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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Handicapping the Cowboys' draft picks

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Morning News has taken a look at the Cowboys' 12 draft picks and projected when some of them might see the field. He thinks linebacker Jason Williams out of Western Illinois has an opportunity to start in his third season, which would probably coincide with Keith Brooking's retirement party. MacMahon says guard/tackle Robert Brewster out of Ball State could compete with Kyle Kosier at starting left guard within the next couple seasons. For everyone else, it sounds like a crapshoot.

An AFC scout told me Tuesday that Brewster failed his club's physical at the combine. Brewster has been described as "fleshy" by some scouts because he lost so much weight in college. He reportedly showed up on campus weighing 360 pounds, but he quickly dropped the pounds. In Brewster's defense, he was a 50-game starter in college. And he played through a knee injury early in his senior season.

The scout I talked to thought safety Michael Hamlin out of Clemson was a solid pick in the fifth round and that kickoff specialist David Buehler out of USC was "the best pick in the Cowboys' draft." I still think picking the kicker was ridiculous, but we've already been over that.

In other news, the AFC scout thought fourth-round pick Stephen McGee would struggle because he has "self-confidence" issues.

"He really gets down on himself," said the scout. "We just thought he was a bit fragile to play that position for us."