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April 26, 12:30 PM ET
Chat with Todd Archer

Todd Archer
  (12:23 PM)

Let's start a little early, if you don't mind. I'll do my best to answer your draft and lockout questions.

Dustin (NC)

If Peterson falls to #6 to the Browns, do you think Jerry will make a phone call? Giving the past trading history with the Browns and Cowboys?

Todd Archer
  (12:26 PM)

Lots of ifs there because I don't see Peterson falling to six. Jerry's recent history with the Browns was with Phil Savage, but he has a good relationship with Mike Holmgren too. I think Jerry makes a call if Peterson is at No. 6, but he is not going to give up the farm because this team needs a lot of players. I'm not giving up a second rounder to move three spots. I'd rather have two players instead of one.

Brian M. (College Station)

Hey Todd, what are the chances that Jerry decides to trade back in the draft?? I think it would be wise to trade back into the teens, get a couple extra draft choices, and see if Prince or Tyron Smith falls. If both are gone, they would still probably be able to snag a guy like J.J. Watt or Jimmy Smith of Colorado.

Todd Archer
  (12:28 PM)

I think he'd love to trade back a few spots and pick up a pick or two. That's been his m.o. as the general manager.Here's the problem - I don't see a team really wanting to move up to No. 9 to grab a player off the board. They'd need someone like Julio Jones to fall to No. 9 for them to move down a handful of spots. I don't think they can move down too far, however, because you don't want to be left without a guy you really, really want.

Tony Romo (Dallas)

Todd, what do you think of Dez joining me and a couple of the older guys for dinner a few days ago??

Todd Archer
  (12:29 PM)

I think it was a good move by you and Andre Gurode to have the lunch. I like what I'm haring about your involvement in getting the players together for workouts next month, too.

Edward M. (Dallas)

Is it me or does it seem like the Cowboys are better when nobody expects them to win?? Last year and the year after they went 13-3 we sucked, but the years before those, when nobody expected us to win, we did great!!

Todd Archer
  (12:31 PM)

There's something to that for a lot of teams really, not just the Cowboys. It's easier to perform when the pressure is off. That being said, in 2008 they missed the playoffs by a game because Romo missed three starts with a broken pinky. Last year was just a bad year all around.

Forrest (Indianapolis)

I am a Lions fan, and I've been saying for a while now that the Lions should trade their 13th pick (along with a couple of late-round picks, maybe one this year and one next year) to Dallas for Dallas' 9th pick. That SHOULD allow Detroit to grab Amukamara at #9 (even though I'd rather see them trade up further and take Peterson), and Dallas SHOULD still be able to grab Tyron Smith at #13. I believe both players will still be available at those respective spots in the draft. What are your thoughts on this?

Todd Archer
  (12:32 PM)

Might be a nice way for the Lions to repay the Cowboys for the Roy Williams' trade, no?

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Who do you think that the Dallas Cowboys will select in the First Round of the 2011 NFL Draft?

Todd Archer
  (12:33 PM)

I'll cop out on this one and give you three names: Tyron Smith, Anthoy Castonzo, J.J. Watt. Last week I would've said Smith. This week I'm saying Castonzo. By Thursday I'll say Watt. We should have a better feel (maybe) after Jerry Jones' press conference here in about an hour. Castonzo can come in and play right away. Smart kid. Lots of experience.

Sandor Kato (Bryan TX)

Todd!! I love the Cowboys, but after last year's despicable performance, how can they regain my trust??

Todd Archer
  (12:34 PM)

Win the season opener at the Jets?

Tony (Shreveport)

WHy why would the Cowboys take an OL that will not start when the secondary was aweful, The passrush was non exsistant, and we have no DE but one under contract? Makes no sense! Explain? And is there a chance they move up not down for say a Peterson if he is there?

Todd Archer
  (12:36 PM)

Why wouldn't an offensive tackle start this year? I'm holding firm that Jenkins will get it together and I think Newman was having hsi best season before suffering the rib injury vs. the Giants. You make a good point on the defensive ends, but this draft is stocked with those guys. Give me a tackle in the first round and an end in the second round. There's more ends that can play right away than tackles.

