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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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