Cowboys Like Another Local

It's no secret that the Cowboys could improve at the wide receiver position, even if Miles Austin (as expected) re-signs with the team.

Austin is either a star, or on the cusp of stardom. But Roy Williams was inconsistent last season and Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd and Kevin Ogletree are good players, but far from irreplaceable.

The Cowboys reportedly are considering several candidates (link to previous story?), but also are increasing their attention on one local star. After turning in one of the best showings of all receivers at the NFL Combine, SMU wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is climbing the draft board of several teams — including, it seems, the Cowboys.

Sanders, who holds virtually every receiving record in SMU history, measured in at 5-foot-11 and weighed 186 pounds at the Combine. He also was among the leaders at his position in five drills: the 40-yard dash (4.41 — tied for second among wideouts), the vertical jump, the broad jump (10.6 — first among wide receivers, and tied for fifth-best among all players, regardless of position), the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle.

His numbers were among the most impressive at the Combine, so he will not take part in the running and lifting portions of SMU's Pro Day, which takes place April 1. Instead, he will let his Combine numbers stand, and run receiver drills if asked by the coaches and scouts in attendance. SMU's Pro Day is expected to have representatives from more than 20 NFL teams, including the Cowboys, and multiple offensive coordinators.

After Pro Day, has learned that Sanders also will hold a public workout with representatives from a handful of NFL teams in attendance. At that time, Sanders is expected to offer an additional demonstration of his receiving and route-running abilities, break down offensive plays and defensive schemes, and answer any further questions the scouts have. also learned that while at the Combine, Sanders met with the wide receivers coach (or another offensive assistant coach) of all 32 NFL teams, and met with the special teams coach of 10-12 teams.

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