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Mailbag: Value In 2nd? Patience In Players?

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You guys had said Dallas wouldn't draft an injured/character guy at No. 58 because that's their first pick, and I agree they probably shouldn't with real needs at DT, S, WR and TE. However, it is now being reported that Jeffery Simmons from Mississippi State tore his ACL training. He was viewed by many as a top-15 pick. With all that in consideration, what do you do if he's there at 58? - JOHN MORRISON JR / ARRINGTON, VA

Bryan: We sure did say that on The Draft Show but those plans surely could change with the injury to Simmons. No question he's a top 10 talent and if he were to get to 58 he does need your consideration.

Rob: Well, Sean Lee lasted until No. 55 with an injury history in 2010. But here's my very early gut feeling nearly three months away: If Simmons is as promising as all draft observers say, I'd be surprised if he's still available when the Cowboys pick at 58. That's almost the third round. He'll probably have to 'redshirt' as a rookie, but ACL tears are pretty common and I doubt he'd scare away that many teams.

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I know traditionally the team has made a three-year rule for players to develop. I see they already have us mocked to get a tight end and a WR in the draft. Why? You have a group of tight ends that can develop into good players, just putting them in the right situation. So why do they continue to keep drafting tight ends thinking they have to get the Jason Witten every year instead of developing the players that they have? - TONY FRITZ

Bryan: If you gave me a chance to draft Jace Sternberger or Isaac Nauta to add to this current group, I am doing that all day. Sternberger or Nauta would pair nicely with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. I want as many mismatch players that I can have on this roster and those two kids are just that. 

Rob: The 'three-year rule' you mentioned is pretty common around the league. You want to see a player make a big jump by Year 3. I understand your point about developing players, but the overall depth at tight end is a bit of a question mark because Geoff Swaim is set to be a free agent. If he doesn't return, they've still got talented young players at tight end, but there's nothing wrong with adding competition if they see value in the draft. Without Witten, they did miss a consistent receiving option underneath and in the red zone for Dak Prescott last season.

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