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Peter King: Cowboys May 'Stretch' For Anthony Castonzo Or J.J. Watt At No. 9

One of Peter King’s ten NFL Draft thoughts in his Monday Morning QB column involves the Cowboys:

7. Dallas isn’t solid about what to do at nine. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cowboys stretch for versatile Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo (wisely) or Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt.

This fits the recent narrative emanating from Valley Ranch, suggesting that the Cowboys are as high on those two as Tyron Smith and maybe even Prince Amukamara (though their feeling could also be that Amukamara won’t make it to nine).

The resulting question is then whether it makes more sense to sit tight and simply grab the guy you like best or to play the value game and move down. King’s next thought plays into that question:

8. And if Castonzo’s on the board when the Vikes pick at No. 12, he’ll be in play there, along with defensive end Aldon Smith, with Locker on the outside.

If both of these are true, or even if the Cowboys think this is true, it may be enough to keep them from moving down too far, at least if they settle on offensive line.

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