Victor (Gulfport, MS)

Will the Cowboys go after a "lockdown cb" or will they address the offensive line?

Todd Archer
  (12:37 PM)

I don't see them going cornerback with the No. 9 pick. Maybe at No. 40 they could grab a guy. They'd love to see Brandon Harris there, but I think he could be gone late in the first round.

kenny (miami )

how long do you think romo will be with the cowboys if he can't stay healthy or lead to a nfc championship or superbowl

Todd Archer
  (12:39 PM)

Stephen Jones said the other day Romo has five or six years left. I'd agree with that. Remember, he didn't play his first three years so he's not worn out like some other guys. He keeps himself in good shape.

Big Chris (El Paso, Texas)

Who's under more pressure this off-season and regular season?? Tony Romo, Jason Garrett, or Jerry Jones?

Todd Archer
  (12:40 PM)

Of the three, I'd say Romo. Here's why: Jerry will be the owner for as long as he wants. Garrett will have the first-year bliss as the fulltime coach. Romo has been beaten up a little because of the 1-5 start to the season before he got hurt. I think that has him fired up to get back to being viewed as a top-10 quarterback.

bones (orlando)

now that there is hope for 2011 season, when can we expeact barber to be gone (hopefully soon)? also, what other moves in free agency can we die harders expect? thanks Todd!

Todd Archer
  (12:42 PM)

Well, there is hope but we don't really know the system in place yet. I think Barber will be cut. In a normal year it would be post-June 1 in order to spread money out over the cap and save $4 million this year. I think they make a play to keep Kosier and Sensabaugh but only at deals that make sense. They will not over pay. I can see them looking at a safety in FA too. Many people have mentioned Michael Huff. I wouldn't discount Eric Weddle though.

Fuscious_Jones (Charleston, S.C.)

What's the chances of Dallas trading down to say picks 14-18 and picking up an extra 3rd, maybe 2nd rounder, then trading back into the 1st round to pick up a valuable player? Draft either Smith, Castonzo, or Carimi with the mid round pick, then draft Wilkerson, Heyward, or Phil Taylor with the late 1st round pick. We need help in the trenches!!!!

Todd Archer
  (12:43 PM)

I like the first part but not the second part. They would have to give up next year's No. 1 to do that. I'm not sure that's worth the risk to get one of those guys.

michael (boston)

Do you think that Jerry will actually draft an OT in the first round? Its not the sexy, wow pick he likes. I hope he doesnt draft down too much and out think himself out of an impact player

Todd Archer
  (12:45 PM)

The Cowboys haven't selected an offensive lineman in the first round since 1981. That's the longest current drought in the NFL. I think it ends, but I think it's funny that an ex-O-lineman like Jerry has passed on the position for so long.

Aggie (TX)

Hey Todd, huge fan from your DMN days. What do you make of Mosley's reports that Cowboys are not interested in Tyron Smith? Any truth to it or smokescreens?

Todd Archer
  (12:45 PM)

Oh, I think there's interest in Smith but maybe not as keen as it was a few weeks ago. Who is this Mosley fellow? ... I'm kidding. Does a great job on GAC.

Shawn Jacob (Carrollton, TX)

Todd, your colleague Calvin Watkins said he didn't believe the Cowboys will be a Super Bowl contending team for the season. What is your opinion on the Cowboys being a possible Super Bowl contender?

Todd Archer
  (12:47 PM)

I think they could be a Super Bowl contender. Last year's NFC rep, Green Bay, was a wild-card team. I think the NFC is pretty wide open and the Cowboys, especially Romo, will want to put 2010 behind them. I think the middle part of the schedule could help the Cowboys put together a run to the postseason.

Trey Pridgen (Lake Havasu City, AZ)

With the Lockout being "lifted", why is it that when players return to the facilities to work out, they are turned away and told they are not allowed to workout at team facilities?

Todd Archer
  (12:48 PM)

They're not being turned away - at least at Valley Ranch - but the NFL doesn't want them working out. They don't want to risk injuries and they don't want anything to happen before an appeal. What I find strange is how unprepared the league has seemed since Judge Nelson's ruling. It's like it did not prepare for that contingency.

