By: Joe D.
With the Dallas Cowboys selecting Dez Bryant in the first round and trading their 3rd round pick to New England for their 4th round pick, the Cowboys will likely have an uneventful 2nd day (round 2 and 3) of the draft.
The remaining Cowboys picks are as follows:
Round 2, Pick 27 (59)
Round 4, Pick 21 (119) (From Patriots)
Round 4, Pick 27 (125)
Round 6, Pick 27 (196)
Round 7, Pick 27 (234)
With two 4th round picks, the Cowboys have the luxury of trading into the 3rd round. They can either trade picks or package a veteran player. As previously discussed, there are redundancies at some positions. With Bryant now a Cowboys, it is unlikely the Cowboys will keep six wide receivers on the 2010 roster. Seemingly Bryant, Austin, Williams, and Ogletree are safe. Crayton and Hurd (who signed his restricted free agent tender and can be traded) may not be valued highly individually, but packaged with a 4th round pick, could allow the Cowboys to enter the third round.
After the first day of the draft, the perceived holes on the Cowboys roster are unchanged. The Cowboys lack depth and youth at offensive line, if Jason Williams is not believed to be a viable replacement for Keith Brooking, youth at ILB is an option, a safety is an option (unless the Cowboys have confidence in Alan Ball or Mike Hamlin), and youth at defensive tackle. Don’t dismiss drafting a running back. While the Cowboys have three quality backs, Jones and Barber have suffered injuries that have limited their play the past two years. Additionally, Barber is overpaid considering his production.
Players who may be available when the Cowboys draft at 27 are (my preferences are bolded):
Tackle: Rodger Saffold, Bruce Campbell, Vladimir Ducasse, and Charles Brown
Running Back: Toby Gerhart, Johnathon Dwyer, Stafon Johnson, and Joe McKnight
Linebacker: Daryl Washington, Brandon Spikes, Pat Angerer, and Navorro Bowman
Defensive Tackle: Terrence Cody, though I’m going to include Doug Worthington just because
Safety: TJ Ward, Nate Allen, and Taylor Mays