News: Clarence E. Hill Jr.-->Cowboys focused on acquiring more draft picks

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  1. adbutcher

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    Cowboys focused on acquiring more draft picks

    By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
    Star-Telegram Staff Writer

    A major focus today for the Cowboys in the NFL Draft is to acquire more picks. They have five picks, one each in the first five rounds.

    One way they might acquire more picks is by trading disgruntled guard Larry Allen, who they hope will return a pick in the third round or higher.

    Trading down from the 22nd spot to acquire an extra pick is also a possibility.

    Running back is their biggest need. If Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones and/or Oregon State's Steven Jackson are available, look for the Cowboys to stay at No. 22. If not, look for the Cowboys to trade down.

    Other first-round possibilities for the Cowboys are Arkansas tackle Shawn Andrews, Southern California defensive end Kenechie Udeze or one of Miami's linebackers, D.J. Williams or Jonathan Vilma.

    The breakdown on needs:

    Running back: The Cowboys are eyeing Steven Jackson, Kevin Jones and possibly Michigan's Chris Perry in the first round. A player to keep an eye on in the second round is Notre Dame's Julius Jones. The need is there because Troy Hambrick has proven not to be a worthy successor to Emmitt Smith.

    Offensive line: Tackle Ryan Young and guard Andre Gurode were huge disappointments in 2003. Young was released. Shawn Andrews is at the top of the Cowboys' wish list in the first round. Miami guard/tackle Vernon Carey is a trade-down option in the second round. The Cowboys might seek a guard at some point if Allen's status remains unsettled.

    Cornerback: Three-year starter Mario Edwards left for Tampa Bay. Pete Hunter and Donald Mitchell are the top in-house candidates to play opposite left corner Terence Newman. However, Mitchell is a career nickel corner, and Hunter has been inconsistent. Keep an eye on middle-round prospects Ahmad Carroll of Arkansas and Joey Thomas of Montana State.

    Defensive tackle: The Cowboys have six defensive tackles on the roster, led by Pro Bowler La'Roi Glover. However, coach Bill Parcells wants more size on the defensive line. Oregon's Igor Olshansky (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) is an intriguing prospect who is projected as a second- or third-round selection.


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  2. jamez25

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    I want either K.Jones or S.Jackson ...if they are gone we trade down.

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