows what they have in the draft. They pick No. 9 in the first round and have a pick in every round thereafter, with an extra one at the very end of the seventh as compensation for free agent losses. Drafting well will give them a major advantage heading into the uncertain summer. Drafting poorly means that a roster in transition with limited opportunities in free agency will lack solutions. 

    As Clarence Hill notes, the Cowboys haven't come out of the last three drafts with enough talent.

    Total picks: 24
    2010 starters: 3
    2010 backups: 13
    On other teams: 4
    Out of NFL: 3
    Injured reserve/PUP: 1

    There is potential for some of those backups to still become starters, but three 2010 starters is not enough from three entire drafts.

    It will be Jason Garrett's first draft in charge. He and Jerry Jones will have to find their draft room chemistry quickly, but a long past of familiarity should help that process. For his part Garrett says that they have several alternatives.

    "If you go across our roster, you could say, 'Hey, they could get better here, they could get better here, they could get better here,' " Garrett said during the NFL owners' meetings earlier this offseason. "What we need to do is try to figure out who allows us to do that, and there are a lot of different areas we can do that."

    Dallas needs help in the offensive line, but statistically the Cowboys were terrible defensively in 2010. They have three free agents at defensive end and age at inside linebacker and in the defensive secondary. Mike Mayock thinks that they can go offensive tackle in the second round and that they could go corner (Prince Amukamara) or defensive end in the first round.

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    Cowboys 2011 NFL Draft Primer

    The Cowboys are scheduled to pick No. 9 overall in this week's NFL draft. The following is a primer to remind you where their roster is, what they are expected to do Thursday, and other important data for the draft.

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