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News: ESPN: Cowboys roll dice on former first-rounders

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    Cowboys roll dice on former first-rounders
    July, 24, 2014
    Jul 24
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    By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com


    OXNARD, Calif. – The Dallas Cowboys acquired three additional first-round picks this offseason, giving up a grand total of a conditional sixth-rounder to do it.

    Of course, those first-round picks were all used years ago and arrived at Valley Ranch with some warts.

    There are reasons that the 10th overall pick in the 2007 draft, eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft and 22nd overall pick in the 2012 draft were willing to sign deals with the Cowboys that featured six-figure salaries and little or no guaranteed money. The careers of defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, linebacker Rolando McClain and quarterback Brandon Weeden have not progressed as projected when they were coming out of college.

    "These are low-risk decisions that we’ve made," coach Jason Garrett said. "They have talent. We evaluated them coming out of school. We liked them. We evaluated them in the NFL. We liked them. We wanted to give them a chance. As long as the price is right, these are good decisions to make as an organization to give guys a chance...
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    In fact, the Cowboys actually had a fourth former first-rounder at the Oxnard practice facility Thursday.

    Although the club visited with recently-cut pass-rusher Larry English, the pass rusher who was recently waived by the Chargers, left the Cowboys’ training camp without signing.

    The Cowboys were likely just doing their due diligence in visiting with English, who was able to drive up from the San Diego area.

    English has had his share of health issues, which led to his released by the Chargers. He suffered a torn biceps injury last season in November and recently underwent a knee scope. English is likely a couple of weeks away from being able to pass a physical...


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