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Mailbag: Injury Concern Over Malik Hooker? Finding Free Agent Veterans?

BEN BROWNBRYAN, OH
The moment Malik Hooker's surgery/combine status was announced, the media claimed that he will still go in the first half of the first round. While I agree that he should, another safety or two will have the opportunity to impress at the Combine while he's idle. If he falls to us, would you be happy taking him?

Bryan: I trust doctors and I trust he will be ready to go when that day comes. I would be more than happy to have him on this squad if the Draft Gods would allow it. 

David:Hooker was widely regarded as one of the top two safeties in this draft class before we heard about these surgeries, and neither issue seems like it should affect his playing ability going forward. The Cowboys were willing to draft Jaylon Smith at No. 34, and his injuries were far more severe. If Hooker for some reason fell to No. 28, I'd absolutely draft him.

DERRICK PRINGLEMERIDIAN, MS
Why is it that other, very well run organizations can find resources for key veterans but not Dallas? Whether it's the Patriots with Revis/Moss or the Packers with Charles Woodson/Julius Peppers, other teams with franchise QB's on the roster can find a way.

Bryan:  Revis was a one-year deal. Moss was traded for. Woodson should have been signed here but Parcells told me he didn't want to coach him and Peppers was not a consideration. This team needs to keep drafting. They have players on this roster that other teams would love to have. 

David:For better or for worse, the Cowboys would prefer to build their team around youth. Sometimes it has served them well. They've avoided giving bad contracts to guys like Mario Williams. It has also bitten them, given how well Chris Long and Dwight Freeney are playing for this weekend's Super Bowl teams. Honestly, though, I would argue that the Cowboys' role players are doing just fine. Guys like Jeremy Mincey, Jack Crawford and Benson Mayowa have been solid over the past two years. It's the building block players – Morris Claiborne, Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory – who haven't shown the production. The Cowboys need to hit on their defensive draft picks, which they just haven't done often enough.

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