Most mock drafts and prognosticators have the Cowboys selecting a cornerback in the first round, but almost all of these (that we've seen, at least) suggest that the cornerback in question to be Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara, who may fall to the team as the consensus second best corner in this year’s class.
But according to a report on the TFY Draft Insider website, the Dallas Cowboys are considering trading up from the ninth overall pick in order to land LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, who ranks at the top of Dallas’ draft board, as well as almost all pre-draft rankings of the 2011 class of defensive backs.
Additionally, the report says that—according to unnamed sources—some members of the Cowboys’ front office are interested in getting rid of veteran corner and former first round pick Terence Newman.
“Speaking of Peterson, we posted on Tuesday he ranks atop the draft board of the Dallas Cowboys, which should come as no surprise to anyone as we reported from the Senior Bowl in late January he was the teams number one target,” the report states. “In Indianapolis came word that certain factions of the Cowboys front office feel the franchise should rid themselves of former number one pick Terence Newman, who’ll be 31-years old this season and is a player whose skills have diminished.”
According to the report, if Dallas is unable to trade up to get Peterson, they will likely address the offensive or defensive line with the ninth selection in the draft.
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