If there’s one thing to know about the NFL Draft, it’s that there are no sure things. For every Ryan Leaf, there’s a Tony Romo: teams just don’t know how things are going to work out. This past week, the Dallas Cowboys got one last look at a hanful of players that could be the latest to wear the coveted star as a 2009 draft pick. You can read the list as a whole here. We looked at five linebackers, four wide receivers, three safeties, two quarterbacks and offensive linemen, as well as one tight end and one defensive end. There are a few interesting names on that list.
Two Buckeyes make the list, and they’re two names that I think we should take a long, hard look at. I’ve said plenty of times that we should move up to get Brian Robiskie. This draft class is deep in WR talent, and we might benefit from that, with either Robiskie or another talented WR like Hakeem Nicks falling into our laps. The other is outside linebacker Marcus Freeman. Freeman’s stock has been climbing ever since he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at his pro day. I think this time, we might have found an Ohio State linebacker who is worth something. Freeman is currently projected to be drafted in the late second or early third round. Another name that interested me was Mohamed Massaquoi from Georgia. He’d be a nice, tall target for Tony Romo. Speed was a concern for him, but he ran a 4.51 at his pro day. He’s still young, leaving Georgia as a sophomore, but he could work out. According to that site, though, Mel Kiper is predicting that the Bears could take him from us if we’re interested. The Bears hold the 49th overall pick, and we have the 51st. Jerry Jones would have to move up a few spots, maybe package that second round pick with a sixth or seventh rounder, to beat the Bears to Massaquoi.
I’m also glad to say that the Cowboys are looking at a quarterback for the long term. One possible name is Texas A&M’s Stephen McGee. The three-year starter is overcoming a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, but he’s just the kind of quarterback that I’d love to see as a long-term replacement for Tony Romo. He’s 6’3, 225 pounds and grew up as a Cowboys fan. Although we already addressed the safety spot with Gerald Sensabaugh, we took a look at a few guys, with Clemson’s Mike Hamlin on the list. Two Hamlins at safety? It could happen. Hamlin is quick enough to cover the deep pass, a big hitter and has a nose for the ball, totaling six interceptions. He’s also good against the run defense, with 96 tackles and a forced fumble last season.