We all know, judging by remarks made by owner and general manager Jerry Jones last month, that the Cowboys will avoid quarterbacks in the first round. We all know, judging by comments that surfaced last week, that the team will not, barring the unthinkable, draft Tim Tebow.
Aside from these probabilities though, to be cliche, anything could happen.
The Cowboys have done little--and said little--this offseason. Executive vice president Stephen Jones did say last month that the team will take the best player available in this week's draft, regardless of position. Then again, that was before Flozell Adams and Ken Hamlin were released, causing nagging needs to grow into glaring ones.
So it's likely that Dallas will look to find replacements for these veterans through Thursday's draft. It's equally likely, however, that if a premier receiver falls to them at the 27th overall pick, like former Biletnikoff finalist Dez Bryant, they will snatch him up and give Miles Austin, who emerged as the de facto number one last season, a fitting counterpart outside of the struggling Roy Williams.
Cowboys fans, like the team's brass, will probably spend Thursday evening, the first ever primetime draft, playing the waiting game.
The team goes into the week holding six picks--in the first, second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh rounds. They will select at the 27th spot of each round but the third, in which they'll select at 26. Just how will they spend these picks? As of now, your guess is as good as ours.