Draft Tidbits Out of Valley Ranch

Marcus Trufant was a name that was mentioned a lot during the week of the Senior Bowl earlier this month in Mobile, Alabama. Could the Cowboys be interested in obtaining the services of one of the top cover corners in the country?

Cowboys scouts were raving about Washington State's Marcus Trufant during the week of the Senior Bowl, even though they kept referring to him as "that cornerback from Washington" and they also had good words to say about Eugene Wilson, another standout cornerback out of Illinois.

Trufant is a terrific cover corner that's impacted the defense at Washington State ever since he was a true freshman. As a senior, Trufant timed out at 4.51 in the 40-yard dash and registered 59 total tackles and 3 interceptions.

He's smooth in his hips transitioning off the line, displays solid footwork and top overall cover techniques. He also times his deep defenses well, positions himself nicely against opponents and immediately locates the pass in the air.

Washington State's Marcus Trufant is generally regarded as one of the top cover cornerbacks coming out of college for the 2003 NFL Draft.
Meanwhile, Wilson tallied 66 total tackles this past year at Illinois, with 1 interception and a touchdown on a punt return. Overall, he had an outstanding week at the Senior Bowl, even though he struggled on the deep ball during a practice session early in the week.

Both Wilson and Trufant should both be available when the Cowboys go on the clock in the first round during the 2003 NFL Draft. After a standout week of practice at the Senior Bowl, Trufant has moved ahead most cornerbacks in the eyes of professional scouts. Both players however, are currently projected as first round picks by most experts.

Interestingly enough, the general consensus on Texas QB Chris Simms wasn't something quite worth noting to Cowboys fans. It appears as though the scouts out of Valley Ranch weren't impressed with his week of practice, nor his play on the field.

You might recall some experts already suggesting that Bill Parcells may be inclined to draft Chris Simms after his father helped lead the Giants to the Super Bowl. That doesn't look like a strong possibility at this point.

Another player that seemed to grab the attention of the Cowboys was Antonio Garray. Several scouts spent an extensive amount time interviewing on the sidelines of the Senior Bowl, including the Cowboys.

Some experts have Antonio Garray off of their draft boards altogether, simply because he's been so injury prone during his career at Miami.

The most recent was a broken ankle suffered in the second half of the Virginia Tech game this past season. Many are also very concerned about a neck injury that kept him on the sidelines last spring.

Though the broken ankle alone is not enough to keep him from completely being selected in April, the fact he's played in barely 14 games over the past three seasons is enough to knock Garray out of the first day and possibly the entire draft.

With the #5 overall selection in the draft, the Cowboys could obviously do a number of things. We'll begin to analyze specific players and more detailed strategies as the 2003 NFL Draft draws closer.

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