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Saturday, April 3, 2010
How did moves affect Cowboys' draft?

By Matt Mosley

The Dallas Cowboys could have waited until after the draft to release left tackle Flozell Adams and safety Ken Hamlin, but they decided to go ahead and pull the trigger. Obviously, the moves suggest safety and offensive tackle will be even bigger needs on the first couple days of the draft.

The Cowboys have a replacement for Adams in Doug Free, but it's not a sure thing Alan Ball or Michael Hamlin can become starters. The Cowboys brought in safeties Nate Allen, Morgan Burnett and Chad Jones for visits Friday.

Of that group, I think South Florida's Allen is the most likely to be chosen at No. 27 by the Cowboys. And as I've suggested several times, Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty is also a player they really like. Some mock drafters have the Cowboys selecting left tackle Anthony Davis at No. 27, but I don't see that one at all.

We'll keep you posted. Go Butler!