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With No Second Rounder (Currently) Cowboys Have Long Wait To Keep Improving

There's no way to hide it, the Cowboys universe (for the most part) is still giddy over the power move made by Jerry and Stephen Jones to move up in the first round to select Morris "Pick Six" Claiborne, cornerback out of LSU. They had to give up a second round pick however, and while most evaluators feel that this was highway robbery performed on the St. Louis Rams to move up from 14 to 6, it still leaves Dallas off the clock until pick #81; the 18th selection of the third round.

So now there are rumors that Dallas wants to trade last-year-of-his-contract corner Mike Jenkins to try and move up. To return to the second round though, that would have to be the first domino as you couldn't expect him to net more than a fourth or a fifth. Most likely there would have to be some sort of combination in order for Dallas to regain a second rounder.

So the focus is really on the third round, and fortunately, this is one of those drafts with a heavy middle. There should be plently of recognizable names remaining once Dallas hits the podium. Here are some of the names of prospects rated as third rounders that visited Valley Ranch in pre-draft visits:

  • Guard's Jeff Allen and Josh LeRibeus
  • OLB's Ronnell Lewis and Keenan Robinson
  • WR Ryan Broyles
  • RB Cyrus Gray

Other names that could slide to Dallas? QB Kirk Cousins, RB LaMichael James, FS George Iloka, DT Alameda Ta'Amu, RB Robert Turbin, TE Ladarius Green, FS Brandon Hardin, WR joe Adams, TE Orson Charles, G Brandon Washington, C Phillip Blake, DT Akiem Hicks.

There are so many directions Dallas can go, don't fall asleep during the 50 picks prior to the Cowboys.

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