Cowboys Second Round Targets

The Dallas Cowboys will have plenty of options available when it comes to the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. <BR>

S Josh Bullocks - The Cowboys need help at safety, and Bullocks physical presence and playmaking ability may be just what they're looking for. Bullocks shattered school and Big 12 Conference records with 10 interceptions last season, and in the process also earned first-team All-America honors. Bullocks may offer the perfect compliment to Roy Williams in the Cowboys defensive backfield.

S Ernest Shazor - Shazor took some time to develop at the college level, but when he finally got his opportunity, he displayed flashes of brilliance. He is a physical tackler who is more fluid in coverage than some will lead you to believe. He may not be the Cowboys ideal safety candidate in this year's draft, but he's worth a look none the less.

WR Matt Jones - The Cowboys, along with many other teams, have shown heavy interest in Jones, a former quarterback at Arkansas. While no team likes Jones as a quarterback, he has demonstrated excellent speed, great hands, and the ability to make plays in the slot. In addition, do not underestimate the fact that Matt Jones is from Arkansas. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appears to be enamored with the idea of acquiring this former Razorback.

WR Terrence Murphy - Murphy is a Texas native and played his college ball at Texas A&M. The Cowboys have already shown heavy interest and Murphy should be available through the early stages of the second round. The Cowboys second round pick may hinge on what they decide to do at the end of the first round. If the Cowboys are able to pick up a player like Troy Williamson, Murphy may not be the best pick here.

LB Kevin Burnett - Burnett has decent size and could be a steal in the second round if he can remain healthy. An outstanding athlete that displays flashes of brilliance while also showing steady progress on the football field, Burnett offers a lot of upside potential for the next level. He could quickly start on either the weak side or strong side but must have his mental abilities catch up to the standout physical skills he possesses.

DT Anttaj Hawthorne - Defensive tackle may not be as big a priority for the Cowboys this year due to the recent acquisition of Jason Ferguson. Nevertheless, if Hawthorne falls into the second round, he's worth a hard look. The feeling among scouts at the Senior Bowl was he needed to be coached further to realize all of his potential. He is generally sound in the run-stuffing department but is a shade slow in his ability to snare the quarterback. The Cowboys, along with the Chargers, have shown significant interest here.

OT Khalif Barnes - While no one may be talking about it this offseason, the Cowboys need to continue to build depth on the offensive line, especially at tackle. Barnes is a prototypical left tackle physically and has a very nasty disposition. In addition, he has a pretty good understanding of blocking angles and a pretty good range. However, his inconsistent play may drop him in draft, and substantially past the Cowboys No. 42 overall pick.

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