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Dallas Cowboys 2010 NFL Draft

What makes this year's NFL Draft different from years past is that the NFL will televise the first round prime time on April 22. And why is that important? Because Jerry Jones loves the cameras and the spotlight. And why is that important for Cowboys' fans? In years past, Jerry Jones has made it a habit to trade out of the first round to either collect more middle round picks or to acquire an established veteran like Roy E. Williams. In short, expect the Cowboys to keep the 27th pick, and possibly trade up (albeit unlikely).

In the event that the Cowboys do keep their first round pick, they will be strongly tempted to go for a free safety if they do not sign FS Gerald Sensabaugh to a contract extension. However, if they can lock Gerald down, the Cowboys would stay true to their draft philosophy of not reaching and selecting the "best player available". In this scenario look for the Cowboys to select a burner at wide receiver, someone like a DeSean Jackson.

In the middle rounds you can expect the Cowboys to stock up on some offensive linemen. Legendary offensive line Coach Hudson Houck has reunited with the Dallas Cowboys and knows a good linemen when he sees one. Houck has coached and trained some of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. Houck has found gems in future Hall of Famer Larry Allen, Erik Williams, Nate Newton, Kevin Gogan, Mark Stepnoski, and Flozell Adams who is currently their starting left tackle. Although Doug Free has excited the front office at Valley Ranch with his ability and fantastic play in the wake of the Marc Colombo injury, the Cowboys are concerned about the long term health of Flozell Adams. The Cowboys also believe that with Hudson's legendary experience and knowledge, he can find a diamond in the rough and coach up the next Larry Allen.

The Cowboys also need to get younger at inside linebacker. Keith Brooking turns 35 this year and Bradie James' play leveled off this year. The Cowboys also need to figure out what they want to do with DE Marcus Spears. Marcus Spears will want a fat long contract. However, as with Chris Canty, the Cowboys may pass and opt for a more economical replacement such as a mid round draft pick and second stringer Jason Hatcher, who has above average athletic ability.

The Cowboys may also need a place kicker to replace Nick Folk. Although the Cowboys would like to have David Buehler win the job, it is worth noting that David was not considered a very good place kicker at USC. What's more, David Buehler could not beat Nick Folk in a kick-off contest earlier in the year when Nick Folk began to experience a case of the yips. Although the Cowboys have worked out CFL Kicker Sandro DeAngelis, look for the Cowboys to take a sharp shooter between rounds 5-7. The Cowboys can also use some more wide bodies to round out their defensive line to give Jay Ratliff a breather or to slide him over to defensive end to take advantage of his superior pass-rush skills.