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Mailbag: Thoughts On Drafting Charles Harris? Improvement In Secondary?

GARY DAVISFRESNO, CA
Every week or so when the mock drafts come out at least one seems to have Charles Harris going to the Cowboys at No. 28, but I've heard almost nothing about him except in passing on your podcasts over the last couple weeks, good or bad. Should I be encouraged or dissuaded if he's the pick at 28?

Bryan: I wouldn't say disappointed, because he's projected as a top 15 selection depending on who you believe. There is some pass rush ability and could give you something as an edge rusher. That's right where I'd take him at 28. 

David:Harris is interesting, because he has long been in the conversation to be the Cowboys' pick. But over the last few weeks, there's been conversation that his stock will climb high enough to have him go far before the Cowboys' pick. Harris' game isn't perfect, but considering this team is picking at the very end of the round, I think fans should be encouraged if he's the pick. He could help right away.

JERRY SNIDERBEAUMONT, TX
With all the departures on defense and Byron Jones and Orlando Scandrick being the only starters from the past few seasons left in the secondary -- more so with Jones -- but is there an increased pressure for both of them to improve as playmakers? Jones played well last year but I would imagine more is expected from him going forward.

Bryan: The guy they need more from is Cedric Thornton to be honest. I didn't have a problem with Byron Jones when you look at his whole body of work. Thornton gave them very little. 

David:Byron has been solid in both of his first two seasons, but I think it's fair to say he could do a little more. You'd like to have more than one interception from your first-round pick at safety. At this point in his career, you know what you're getting from Orlando Scandrick. I think Byron still has room to improve. Hopefully the Cowboys will add some talent this weekend that gives him more room to succeed.

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