Dallas draft news and notes

Morris Claiborne received a lot attention before the NFL Draft because he scored a 4 on the Wonderlic Aptitude Test at the combine.

Claiborne said it had nothing to do with football and he simply blew it off. He said it didn't reflect what type of person he was or what type of player he was.

It clearly didn't hurt his draft stock.

"All the talk that I was hearing about the Wonderlic is that it's just not that important," he said. "Everybody I talked to, even coaches and all, they were like, 'That test doesn't mean nothing. That test is not going to declare where you go in the draft or nothing like that.' So if they don't have any football on there, I'm here for football, so what?"

* Cowboys coach Jason Garrett likes overachievers and believe he got one with a lot of upside in Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford.

Crawford was taken by the Cowboys in the third round Friday night. After waiting through the entire second round and 17 picks of the third round, the Cowboys used the 81st pick of the draft on the 6-4, 280-pound defensive end from Boise State.

Crawford played running back in high school in Canada. He went the junior college route to hone his football skills but was only recruited by Boise State. He is raw and very athletic and drew the NFL's attention because of his ability to get to the quarterback. He led Boise State in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (13.5), causing three fumbles, recovering two fumbles and blocking a kick as a senior.

"He's a guy that we really feel like has some upside," Garrett said. "He played at a very good program. A number of players the last few days have been drafted from Boise. He played a high level of competition, he played the right way, he practiced the right way.

"The thing we like about him the most is his motor, the way he plays. He's a high-energy guy."

* Tackle Jermey Parnell signed a three-year deal on Thursday despite being a backup the past two seasons and an immediate future as the third tackle. The Cowboys like Parnell as a swing option in case of injury at tackle.

"We like him a lot and we let a number of veteran tackles who were backup options go last year because we felt so good about him," Garrett said. "He's a young player. He's got all of the physical abilities that you want. All the measurables you want. He's a big, long-armed, with outstanding feet. He's an excellent athlete. He was a college basketball player, so he has that background, but he's learning football.

"The thing we like about him maybe as much as anything else is he has all the measurables, all the athletic ability, but he works very hard. He's committed to being a great player. When you have that ability and have that approach, you see improvement almost on a daily basis. So we're excited about him and feel like he has a chance to develop into something we want as a tackle on our football team."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I honor and respect the Giants but I thought we could have won nine games with this team (last year). And if we could win nine then maybe we could have the same run as the Giants had. That's where I thought we were then. I think we are better now. We are better. Certainly we are better with what we did in free agency. After the draft we are better all the way round." -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

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