Cowboys checking out Dre Kirkpatrick

I love where the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are picking -- 14th and 15th, respectively, in the first round in next month's NFL draft. Those spots lend themselves to endless speculation and a myriad of possibilities. We know who the Redskins are taking at No. 2 (or at least we know it's one of two possible quarterbacks). And with the Giants picking No. 32, speculation is almost pointless. No way to know who'll be there, and the Giants always pick the best player available anyway.

But the Cowboys and the Eagles, right there in the middle of the first round, that's where the fun is when it comes to speculation. And I know you Cowboys fans are enjoying it, so here's some more.

Calvin Watkins reports that the Cowboys plan to bring in Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick for a visit in early April. The team can host up to 30 players, so a Kirkpatrick visit doesn't mean he's the pick. But with the Cowboys still needing to add depth in the secondary and on defense in general, he's a very interesting guy. Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock draft had Kirkpatrick going No. 17 overall, so it's possible he'll be there for the Cowboys at 14 if they want him.

We've talked about this a lot, and we'll continue to do so for the next five weeks. Some people like Stanford guard David DeCastro at that No. 14 spot. I personally think the Cowboys need to be thinking defense, and as bad as their secondary was last year taking the best available defensive back at 14 makes a ton of sense to me. That could be Kirkpatrick. Could be Janoris Jenkins. Could be a safety, if Kirkpatrick's national champion teammate Mark Barron is there.

But anyway, Kirkpatrick's going to Valley Ranch the week after next, and I figured you guys could have some fun with that information.