T. Webb (Oak Harbor, WA)

How far back can they trade and still get a good O-Lineman, like Castanzo or Smith?

Todd Archer
  (12:50 PM)

There apppear to be five tackles that could be picked in the first round. At No. 9 the Cowboys can get the best one, whomever they deem that to be. I wouldn't move back too far because then you're left with Nos. 4 or 5. I wouldn't move past No. 13 just to be safe so I could get a Smith, Castonzo or Solder.

kenny ((miami ))

if dez bryant keeps on having off the field issues what do you think jerry jones will do with him in 2 years from now

Todd Archer
  (12:52 PM)

I think we have to keep his "off field" issues in perspective when compared to what's happened to other players. Bryant's issues have been about his finances and how he dresses. The other guys have found real legal trouble. But he must get it together because you don't want to have all of these little things happening. They add up and people just get tired of it. Not because of what he's gokng through this offseason, I still think the Cowboys look at a WR on the third day of the draft.

Derrick Johnson (Lewisville, TX)

Hey Todd on your part of the game-by-game prediction you have the Cowboys finishing the season at 10-6 having them lose their first three divisional matchups. Do you really expect the Cowboys to drop their first three division games?

Todd Archer
  (12:53 PM)

It happened last year so I don't see why it would be a stretch to happen this year.

Jordan (Austin)

Aaron Williams or Rahim Moore in the second round if they're both there?

Todd Archer
  (12:54 PM)

Since you're from Austin I should say Williams, right? Just kidding. I like Williams better. He can play safety but he has some size to him that helps vs. bigger wide receivers as a corner. I like his position flexibility.

Mark (Windsor, ON)

I am still not sold on the Boys taking Tyron Smith, I believe it is being over-blown after Garrett's visit to USC. What are the chances of the Boys trading up for P. Peterson and what players should we watch for in the middle rounds?

Todd Archer
  (12:57 PM)

Nice to see the folks in Windsor talking NFL draft rather than NHL playoffs ... I'm not sold on it either even if I picked him in a mock draft last week. We're getting a lot of Peterson questions, so I'll go at it again: I'm sure Jerry will look to move up if he's available at No. 6 but I think there are too many needs to give up picks for just one guy.

AJ (OKC)

Is Dez a Deion puppet or is he a totally new species... I'm an OKST fan and I'm just saddened that he's acted like he has.

Todd Archer
  (12:57 PM)

Deion and Dez are no longer buddies. The Under Armor deal kind of ended that relationship.

Dustin (NC)

How about if we gave up next years 5th and 3rd round pick to move up to number six? Sound far?

Todd Archer
  (12:58 PM)

Why would Cleveland want those picks when the Browns won't know if there's going to be a draft next year?

Shawn Jacob (Carrollton, TX)

Any chance the Cowboys select a QB in the second or third rounds to give Stephen McGee some competition?

Todd Archer
  (12:59 PM)

That would surprise me. I do see them taking a quarterback but not that early. I believe you should take a QB every year, like Ron Wolf seemed to do in Green Bay. The Cowboys liked what McGee did at the end of last year. He has made progress but needs to make more.

Mike (Sacramento)

As a Lehigh grad, I'd love to see the Cowboys take Will Rackley and I've read reports that they really like him. Are these reports true and if so, where is a good place to target Rackley?

Todd Archer
  (1:00 PM)

Always take the best Patriot League player available. Nom, seriously. Rackley was in for a visit before the draft, so I'd say the interest is for real. The Cowboys are not a team to waste visits. Where do they get him? I'd say third or fourth, maybe fourth.

ryan (long boat key)

yo Todd! when does Jerry throw in the towel on Marty B(ust)? this guy is gonna look back one day when he is old and say...you know, I really blew it being so immature. Agree? thanks.

Todd Archer
  (1:03 PM)

I wouldn't throw in the towel now with this being the last year of his deal. But Bennett has not produced as hoped. Too many mistakes. I think they see how John Phillips is doing in his rehab from a knee injury and then maybe seeing if they have a taker on Bennett. But that's a low, low, low possibility.

