Let the games begin!
No, not football games. I'm talking about the eagerly anticipated NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis which is just underway at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
These games may not include touchdowns, interceptions and other highlights you see during football season. But there will be no shortage of statistics and other data accumulated and digested by Dallas Cowboys owner, general manager and emperor Jerry Jones.
This offseason has already seen plenty of changes to the Dallas coaching staff, especially on the defensive side of things.
But now comes the first look at actual players who are most likely to be selected by America´s Team early in the 2013 NFL draft in April.
There's really no such thing as an accurate draft board for any team right now simply because this weekend's combine has yet to be completed. But by early next week those boards will start to take shape prior to the free-agent signing period in March.
Don't expect glitter and glamor where the Cowboys' top priorities are concerned. This is not the draft for skill position players and, further, Dallas really isn't in the market for this category of player anyway.
This is a look at 10 players most likely to be chosen by the Cowboys whenever they happen to end up on the clock—and I'm still not sold that Dallas will not trade down to accumulate an extra pick or two and still get the difference-making soldier needed for the trenches on one side of the ball or the other.
Positions of need include offensive and defensive linemen and I'd bet money that this is the area we'll see addressed with possibly the first three Cowboy's choices in the player selection meeting in New York.
It's impossible to know either who Dallas will select and also which side of the ball they'll bolster, but one of these 10 players will wear the blue star come next season. These prospects are ranked according to both their importance to the Cowboys as well as their anticipated draft stock prior to the combine.