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Cowboys Mailbag: February 29, 2012

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Joe Stocke - Exton, PA: Why not go with the guy who is considered one of the most dependable players available in the first round, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly of Boston College?

Rob: As productive as he was in college, it's hard to rationalize taking an inside linebacker with so many other needs on this roster. The Cowboys have spent second-round picks at that position in each of the last two drafts. Sean Lee and Bruce Carter better be the future there. To me, Kuechly would have to be head and shoulders the top guy left on their board. He might be best suited for a 4-3 anyway.

Josh: Drafting an inside linebacker early would nullify last year's selection of Bruce Carter. What would be the point in that? The Cowboys have so many holes to fill that they're going to have to cross their fingers that Carter will be a quality starter. After all, they had a first-round grade on him last year. Inside linebacker is a need in free agency or later on in the draft, though, because two guys isn't enough, and that's basically all the Cowboys have on the roster at this point.

Steven Rydel - Garnet Valley, PA: Isn't it time to give up on Stephen McGee? He's been on the team for three years and the Cowboys still don't trust him if Romo gets hurt. If they did, they wouldn't be looking for a veteran.

Rob: You're right, the Cowboys' inclination to acquire another veteran backup doesn't look good for McGee. It's tough to really gauge him because he has played in exactly three games (one start) in three seasons, and he does have the tools to be an NFL quarterback. I'm all for drafting developmental quarterbacks the way some teams do almost on a yearly basis, but this isn't the year with so many needs and only seven picks. I expect them to find a vet, with McGee likely the No. 3 guy again in the final year of his rookie contract. It'll play itself out over the next year.

Josh: I don't think they should give up on him by any means. What has he done in games to make you think he just can't play? It's been a slow process, but the Cowboys knew that's what they were in for when they drafted McGee, and they should stick to that plan at least until next offseason, when there will be a decision to make on his future.

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