Updated Draft Needs

One week after bringing in a host of national prospects, including many candidates to be chosen with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft, the Cowboys hosted a between 25 and 30 area draft prospects.

Among the prospects were six TCU players -- offensive tackle Herb Taylor, safety Marvin White, quarterback Jeff Ballard, safety Eric Buchanan and wide receivers Michael DePriest and Quentily Harmon.

Also on the list were Oklahoma State defensive end Victor DeGrate of DeSoto, Texas cornerback Tarell Brown of North Mesquite and Iowa tight end Scott Chandler of Southlake Carroll.

According to NFL rules, they are allowed to bring a number potential draft picks who grew up or went to school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for interviews and a workout.

This proceeding has resulted in Cowboys careers for receiver Patrick Crayton, cornerback Jacques Reeves and running back Tyson Thompson.

Among the players who visited last week were:

Andy Alleman, OG, Akron; Allen Barbre, OT, Missouri Southern; Justin Blalock, OT, Texas; Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Ohio State; Michael Griffin, FS, Texas; Ben Grubbs, OG, Auburn; Brandon Merriweather, FS, Miami (Fla.); Reggie Nelson, FS, Florida; Antonio Pittman, OH, Ohio State; Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh; Aaron Ross, CB, Texas

1. Wide receiver: In Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn, the Cowboys believe they have one of the top receiving tandems in the league. Both topped 1,000 yards last season. But they will be 34 and 33 next season, respectively, meaning the Cowboys need to start developing a lead receiver for the future. This will be a point of emphasis in the draft.

2. Free safety: Patrick Watkins was a typical rookie starter last year at free safety. He had his moments but he also was victimized for big plays. The Cowboys like his potential and think he has the chance to develop into a solid player. However, it is important that the Cowboys improve the position immediately because of the desire to take strong safety Roy Williams out of coverage and use him close to the line of scrimmage. Ken Hamlin was added, but only on a one-year contract.

3. Defensive tackle: The Cowboys like nose tackle Jason Ferguson, but they have no depth behind him. They need help here.

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