The Dallas Cowboys will do their homework on Auburn's Cam Newton even though it's unlikely he'll be available when they make their first draft pick in April. The club's vice president/director of personnel, Stephen Jones, told ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer on Thursday that Newton would be among the 60 players the Cowboys will interview.
"This is what we do every year," Jones said. "You got to do all your work because you never know what's going to happen in a draft. It's part of doing your diligence as a personnel department. You can never assume anything and you can't leave any stone unturned. Give [director of college and pro scouting] Tom [Ciskowski] and our guys a lot of credit; they work hard at it and we get prepared."
Jones says the Cowboys do this every year, but I don't recall them visiting with Dallas' own Matthew Stafford or Oklahoma's Sam Bradford. Of course, the Cowboys didn't have a top-10 draft pick in those years. It would be fascinating to see what the Cowboys do if Newton somehow "falls" to No. 9. My gut tells me that Jerry Jones would field several phone calls and end up trading down.
I've heard it said by my radio colleague Randy Galloway, and others, that Tony Romo could benefit from some competition at quarterback. But I don't think Newton would offer any serious competition for at least a couple years. But since Newton has gone on record (with Peter King) saying he wants to be an "entertainer and an icon," it seems like the Cowboys might be a good destination.
We'll try to find out how the interview with Newton goes and pass along that information.