Good morning. I hope everyone had a good weekend celebrating whichever holiday they prefer. The NFL draft is now 17 days away, and we have links.
You've seen Alabama safety Mark Barron projected as the Cowboys' first-round draft pick. Now take a look at ESPNDallas.com's draft preview series rundown of Barron.
David Moore writes that Troy Aikman did Tony Romo no favors a couple of weeks back when he said Romo was a better quarterback than he had been, since the last thing Romo needs is for expectations for him to get any higher.
New York Giants
I get a lot of questions about Chad Jones, the safety the Giants drafted in the third round two years ago and who nearly died in a car wreck two months later. Jones is looking forward to participating in offseason workouts when they begin next week.
If the Giants decide to take a running back at No. 32 in the first round to replace Brandon Jacobs, Todd McShay says they would have some options.
At this point, Mike Kafka is the No. 1 backup quarterback to Michael Vick in Philadelphia. Trent Edwards, a veteran who didn't play in the NFL last year, is the only other option, and Vick always misses at least some games. Jeff McLane takes a look at whether Kafka is a good enough answer at this somewhat important position.
Mark Eckel writes that he expects the Eagles' streak of never taking a first-round linebacker to continue in this draft, but he outlines some linebacker candidates for teams that might draft one -- or I guess for the Eagles in a round after the first.
This came out at the end of last week, but it's worth linking again for those who missed it: Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is planning several visits to Waco to work with Robert Griffin III over the coming weeks. Hey, why not get a head start, right? There have to be some advantages to picking that high in the draft, especially given the price.
Ty Detmer sees the comparisons between Griffin and Vick, but echoes some others who have pointed out that Griffin is a more polished passer at this point in his career than Vick was when he was drafted.