Draft plans coming into focus

With no first-round pick -- it was dealt as part of the package that netted wide receiver Roy Williams at the trade deadline in October -- the Cowboys don't plan to make a major splash in the 2009 draft.

Of course with owner Jerry Jones, that's easier said than abided by.

Jones might not have a first-round pick, but he has a bevy of 11 picks at his disposal, which promises to give Jones an itchy dialing finger.

And if there is one thing we know about Jones, it's that he likes to work the phones on draft day, for he didn't earn the nickname "Trader Jerry" for sitting idle on such weekends.

With only one pick on the first day of the draft, it's going to be tough for Jones to sit back and let everybody else have all the fun.

The Cowboys' first pick is in the second round at 51 overall, meaning they'll be observers for several hours barring a trade to move up in the show.

Jones doesn't feel compelled to move, as it is his belief that they can get a good player with the 51st overall choice.

It's worth noting, however, that Jones made six trades last year in the draft. It would be an upset if he actually picks 11 players in this year's draft.

So look for him to move around and try to maximize his bounty of picks, just don't look for him to move back into the first round.

The Cowboys don't have what they consider a need position. However, the Cowboys could use help at safety, wide receiver, cornerback and the interior lines on both sides of the ball.

Of course, as a 3-4 team on defense, they can make a case for drafting a linebacker every year.

Also look for the Cowboys to target a young quarterback to groom for the future, perhaps with a late-round choice.

TEAM NEEDS: Safety, cornerback, wide receiver.

S -- The Cowboys satisfied their immediate need at safety with the signing of Gerald Sensabaugh so they don't have to force the need in the draft. But Sensabaugh only signed a one-year deal. The Cowboys still could target a safety. The Cowboys have no one behind Sensabaugh -- or free safety Ken Hamlin, for that matter -- who the team would label as a short-term or long-term solution at the position.

CB -- With only five cornerbacks on the roster, and one with extensive experience in Terence Newman, the argument could be made that this is the team's top need. The Cowboys will start second-year players Mike Jenkins, a first-round pick in 2008, or Orlando Scandrick opposite Newman. Both are very much unproven, especially in a starting role.

WR -- The Cowboys will draft a receiver. It's just a matter when they'll do it. But following the loss of Terrell Owens and the general uncertainty of the position behind Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton, they could use an infusion of talent. Miles Austin is still unsigned but could get a bigger role as a No. 3 receiver.

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