Although only corner Michael Jenkins (1), is projected as a regular in 2009, I felt the Cowboys had a great deal of quality players emerge in 08. TE Martellus Bennett (2), RB Felix Jones (1), DC Orlando Scandrick (5), and RB Tashard Choice (4) are all talented and game ready athletes.
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The Cowboys didn't pick till round number three and caused a few eyebrows to raise with the selection of Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams. I personally like the selection and believe he'll become a household name in the not to distant future. By the same token, many people really like second selection tackle Robert Brewster. He's a big dancing bear, but he is going to need to get a good deal stronger and re-shape his body. In my opinion, he is strictly a right tackle or guard prospect. Butler is a developing player who should help upgrade the Cowboys special teams. After showing some early progress quarterback Stephen McGee, do in part to injuries, has been slow to develop. He certainly is an athlete, but I was disappointed in his stroke, accuracy and throwing delivery. Beyond that point I really liked Buehller' leg on kickoffs and I really believe Phillips best football days are still ahead of him. Both corners (Smith and Mickens) from the U of Cincinnati have flashed during their careers, but both have speed limitations. I thought Smith was a little tight, but has versatility and was an adequate returner. Mickens has good hands, ball skills and awareness, but does not have a lot of juice and struggled to become 180 pounds. TCU's Stephen Hodge is still another special teams candidate and developing inside backer.