2010 NFL Draft: Possible Targets on Day Two for the Cowboys

Phil BrennanCorrespondent IApril 23, 2010

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 15:  Safety Nate Allen #5 of the University of South Florida Bulls intercepts a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats October 15, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Cowboys made a big-splash" target="_blank">Cowboys made a big-splash on the first day of the 2010 NFL Draft when they nabbed highly touted Dez Bryant with the 24th pick.

What will they do for an encore on the second day in rounds two and three?

There is still a lot of talent on the board, but yesterday's trade to acquire Bryant handcuffed them by giving them only one pick today, No. 59 overall.

One thing is for sure. Don't expect owner Jerry Jones to sit on his hands. 

Last year, the Cowboys targeted Oregon offensive lineman Max Unger in the second round, only to watch him get snatched right before their pick by the Seahawks.

If the Cowboys target a player in the early rounds expect them to pounce on him.

Although they only have five remaining picks in the draft, Dallas has been rumored to have a couple of its own players on the trading block, namely TE Martellus Bennett and DE Marcus Spears. Those players could potentially be put in a package to facilitate a trade to move-up or acquire additional picks.

Here's a look at some of the Cowboys' potential targets on Day Two.


Offensive Line

The Cowboys have a definite need to upgrade the depth across the offensive line.  Players like Indiana's Rodger Saffold and USC's Charles Brown are some of the top rated offensive tackle prospects still available. Both players carried late first round grades and are sure to be off the board quickly when round two commences. Dallas would likely have to come up with a package to move-up and secure one of these players.

If the Cowboys choose to sit at pick No. 59 they may see the physical phenom out of Maryland, Bruce Campbell , slip to them. Taking a project like Campbell at this spot is more palatable than reaching for him in the first round.

Versatile tackle John Jerry should also be available at that spot.

My pick: Univ. of Massachusetts’s Vlad Ducasse . I can't predict trades, but I can project where I think a player should go. Having said that, I think Ducasse provides the best value at No. 59 should Dallas choose to go offensive line. 

Ducasse played left tackle in college but also showed at the Senior Bowl he can play inside at guard. Ultimately, Ducasse's best position once he develops the requisite strength might be at right tackle.



It's no secret the Cowboys need free safety help. Even if the team decides to stick with Alan Ball as the starter, they still need help from a numbers standpoint for depth.

Two players come to my mind and rightfully so, Georgia Tech's Morgan Burnett and South Florida's Nate Allen . The problem is there are other teams that have needs at safety too. 

Dallas is said to be high on both players. If one of the two drop into the low 50s, look for Jones to get on the phones.

If Dallas trades its pick and moves back into round three, players like Georgia’s Reshad Jones and Vanderbilt's fast rising Myron Lewis are considerations.

My pick: Univ. of South Florida's Nate Allen. I don't think you can go wrong with either Burnett or Allen. I give Allen the nod because of some of his intangibles. He was the defensive captain at USF and also made some of the defensive calls.