McSurdy Called One Of Draft's Best Values

If it's wrong to crucify teams for drafting players with whom we aren't familiar - and come on, it is - then there's also something suspect in labeling any seventh-round pick a great value.

After all, just about every team is picking guys at the very tip-top of their respective draft boards throughout the weekend, so they all feel they got value with every pick. It's in the eye of the beholder.

Anyway, we're bound to pass on good news and good views here, so it's worth mentioning that over on the mother ship, former league executive Michael Lombardi ranks the Cowboys' own seventh-rounder one of the draft's best value picks.

Montana inside linebacker Caleb McSurdy was selected at spot No. 222 overall. Here's what Lombardi (no relation) had to say:

*"McSurdy might never start for Dallas, but he is capable of being a core special-teams member and playing a role in the Cowboys' sub defense. He is smart, tough and willing, which makes him a real value in the seventh round."

*The Cowboys are most likely to keep four inside linebackers. Three of the jobs are spoken for by Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and Dan Connor, but the fourth is wide open.

McSurdy's stiffest competition will come from former Oklahoma State linebacker Orie Lemon, who spent all of last year on the Cowboys' practice squad.

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