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Mailbag: A Draft Advantage? Tackle Depth?


Since the Cowboys don't have a first-round draft pick, do they have an advantage over other teams on Day 2 and 3 draft picks? I understand the team does its due diligence on all draft players, even those rated in the first round, but was this team able to spend more time and resources (30 visits, pro days) focusing on players rated Rounds 2-4? - JOHN BUI / ORANGE, CA

Bryan: I promise I won't tell all those guys in that draft room what you just said. You never know what's going to happen in a draft until it actually gets started. You have to put the best 150 names on that board regardless if you have 2 or 12 picks. Any other plan, you're cheating yourself.

Rob: I'll defer to Bryan, who's been part of many drafts, but I don't believe there's a decided advantage. The Cowboys conceivably could spend less time on the top prospects this year, but at the same time you have to do homework on everybody because you never know what will unfold and who might still be around when you pick.


Your comments about cornerback being a sneaky draft need got me thinking. Any thoughts about adding offensive tackle depth in the draft, dependent on value? Cameron Fleming is back as a backup but I believe La'el Collins' deal is up after this season. MATTHEW K / PLANO, TX

Bryan: Thanks for listening to our show. I don't see them drafting a tackle high but could see them getting one in Day 3. I think Fleming will be the likely starter if Collins leaves after this season. They could also move Connor Williams outside if they had to.

Rob: I don't think you can rule out much in this draft, but Fleming got a two-year deal to be the primary swing tackle behind Tyron Smith and La'el Collins. It seems unlikely they would draft a prospect early enough that would have a legit chance at taking his job. It's worth noting that Collins reportedly had shoulder surgery after the season but should be back on the field in time for camp.

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