Written by theMBIIIeffect
Earlier today, agents for Flozell Adams and Ken Hamlin confirmed that the two had been released by the Cowboys.
Adams, 34, was a second-round pick from Michigan State in 1998 and made the Pro Bowl five times in his 13-year career in Dallas. He missed only 14 games during that span, but his play started to decline over the past few seasons. Doug Free looks like the Cowboys’ top option to fill in for Adams on the current roster.
Hamlin, a Cowboy since 2007, has failed to produce after that first season that earned him a six-year, $39 million contract. In 2007, Hamlin recorded 102 tackles and five interceptions. In 2009, Hamlin had 52 tackles, no interceptions and two passes defended.
The Cowboys have a few options on their current roster to fill in for Hamlin. There’s Alan Ball, who filled in for Hamlin last year while the starter was sidelined by a high ankle sprain. There’s also Mike Hamlin, a fifth round pick out of Clemson from last year’s draft.
The draft could see the Cowboys address one or both of these positions.
They have a scheduled visit with Morgan Burnett, a safety from Georgia Tech. Mock drafts have the Cowboys taking safeties like Reshad Jones from Georgia and Major Wright from Florida in the second round or later.
The left tackle spot is less clear-cut. This year’s tackle class is top-heavy, and if most of the mock drafts are correct, most of the talent will be off the board by the time the Cowboys get their first pick, the 27th pick overall.
Then again, the Cowboys have not taken an offensive lineman in the first round since 1981. They might be due, but they’d need to move up to get a game-ready talent on the offensive line.
This blows everything wide open for the Cowboys’ first overall pick. Could the Cowboys move up for a safety like Taylor Mays or Earl Thomas, a tackle from the ranks of Trent Williams, Anthony Davis or Charles Brown, or receiver Dez Bryant?
We’ll have to wait and see.