On the Clock: Dallas Cowboys

April, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Team needs: Wide receiver, safety, outside linebacker, offensive tackle.

 
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  Ohio State receiver Brian Robiskie could be available to the Cowboys at No. 51.

Dream scenario: In Jerry Jones' dream scenario, he might be able to slide up from No. 51 to No. 35 and land a top-flight wide receiver such as North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks or Rutgers' Kenny Britt. I have a suspicion, though, that Ohio State's Brian Robiskie might still be there at No. 51. The only reason to go to No. 35 is if you simply fall in love with a player. The Cowboys have the ammunition to get it done, but it's more likely they move down a couple of slots. The name I keep hearing at No. 51 is Western Michigan safety Louis Delmas. Though I haven't seen a lot of film on the player, the Cowboys think he could immediately challenge Gerald Sensabaugh for the starting spot opposite Ken Hamlin.

Plan B: It wouldn't shock me one bit to see the Cowboys take an offensive lineman in the second round. There's a misconception that the Cowboys will feel pressured to take a safety or wide receiver with that No. 51 spot. I don't feel like Jones feels that pressure. For instance, the Cowboys could take a guard if someone starts slipping. I also think the team could use another pass rusher. DeMarcus Ware is a phenomenal talent, but right now he's lining up opposite a player (former first-round pick Anthony Spencer) whose career hasn't really taken off yet. Look for Jones to go after a receiver in the third round. It looks like you'll be able to get some pretty good value in the third on one of those receivers. That's what I'd do, but up to this point, Jones has not sought my opinion.

Scouts Inc. take: "Although Dallas does not have a first-round pick, do not be surprised if it is active in trying to move up into the first round. Two of the strengths of this team going into last season were expected to be the secondary and receiver positions. After trading cornerback Anthony Henry and waving wide receiver Terrell Owens those positions now have holes to fill.

"If Dallas sits tight and does not move up, WR and CB will still be on Dallas' mind, but safety will still potentially be a play as there could be a lot of value at No. 51. Two players to keep an eye on would be Patrick Chung from Oregon or William Moore from Missouri." -- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.

Who has final say? That would be Jerry Jones, although scouting director Tom Ciscowski does a really nice job and will have plenty of input.

Previous On the Clock: Carolina Panthers. The team-by-team series.

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