In this scenario, the Cowboys stand pat until DeCastro goes to the Cardinals. We then work a trade to pick up some ammo in the later rounds. Free Agency Released/Waived: Newman, Ball, Elam, Kitna (Retired), Brooking (Retired) Re-Signed: Spencer, Fiammetta, Robinson, James (1-Year Veteran Deal) Added: Brandon Carr, Paul Soliai (1-Year "Show Me" Deal), Evan Mathis, Jason Campbell The Draft 1. Harrison Smith, Safety, Notre Dame -- Trading down into the 20s and picking up an additional 2nd round pick, the Cowboys select Harrison Smith to take Abe Elam's spot in the defensive backfield. A smart, physical player with surprising athleticism, Smith comes in and becomes the immediate leader in the secondary, and "quarterback" of the defense. Paired with another athletic safety in Sensabaugh, our defensive backfield gets a much needed shot in the arm of athleticism and smarts. What was once a weakness is now a strength with the addition of Brandon Carr. 2a. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia -- one thing the Cowboys like to do in the 2nd round, it seems, is take a guy who otherwise would fall due to injury. Getting hurt in the Senior Bowl may or may not affect his draft stock, but here's to hoping the Cowboys don't care and draft this guy. Smart, Captain of the Bulldogs with great athleticism and versatility (played WR, RB, CB, and returned punts and kicks for Georgia), Boykin plays the slot very well and could start for many teams in the league. Provides insurance in case Mike Jenkins decides to test the free agent market, and also provides a increased value in his return skills and could even be used on offense. An all-around athlete, he is also very well-spoken, something that Garrett seems to covet. He is also the only player in SEC history with three separate plays of 100-yards or more of any kind. 2b. Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska -- people are saying that his stock is falling. No matter, we can get him late. Jared Crick is another high-character guy who might have gone higher if not for his pectoral injury. Otherwise, we need help along the defensive line, and Crick can provide that assistance as a platoon guy at DE. Collected a smorgasbord of sacks before getting hurt this past year, he knows how to get to the quarterback. 3. Alameda Ta'amu, DT/NT, Washington -- 6 foot 3 inches, and 348 pounds. He isn't going to wow you with blazing speed or a magical vertical leap, but the dude is strong and he is big. While he won't collect huge sack totals in this defense, he pushes the pocket and will command double teams, freeing up our new DE Crick as well as Jay Ratliff to do damage on the outside. With Ratliff freed up, Spencer can excel in stuffing the run like he's supposed to, and if teams make the mistake of doubling Ware, Ta'amu, and Ratliff, well, Spencer will have plenty of free shots at the QB. 4. Phillip Blake, C, Baylor -- we need a Center. I believe we will replace one Phil with a better Phil. This guy has supposedly been heavily scouted by the Cowboys. Might be the lock of the draft. With this pick, the offensive line is pretty much good to go, and finally Romo can have a consistently clean pocket to throw from. 5. James-Michael Johnson, ILB, Nevada -- another guy who is apparently being heavily looked at by the front office. JMJ will provide some of that Bradie James lunchpail style play on the inside, but with the speed and athleticism to get it done in coverage. Probably a project for the future at this point (especially with Bruce Carter hopefully becoming our very own Patrick Willis, fingers crossed), but it never hurts to have a devastating stable of Front 7 players capable of covering, running sideline to sideline, and getting after the quarterback. 6. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida Int'l -- we need a guy in the slot that's small, shifty, and quick. Hilton might also get some work in the backfield as a scat back/receiving option. Another alternate pick here could be Chris Rainey. He can also return punts and kicks...an interesting combo special teams formation would be Hilton/Bryant both waiting for a punt or kick, or Hilton/Boykin. We've had some success with the double-returner formation where one blocks and the other takes the kick, preventing the fair catch. 6.Comp. Chandler Harnish, QB, NIU -- he's got a little Romo in him. A definite project, Harnish comes in an usurps McGee as the third guy on the roster. McGee is never going to be good enough to step in for Romo in the future, and with us watching Kitna take a coaching job back home in Washington State, we need a third guy. Harnish has potential. 7. Bryan Anger, P, Cal -- just for Hos Flame it!