After Ron Leary was able to go from practice squad to starter last year, do you see anybody making a big contribution from the practice squad this year?
Rowan: No one jumps off to me as an obvious candidate like Leary was last year. A popular name will be
David: I remember having this conversation during the final month of the season: considering all the injury and upheaval on the Cowboys’ roster last year, it seemed impressive that offensive tackle
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At what point do the Cowboys place higher value on trading down than whatever players are left at pick No. 16 or 17?
Rowan:They’re at a similar position in the draft where trading down seems like a feasible, and perhaps even likely, option. There’s no guarantee the player available to them in the middle of the first round is any better than a player they grab a few spots back if they decide to trade back. It totally depends on their draft board. If there’s a set of about eight to 10 players with similar grades when they’re set to pick, they’ll probably consider trading down. The trick is finding a trade partner willing to spend picks to come up. The Cowboys need as many early picks as possible with a lot of needs, so it’s certainly a possibility this year.
David: With the amount of talent in this draft, trading back seems like a pretty smart option. If you aren’t 100 percent in love with a player at your initial pick, by all means trade back and give your team another pick or two to work with. This draft seems deep enough that you’re still pretty likely to find a quality rookie at pick No. 25-32 as you were at No. 16 or No. 17. Turning the 18th pick into