Cowboys Combine Wrap-Up
The Cowboys showed a special interest in at least five players at the combine. Here they are, along with what other teams we know were interested in these players as well:
Interest from the Cowboys still appears to be high in Cincinnati's Corey Dillon. In an ideal situation, the team would like to acquire a running back like Dillon via free agency before the draft, and then focus squarely on needs on the offensive and defensive lines in the early rounds.
This is nothing new for hard-core Cowboys fans, but during several conversations throughout the week, the organization confirmed the idea that a top-notch running back is at the top of their pre-draft wish list. The plan before the start of training camp is simple: add a running back, increase their depth on the offensive line, find a new pass rushing defensive end, and add another shutdown cornerback. Early reports have the Cowboys very much interested in Northern Illinois RB Michael Turner and Ohio State's Maurice Clarett as possible second round selections. Clarett in particular has caught the eye of the Cowboys head man himself, Bill Parcells.
Wide receiver Roy Williams from the University of Texas has impressed many NFL team personnel evaluators with his tremendous receiving skills, route-running ability and speed/quickness for a man his size. Williams was considered the No. 1 wide receiver prospect for the upcoming draft until Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald declared recently. Seven teams spoke with Williams in the first days at the combine, including representatives from the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. While the Cowboys aren't really in a position to draft him, they did evaluate him extensively this past week.
The Cowboys also spent an extensive amount of time scouting N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers, although the prevailing opinion is that he'll be long gone by the time the Cowboys go on the clock with the 22nd pick in the first round.
We found out early in the week that head coach Bill Parcells decided against attending this year's NFL combine, which is really nothing out of the ordinary.
The Cowboys denied rumors of a potential trade with Cleveland Browns running back William Green, but confirmed the idea of a Keyshawn Johnson for Joey Galloway deal with Tampa Bay. Galloway, who has been a huge disappointment since his acquisition 4 years ago wants out, and Johnson, according to most reports, wants to be re-united with Parcells.
The Cowboys also spent extensive time evaluating Miami OL Vernon Carey. They like his size and his versatility, and he also figures to be available near the end of the first round. Carey was schedule to meet with more than 10 teams in Indianapolis, including the Cowboys. If the Cowboys are somehow able to acquire a free agent running back in March, Carey would be one of our top choices to be taken by the Cowboys with their #22 pick.
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