Cowboys Focus on Linemen in Indianapolis

Today, we begin to break down some of the prospects that have already been interviewed by Cowboys' scouts at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. <BR>

As we get closer and closer to the NFL draft, one thing is starting to become crystal clear- the Dallas Cowboys are looking closely at upgrading their talent along the line of scrimmage.

We saw it during the week leading up to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL, and we are seeing it once again at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

In Mobile, we told you about the Cowboys' interest in Virginia Tech's Jim Davis, Oregon's Adam Synder, LSU's Marcus Spears, and many others.

One scout told us weeks later, "They were talking to essentially every linemen on the North squad that week. If there was one area they were looking, that was definitely it."

From what we've gathered during the last four days in Indianapolis, the Cowboys are continuing that trend at the NFL Combine.

Leading the way in terms of top candidates to wear the silver and blue is Southern Cal's Shaun Cody.

Cody, a defensive tackle, measured in this weekend at 6-4, 293 pounds. And while he didn't run the 40 yard dash, he will at his pro day on March 24.

The Cowboys' infatuation with Cody is obvious- especially if the team decides to switch to the 3-4 formation. Cody told us in Indianapolis that he can play inside in a 4-3 and outside in a 3-4. In other words- he's versatile.

Among some of the other teams showing interest in Cody include San Diego and Minnesota.

Maryland's Shawne Merriman is another versatile prospect the Cowboys are showing interest in this week. Merriman could play either as an end or an outside linebacker, which is an obvious plus.

But from what we understand, Bill Parcells really likes his relentless style of play and his quickness. On film, Merriman is a 'Parcells' player, and with the Cowboys need for linemen, and a potential switch to the 3-4 defense in the works, Merrimen is the perfect fit.

Nicknamed "Lights Out," Merriman may be emerging as one of the primary targets for the Cowboys in the first round.

Dallas also interviewed South Carolina's George Gause this week.

Gause, an underrated defender with excellent quickness, met with the Vikings, Packers, Jaguars, Chiefs, and Cowboys.

Another prospect who may be flying under the radar a bit is Oregon State's Bill Swancutt. Swancutt measured in at 6-4, 270 pounds this week and interviewed with several teams, including Dallas, San Diego, Detroit, Carolina, Minnesota, and the New York Giants.

Moving over the offensive line, the Cowboys are being a little more secretive with their draft day targets, but one name we did hear about drawing attention was New Mexico's Claude Terrell.

Terrell (6-3) weighed in a massive at 343 pounds this weekend and could play either as a guard or tackle in the NFL. Likely a third round pick or later, the Cowboys are interested in Terrell primarily as a guard.

Terrell scheduled interviews with the Cowboys, Browns, Eagles, Buccaneers, Dolphins, Jaguars, and Texans this weekend.

Stay tuned to on Monday, as we present several of the skill position players the Cowboys have talked to in Indianapolis.

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