SENIOR BOWL: WR Talks with Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys continue to be active at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The Ranch Report has the latest.

Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed was largely forgotten during the last two months of the 2007 college football season.

A senior, Sweed's 20 career touchdown catches ranked No. 2 in school history entering the Red River rivarly game against Oklahoma in early October. However, a preseason wrist injury which was re-agrivated against the Sooners ended his season after only six games.

"I knew it was an injury I would be dealing with going into the season and I did everything I could to play through the pain and help the team," Sweed said.

At 6-foot-5, and 219 pounds, Sweed was often a mismatch for cornerbacks and a big target for Texas quarterbacks. He averaged 33.3 yards on his touchdown receptions, none bigger than his late-game catch in the end zone at Ohio State in 2005, a key victory in Texas' march to the national championship that season.

Now healthy at this week's Senior Bowl, Sweed is reminding teams around the NFL just how good he can be.

And the Dallas Cowboys are taking notice.

Dallas, which is looking to draft a wide out with one of its first three picks in the upcoming 2008 draft, needs to get younger at wide receiver with aging stars Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens.

In fact, Glenn likely won't be back with the team next season, making it all the more important to find a quality wide receiver before the start of the 2008 season.

The downside to Sweed's game is that despite the fact he was fairly productive as a collegian and played great in high-profile matchups, he only averaged about two and a half catches per game in four seasons.

Where he goes in the draft will be affected greatly by how well he runs at the NFL Combine, but he appears to be somewhere in the 4.6 range. He'll also have to answer questions about his durability, and not just for last year's wrist problem.

The Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders have also shown significant interest in Sweed through the first days in Mobile.

Keep in mind the Cowboys have two first round draft picks (No. 22 and No. 28) this year so there is plenty of flexibility as far as moving up or down.

Projected to be taken somewhere in the middle of the first round, Dallas would likely have to consider Sweed with its first pick.

Texas WR Limas Sweed

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