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Mailbag: When Would A Drafted QB Start In Dallas?

Posted Feb 13, 2013

If the Cowboys agree with Troy Aikman and draft our future QB, when would he actually play if Romo signs an extension?
Rowan: Romo’s been in the league 10 years now and has started seven. He probably has at least a few solid years left. Drafting a future quarterback at this point would mean developing someone behind Romo and implanting him probably in about three or four years, depending on how the next couple seasons go.
Nick: I’m not sure Aikman said they need to draft the guy to play right now. I think he’s thinking it might be time to draft a guy with potential who could learn the game and sit for a while. Remember Romo didn’t take a snap until midway into his fourth season. That might be a little extreme but I think you can draft a young guy AND sign Romo to an extension.
I know they've been targeting high character guys, and I agree, but if Tyrann Mathieu could fall into their lap say in the 2nd or 3rd round, do you take the chance on him?

Rowan:I’d actually be surprised if he went that high. I got to watch his skills on full display for multiple years, and his abilities as a playmaker are uncanny and remarkable. I’ve never seen a defensive back be able to take the ball away with such ease. But his coverage abilities could use some work, he’s been out of football for a year now
and the Honey Badger’s off the field issues have been well documented. I see him more as a mid-round selection, but I doubt it’s to the Cowboys.
Nick: Would I take a chance on him? Yes, I would. Would the Cowboys? Probably not. But I would because I’ve seen the clips of him and his skills are unreal. I seriously think he’s more of an offensive player because he gets the ball in his hands so often, I think he’d be a pretty good slot receiver if he could run decent routes. I just think he’s got the skills for a receiver. But wherever he plays, he’ll be good as long as he stays committed and focused.
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