NFC Notes: Cowboys, Pack, Lions, Cards

The Cowboys believe they got an elite prospect when they chose injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith in the second round (34th overall). In fact, the team graded Smith as a top-five prospect in this year’s draft, according to owner Jerry Jones. Said executive vice president Stephen Jones, “He may not football play this year. What he is ultimately going to be he is definitely worth our second-round pick” (Twitter links via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). Prior to tearing his ACL and LCL on Jan. 1, Smith was seen as a surefire first-rounder and a likely top-10 pick.

More from the NFC:

  • The Packers’ third-round selection of Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell should bring about the end of the Mike Neal era in Green Bay, Neal tweeted. Neal, who has spent his entire career with the Packers since they used a second-rounder on him in 2010, is still without a contract despite accumulating at least four sacks for the fourth straight season.
  • Having taken two offensive linemen and a defensive lineman during the first two days of the draft, the Lions may look to add depth at the skill positions on Saturday, GM Bob Quinn said Friday (Twitter link via Michael Rothstein of However, the best-player-available approach still figures to win out on day three, Quinn cautioned.
  • The Eagles don’t have a fourth-rounder entering the final day of the draft and executive VP Howie Roseman expects it to stay that way (Twitter link via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer). As of now, they’re scheduled to pick five times Saturday – twice in both the fifth and seventh rounds and once in the sixth.
  • Head coach Bruce Arians doesn’t expect the Cardinals to have to sign another veteran cornerback to their roster, but said the team will “wait and see” if a move is required (Twitter link via Darren Urban of

Luke Adams contributed to this post.

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5 comments on “NFC Notes: Cowboys, Pack, Lions, Cards

  1. Giants51

    Yes Jerry you did get a top five talent in Smith…… But who are your pass rushers in the first 4 games….

    • GeauxRangers

      I could see us resigning Mincey and I think James Jones (the DE) is still floating around out there and we had talks with him earlier this offseason. Still plenty of time to get some vets signed after the draft

    • CursedRangers

      What’s the chances Romo stays healthy for more than 4 games.
      Jones is a wildcat gambler. Team has so many question marks and he refuses to address them.

      • GeauxRangers

        Well Romo played 15 games the season before last so I don’t think it’s as improbably as you must think. We got a backup QB today as well. It is best not to address your needs in the draft if it prevents you from taking BPA. That’s how you end up taking Morris Claiborne 5th. Better to address needs with free agency which there is still plenty of time to do.

  2. Binnster

    Predictions Romo out again…Stubbed toe!

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