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Dallas Cowboys Mock DraftThe latest NFL draft rumors, courtesy of our guy TD’s canvass of his sources.  As usual, we’re eyeballs deep into the fibbing season.  Take off of this with the proper dose of salt. 

— Let’s begin with the pet cat.  The latest regarding Pitt DT Aaron Donald is, “everybody’s fallback in the top-10 is Aaron Donald.  I don’t see how he gets out of the top 10.”

— The Rams would like to deal out of the 2nd but would apparently take guard Greg Robinson if they can’t.

– If the Rams could move down from the 2nd spot, I’m told Donald would be their target.  Consider how nasty this line would be:  Robert Quinn and Chris Long as DEs, Michael Brockers as the 1-tech, and Donald at the 3.

— That news is disheartening for the rival Giants, who covet Donald but now don’t see how they can get him.

— The Texans would love to deal out of the 1st overall spot, but are not getting interest from anybody but the Falcons, who want Jadeveon Clowney.

— There may be more to the Texans-like- Khalil Mack story than smoke.  “Three sources says it’s 50/50 that it will be Clowney or Mack and two others said their choice is Mack.”

Sammy Watkins is another hot name, as I was told, “he won’t last past four.  If somebody doesn’t deal up for him at two, the Jags will take him at three or the Browns will take him at four.”

— The Eagles, I am told, are set on finding a king-sized receiver.  Their top choice is Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, but if he goes higher they they can move, the Eagles would then consider moving down a little and grabbing Indiana’s Cody Latimer.

— On the quarterback front, I was told Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater likely won’t land in Cleveland in the 20s, as a report earlier today hinted.  Here’s TD, “I was told by a couple of people that they didn’t think Bridgewater was a top 20 at the Combine.  I talked to two others today who said he’s not going in the 1st round,”

— On Johnny Manziel, I hear he’s not going to be chose by the Browns at four.

Mike Evans could be in play for Cleveland in the 4th spot.

— “Everyone is in love with LSU’s Odell Beckham, and the Jets would love to get him or Brandin Cooks.”

— The Broncos are willing to sacrifice mid and late round picks to trade up and get instant starters for this year’s Super Bowl push.  The player they really like in the 1st apparently is Alabama LB C.J. Mosley.

— TD is hearing that four offensive tackles could go in the top 10.  If true, that would pull Cowboys short-lister Zach Martin out of reach. He would be part of a run that includes Robinson, Jake Matthews,  and Taylor Lewan.

— The same sources say Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio, who was dinged by draftniks after failing medicals at the Combine, could be back in the 1st, as high as 19th to Miami or possibly 28th to Carolina.

— “One guy I spoke to said people are in love with LSU guard Trai Turner and he looks like a solid 2nd rounder now, possibly as high as the top-40.”

— TCU corner Jason Verrett may be dropping. There’s some apparent medical issue, though it could not be confirmed.  The sources think Verrett could fall into the 3rd-4th area now.

— “No one is buying the [Zach] Mettenberger excuses.  He could be dropping.”

More as we get it. 

Rafael Vela
Started covering Dallas Cowboys @ TheBoys.com in '95 and '96. Two more stops along the way and here I am. Senior Analyst for SportsTalkLine.com
Rafael Vela