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McShay: Dallas Could Target DT Dontari Poe

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Dallas's free agent haul might free them up to look at other positions in the first round



    Like his associate Mel Kiper, ESPN’s Todd McShay doesn’t believe the Cowboys’ free agent haul last week--which included cornerback Brandon Carr and safety Brodney Pool--necessarily means that the team will look past the secondary in the 2012 draft. But McShay believes the signings gives the team freedom to look elsewhere if they’re so inclined.

    "I love when teams are able to fill their voids with proven commodities and veterans in the NFL and then go to the draft and be able to sit back and ... are not forced to pick those certain positions," McShay said on an ESPN Podcast, via the Dallas Morning News.

    "They could still draft a corner," McShay continued. "They're not in love with what they have necessarily. They could still draft Mark Barron, the safety out of Alabama who health is not supposed to be an issue, even though he's had sports hernia surgery. But he's supposed to be 100 percent for this upcoming season and it's not supposed to have any long term affects on him.”

    With the Carr and Pool signings, McShay went on to say that Dallas is in position to possibly land DT Dontari Poe, who may have been the most impressive athlete at the NFL Combine this year,

    "Or they could simply sit back and just take the best player available. Maybe it's another pass rusher, which they don't necessarily need, but okay. Maybe it's Dontari Poe, a guy that needs time to develop but could realistically play defensive end or nose tackle in that 3-4 scheme."

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