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Cowboys at the Senior Bowl

Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com has been at the Senior Bowl keeping up with what the Dallas Cowboys are doing there, and he has some notes. I find it interesting that they met with Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, who's old enough to be a veteran backup even if he's not "veteran" enough. Calvin doesn't think the Cowboys will draft a quarterback, and Weeden wouldn't fit the profile of a guy who'd be ready to take over for Tony Romo when Romo's done (because Weeden will turn 29 next season and would be 32 or 33 by the time Romo's ready to retire). But perhaps his maturity level relative to the rest of the quarterbacks in the draft class made him someone the Cowboys wanted to at least check out for the backup role vacated by Jon Kitna's retirement. Due diligence, as Calvin said.

Of greater interest, potentially, is the Cowboys' interest in defensive players they might draft. As we mentioned in today's Breakfast Links, they met with Alabama pass rusher Courtney Upshaw, who'd be a great pick if he were still on the board at No. 14. Calvin also mentions here that they met with troubled North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins and could take a look at Georgia's Brandon Boykin, who could help in the return game as well as the secondary.

If the Cowboys are doing "due diligence" on backup quarterbacks, I imagine they're doing much more than that in an effort to spot defensive backs of interest. They need those. A qualified veteran backup quarterback is a luxury.