Some of what we've learned after visiting with team sources about this weekend's draft has been widely speculated. Other insight is new and valuable information.
Let's start with the obvious.
The top of the Cowboys draft board in the first round is heavy with running backs. Steven Jackson, and of course Kevin Jones, are two names that rest at the top of the board. Arkansas offensive tackle Shawn Andrews, Miami offensive tackle Vernon Carey are two players that are close behind.
Here's what we know about those players as of early Saturday morning.
Jackson is likely going to be long gone before the Cowboys go on the clock with their first round selection.
Regardless of what you've read elsewhere, the chances of Steven Jackson not being drafted before the 22nd selection are slim to none.
Meanwhile, Shawn Andrews is a player that has been picking up serious momentum among several teams in recent weeks. Notably, the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philadelphia is said to be making a play to move up from #28 to take Andrews. Keep in mind the Eagles have 10 picks in this weekend's draft and would be willing to part with multiple picks to make that move.
Minnesota is also high on Vernon Carey, a player that Bill Parcells has reportedly become very fond of this offseason.
Naturally, this leaves Virginia Tech running back Kevin Jones as the obvious choice for the Cowboys.
While anything can happen on draft day, the Cowboys are ready for just about any scenario that could possibly be thrown their way. Miami DT Vince Wilfork could be another possibility should the above-mentioned players all be gone by the time the Cowboys go on the clock with the 22nd overall pick.
Regardless, based on numerous sources from around the league, Kevin Jones still looks like the best bet.
Finally, there is new information on Miami LB , as his stock is falling fast here at the 11th hour.
Several teams are red-flagging Miami linebacker Jonathan Vilma as MRI's have revealed a pre-existing knee injury. While it is not believed to be severe, there is some thought that Vilma could slide into the late first round, potentially into the top of round two.
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