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Jerry Jones: Cowboys might not draft QB at all

The Cowboys did heavy research on QBs for this draft, but are content with backup Kellen Moore and in no hurry to add a developmental quarterback.

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Sean Lee recovering from minor knee surgery

Dallas linebacker Sean Lee (knee) is expected to return to the offseason program in time for the organized team activities in late May.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones said second-round pick Jaylon Smith was among the top five players on the Cowboys' draft board, which would mean they have selected two of their top five players with the team selecting Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 overall.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Finally, Jerry Jones admits Greg Hardy has no chance to return to Cowboys no matter how dire their situation at DE.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time this offseason Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has ruled out the return of defensive end Greg Hardy. The door is closed.

Thumbs up or down: Jaylon Smith

Taking the injured linebacker from Notre Dame at No. 34 was a high-risk, high-reward move. Was it the right decision? Todd Archer answers

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

Indianapolis Colts third round pick Le'Raven Clark started all 51 games of his Texas Tech career. The former Red Raiders offensive tackle was part of an offensive line that allowed just 27 sacks. Fun fact: Clark scored two 2-point conversions in 2015, running in a lateral against Kansas on a designed play then catching a batted Patrick Mahomes pass and converting against Oklahoma State.

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Highlights: Le'Raven Clark

Indianapolis took Le'Raven Clark out of Texas Tech with the No. 82 overall pick. Check out some of the tackle's best highlights here.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys wanted defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah in second round, and if they had gotten him they were going to try to trade back into the second round to acquire Jaylon Smith. He was always in their plans to take in the second round.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Cowboys' picks so far through two rounds: 1. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State; 2. Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame; 3. Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska. Unless they move back into the third round, they will have six picks Saturday with two in the fourth and four in the sixth.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys went with defense for their second straight pick but expect to get production this year out of this one in Nebraska defensive tackle Maliek Collins with the 67th pick in the draft. Collins was more productive in 2014 (14 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks) than in 2015 (seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks). He is the pure three-technique that Rod Marinelli likes.

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Jaylon Smith: A lot of uncertainty drafted with an injury (1:59)
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Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli on when Notre Dame' LB Jaylon Smith first impressed him.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli admits it will be tough to be patient to wait for second round pick Jaylon Smith but, "his play just leaps off the tape," Marinelli said. He called Smith an elite player and one who could be the best player in the draft next year.

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Jaylon Smith overwhelmed, drafted by the Cowboys (0:51)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Cowboys' picks so far through two rounds: 1. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State; 2. Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

At the start of the season the Cowboys will not have their four most-recent second-round picks on the field with this year's selection Jaylon Smith needing a redshirt year because of a knee injury. The 2014 second rounder, DeMarcus Lawrence, is facing a four-game suspension and the 2015 second rounder Randy Gregory, will miss the first four games because of a suspension. Tight end Gavin Escobar, their second rounder in 2013, is expected to start the season on the physically unable to perform list because of a torn Achilles.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaylon Smith graded out as a Top 5 player before the knee injury. Pass rush ability, athleticism and pro size. Rare talent. Could be a steal for the Cowboys when he is fully healthy and back on the field. Smith is expected to sit during the 2016 season.