Mosely-draft Q and A
Q: If we were lucky enough that Arkansas tackle Shawn Andrews and Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones were available at No. 22, which player would Dallas take?
MOSLEY: Bryan, with Shawn Andrews getting his weight down around 365 pounds (he was at 400), he'll probably be gone. Even if he did slip, I'm not sure if Bill Parcells would want a guy that has had such wild weight fluctuation. I have a feeling the Cowboys would grab running back Kevin Jones or Steven Jackson if one of them slipped to No. 22.
Q: Will the Cowboys take a wide receiver or a cornerback with their second pick?
Archie Hector, Washington, D.C.
MOSLEY: Archie, I think you can go ahead and rule out receiver in the second round. Even though the draft is rich in receivers, I think the Cowboys feel relatively confident at that position. That said, if Wisconsin's Lee Evans somehow slipped to the Cowboys in the second round, it would be hard not to take him. I think cornerback is a definite possibility in the second round. Keep your eye on a 6-1, 195-pound cornerback named Joey Thomas out of Montana State. The Cowboys love him.
Q: Given obvious needs to upgrade specific positions, will the Cowboys' leadership be focusing on those needs or will a best-available player philosophy guide the selections?
Jim Wallace, Williamsburg, Va.
MOSLEY: The Cowboys will be looking for value in every round. About the only positions you can rule out are quarterback, kicker and punter. Even though the Cowboys need a running back, it wouldn't prevent them from taking a great linebacker such as Miami's Jonathan Vilma if he somehow slipped in the first round.
Q: I would like to know if you think the Cowboys will draft a running back with their first pick. Some experts think drafting a running back in the first round will be a "reach" and they could get one in the second.
Dianne in Pa.
MOSLEY: Dianne, I have a hard time believing the Cowboys wouldn't take either Kevin Jones or Steven Jackson if they were on the board at No. 22. If they're gone and that's likely to be the case look for the Cowboys to trade down and possibly take Michigan's Chris Perry. The Cowboys could probably find a solid back as late as the fourth round. The Houston Texans did that last season, and Domanick Davis has worked out pretty well for them. Also, Lee Suggs wasn't a first-rounder, but the Browns think he's the back of the future. The Broncos seem to always hit on a late-round running back. In fact, they've become almost arrogant about it.
Q: Bill Parcells has traditionally not played rookies. This draft looks like a perfect time for him to plug holes though. How many rookies do you expect to see played this year and at what positions? This question presumes that he does a good job of drafting at those positions.
Neill, Los Gatos, Calif.
MOSLEY: I noticed that it didn't take Bill Parcells long to insert rookie Terence Newman at starting cornerback and center Al Johnson would've been the starter had he not injured his right knee. I could see a scenario where a starting running back, right tackle and cornerback all come out of this draft. That's why each pick is so crucial. There has been talk about the Cowboys bringing in guys when teams make cuts on June 1, but I don't expect any of those players to make a huge impact.
Q: What do you think the odds are of the Cowboys finding a taker for Larry Allen and using hopefully a third-round pick to move up in the first or second round for a running back, offensive lineman or cornerback?
Doug Feldman, Melville, N.Y.
MOSLEY: I'm going to be surprised if someone trades for Allen on Saturday. People just don't think he has anything left. If it happens, though, don't expect the Cowboys to trade up in the draft. They covet more picks and don't really have much to give in return.
Q: Any way we get Steven Jackson? He really wants to be a Cowboy.
MOSLEY: It wouldn't shock me if Jackson were still there at No. 22. But I think it's more likely that Denver will go ahead and take him. He has impressive speed (4.5 in the 40-yard dash) for a big running back. He has a lot of power, but I think the Cowboys are concerned about his knees being banged up.
Q: I know that running back is a hot topic around there coming up in the draft. Is there any talk or movement on trading the rights of some of the current backs? Also, what is the status of free-agent running back ReShard Lee. I know he had a decent camp last year before the knee injury. Is he back to 100 percent, and how does he figure in the running back picture?
MOSLEY: Keith, I just don't see any teams biting on Troy Hambrick or Erik Bickerstaff. One guy failed in his long-awaited audition and the other guy played fullback in college and has a couple games experience at tailback. ReShard Lee finished the season on the practice squad. His knee is fine, but he'll still have a tough time making the team. He has excellent hands, but the only way he makes the team is if he can makes strides on special teams.
Q: Will the Cowboys give the Packers their third-round draft pick for Green Bay Packers cornerback Mike McKenzie, who wants out? He is experienced and there is no learning curve.
Todd Huggins, Berlin, Wis.
MOSLEY: Todd, with the Cowboys having only five picks, I just don't think it's feasible to give one of them up. I do like Mike McKenzie, though. He had six interceptions his rookie season (1999) and he's started for five years for the Packers.
Q: How many true impact players are there in this draft? I know the Cowboys cannot and will not move up enough to probably get one, so will they try to trade down to stock up on second- and third-rounders?
Paul M. Karam San Antonio
MOSLEY: I keep hearing that there are 10 guys considered blue-chippers in this draft. Now that doesn't mean a guy in the fourth round couldn't have a major impact. It means that the experts have basically put the can't miss label on the top 10 guys on the board. I think the Cowboys will try to trade down in the first if running backs Steven Jackson and Kevin Jones are off the table.
Q: Who do you really think calls the shots at what person to get, Parcells or Jones ? Also, who is our first draft choice going to be?
Brett Denver, West Atlantic City, N.J.
MOSLEY: I think Bill Parcells will have significant input, but the owner has the final word. Jerry Jones will give Parcells plenty of leeway when it comes to arguing over picks, though. I just think that Jones is still the decision-maker. He might allow the public to think he's taken a backseat, but I don't believe it for a second. And regarding the first draft choice, I think the Cowboys will trade down and select Michigan's Chris Perry.
Q: What will the QB situation be in Dallas this season? Will there be open competition among Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson and Drew Henson or do the Cowboys already have a plan in mind? Do you think they would have any interest in Kurt Warner? Will the Cowboys address the following positions in the draft and, if so, who do they have in mind? I've found these positions to be the weakest: running back, offensive line, receiver, defensive end, cornerback. Also, will Bradie James gain a starting role at linebacker this season?
MOSLEY: Joseph, this is Quincy Carter's job to lose. He will be the starter in the first game as long as he remains healthy in camp. If he falters, though, don't be surprised if the Cowboys throw Drew Henson in the mix. And I don't even think Chad Hutchinson is in the race. The Cowboys will head into next year with Carter, Henson and Romo unless they bring in Vinny Testaverde. In that case, they may might carry four quarterbacks.
The Cowboys aren't going to pay for Kurt Warner. He's been in the tank for two years and he's shown no signs of playing his way out. I think the Cowboys will address running back, offensive tackle, cornerback and possibly defensive tackle in this draft.
And, yes, Bradie James has a chance to play in the 3-4 scheme that Bill Parcells wants to use this season.