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April 22, 2010

JUST CHILL: Thomas rumors, Spears trade talk and other draft day tidbits

Clarence Hill 

The Cowboys like Earl Thomas. They like him a lot. But the rumors about the Cowboys trading up with the Dolphins or some other team to get Thomas are just that right now.

Moving from 27 to 12 where the Dolphins sit is a mighty rich proposition - one that will likely cost the Cowboys their second- and third-round picks. That's not likely.

If he slips further, then it becomes more of a possibility.

Keep in mind that that Cowboys covet receiver Dez Bryant, guard-center Maurkice Pouncey and guard Mike Iupati as well.

The talk about the Dolphins has more to do with Jerry Jones' relationship with Bill Parcells, understanding the two have no problem doing business together, despite Jones' regrettable words in a Florida bar.

That is where the talk about them trading defensive end Marcus Spears to Miami is coming from as well. It is known that Parcells likes Spears. Heck, he would have taken Spears over DeMarcus Ware if Jones hadn't intervened.

The problem is how much do you give up for Spears. The Cowboys aren't letting him go for free. I was told that it will take more than a fourth-round pick to get Spears. It certainly won't be like the Rams sending former first-round pick defensive tackle Adam Carriker to the Redskins for a box of peanuts.

While Spears hasn't lived up to his hype as a first round pick, he has value to the Cowboys because he is a starter and a big part of what they do on defense.

If the Cowboys stand pat at No. 27, that brings a player like cornerback Devin McCourty into play.

McCourty is ranked higher than safeties like Nate Allen, Morgan Burnett and Taylor Mays and will be a bigger priority if he's there on the board.

According to a Cowboys source, Allen, Burnett and Mays are all ranked about the same. They would be happy with any of them and it could happen with a trade down.


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