Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sliding Irish QB to help Cowboys again?
By Tim MacMahon
Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn's slide was the best thing that could have happened to the Cowboys in the 2007 draft.
The Cowboys might be able to benefit from another Notre Dame QB's draft-day slide this year. There is speculation that Jimmy Clausen, widely considered the the second-best quarterback in the draft, could fall all the way to the second round if he isn't picked in the top half of the first round.
That could result in the Cowboys having several options when they go on the clock with the 27th overall pick. Stay put and draft the best available non-quarterback, or take an offer from a team trying to move up for Clausen.
Jerry Jones and Co. convinced the Cleveland Browns to give up a high second-rounder and '08 first-rounder for the right to pick Quinn with the 22nd overall pick. Dallas parlayed those picks into a pair of players who appear to be rising stars: OLB Anthony Spencer and RB Felix Jones.
Could the Cowboys get a similar deal if Clausen tries? You can count on Jones at least working the phones if that's the case.
The Cowboys strongly considered drafting Quinn, who was the No. 8 player on their draft board. Jones has declared that he has no intention to draft a quarterback this season, especially in the first round. But a QB could still be the key to their draft.