Dallas Cowboys: T.J. Ward

Drive of the game: Dan Bailey's tying FG

November, 18, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas –The Cowboys’ game-tying drive Sunday against Cleveland will not be remembered in the annals of fourth-quarter comebacks in franchise history.

It was, however, effective.

Taking over at their 20 with 1:07 to play, the Cowboys needed eight plays and all but two seconds before Dan Bailey’s 32-yard field goal sent the game into overtime.

They also needed some Cleveland penalties. The first was a shoulder-to-helmet hit on safety T.J. Ward on a deep throw to Kevin Ogletree. The second was a 35-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Sheldon Brown three plays later

That put the ball at the Browns 14 with 23 seconds left, but the Cowboys would never threaten the end zone. After a 5-yard scramble, Tony Romo’s pass to Miles Austin was out of the end zone. Then the quarterback’s third-down pass fell harmlessly to the ground.

Bailey was able to make the kick and do the same again in overtime to give the Cowboys a 23-20 win.

Scouts Inc. mock, with Dallas tweaks

April, 22, 2010
Here are the players Scouts Inc. projects to go to the Cowboys in its seven-round mock draft ... and the players I think the Cowboys would pick at each spot given the guys on the board.

First round (27th overall)

Scouts Inc.: Boise State CB Kyle Wilson

There would be a lot of high fives at Valley Ranch if Wilson is there for the taking at No. 27. If he isn't there -- and the Cowboys don't move out of this spot -- Rutgers CB Devin McCourty is a solid bet.

Second round (59th overall)

Scouts Inc.: Maryland OT Bruce Campbell

Campbell is a top-10 athlete with late-round production. The Cowboys might be willing to gamble on his potential in the second round. But, if South Florida FS Nate Allen is there a few picks earlier, expect the Cowboys to try to move up to get him.

Third round (90th overall)

Scouts Inc.: Oregon S T.J. Ward

If they haven't drafted a safety and Georgia Tech's Morgan Burnett is still available, the Cowboys would pull the trigger quickly. He's a second-round possibility, but Scouts Inc. has him sliding into the early fourth.

Fourth round (125th overall)

Scouts Inc.: Texas WR Jordan Shipley

This is a good value pick. Shipley would improve the Cowboys' return units and challenge for playing time as a slot receiver.

Sixth round (196th overall)

Scouts Inc.: Illinois TE Mike Hoomanawanui

This only makes sense if the Cowboys trade Martellus Bennett. Let's go with Kentucky fullback John Conner, which would make recently arrested fullback Deon Anderson's job status even shakier.

Seventh round (234th overall)

Scouts Inc.: Eastern Kentucky OT Derek Hardman

Can't say I'm familiar with Hardman's work. If the draft goes down like this, guard/center and inside linebackers would be the two biggest needs the Cowboys failed to address.