Aggie (TX)

Do you agree with "The Goose" on staying at 9 and picking a blue chipper?

Todd Archer
  (1:04 PM)

Sort of, but I don't know there will be a "blue" chipper there. Maybe. But I wouldn't get cute with the draft. I think that has been one of Jones' problems. He tries to out-think everybody and pays for it a little.

Shawn Jacob (Carrollton, TX)

And the Cowboys toughest opponent for the 2011 NFL season is....

Todd Archer
  (1:05 PM)

It's hard to not say at New England, right? Then at the Jets to start the year. I'll stick with the Patriots' game.

Dustin (NC)

NFL with out a draft ?Is the NFL really that dumb to take it that far? If that happens we will have bigger issues than just not having the draft

Todd Archer
  (1:05 PM)

Might not be an NFL decision. Could be a judicial system ruling.

Casey (college station)

With the change in kick off rules, do you think that David Buehler will be kicking somewhere else next year?

Todd Archer
  (1:07 PM)

Good question there, Casey. I don't think it helps him that much. But what I think will help him is Kris Brown. Having a veteran to compete with should raise Buehler's level. Last year he did not have that kind of competition and I think that hurt him.

Roy Williams (in hiding)

So am I going to get a shot at the #1 WR spot this year? Austin is overrated!

Todd Archer
  (1:07 PM)

Umm, no, you will not have that chance.

Mike (Atlanta)

If the cowboys draft an OT any chance they put him at LT and move Free to RT?

Todd Archer
  (1:09 PM)

I don't think so. Maybe if they selected Smith, but only after a year or two. They believe Free has a chance to be a top-flight left tackle for years to come and he will have a contract coming up pretty soon too that could pay him left tackle-ish money. I don't see them moving him for anybody but Smith.

Aggie (TX)

Please tell me that the Boys have no interest in the two most over rated players: Pouncey and Amukamara!

Todd Archer
  (1:10 PM)

I don't see them taking either guy at No. 9. Pouncey could be a guy in the teens they could take and plug him in at guard.

Geno (Pittsburgh, PA)

After seeing the question about the Cowboys' interest in Rackley, who do you think is a better 3rd or 4th round value at OG: Rackley or Moffit from Wisconsin? Who could play right away and which 1 do you think will be the better pro?

Todd Archer
  (1:12 PM)

Wow, breaking down some guard play here. Who do you think I am, Broaddus? I generally like Wisconsin offensive linemen. I think they have a decent track record. Rackley has some skill but you have to project him because of the level of play he has seen. Either guy could be a fourth rounder, I'd guess. I'd lean toward Moffit.

Todd (Mansfield)

Seems to me Cameron Jordan is a pefect fit here. Smart, versatile, family history in the league. Will you be suprised if we just take him at 9 and be happy? I would be happy with him.

Todd Archer
  (1:14 PM)

I'm a Cam Jordan guy. I think you're on to something there. Last year the Cowboys really liked Tyson Alualu from Cal and would've taken him late in the first if he was there and Bryant was gone. I think they see Jordan as a good fit for a 3-4 with pass rush skills. At 9 might be a little rich, but not too bad.

Ronnie (Bossier city)

What do you think of Dallas Trading back a few spots and going with Jimmy Smith? And how about the Bengals as a trading partner?

Todd Archer
  (1:15 PM)

Like Jimmy Smith the player. Not sure the Cowboys like the off-field stuff. As for trading with the Bengals - that's the only team Jerry Jones has not made a deal with. I don't see that changing.

Mark (Windsor, ON)

With the Cowboys OL in need of upgrades, do they give Sam Young an opportunity to prove himself?

Todd Archer
  (1:16 PM)

There's a segment at Valley Ranch that wanted to see Young get some time at the end of last year. I think he has a chance to be pretty good. Smart. Moves pretty well. I think he's tough. He'll be in the mix but if they go with an OT at 9, then it would be harder to get in that mix.

Todd Archer
  (1:17 PM)

Sorry, folks, have to pack up from this Panera Bread and get over to the stadium for the press conference. If you have anymore questions, send me an e-mail and I'll answer. Courage.