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Former Scout Weighs In

The name Gil Brandt is very familiar to Cowboys fans. Brandt was the Cowboys’ head scout for their first 29 years in existence. Since he left the organization Brandt has since become an analyst for the NFL. There are few people who have Brandt’s level of knowledge when it comes the draft and college players. Naturally, when Brandt says something, the Cowboys typically take notice.

A few weeks ago, Brandt made his thoughts known about Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara. Saying that he didn’t believe he was an “elite prospect” and the Cowboys should move in another direction with the ninth overall pick in April’s draft. Until Brandt’s comments came out Amukamara was slotted in many mock drafts as the Cowboys selection in the first round.

Well, Brandt was speaking again and he thinks the Cowboys shouldn’t take a defensive back at no. 9, they should be taking someone at a crucial position of need. Brandt believes that should be along the offensive line or defensive line.

“I think that the Cowboys should take an offensive or defensive lineman,” Brandt said. “You get better value in second and third rounds with defensive backs. Prince is talented but get a lineman. In the 2nd round you can get a corner with more value.”

It seems like most people have the Cowboys taking Tyron Smith, an offensive tackle out of USC. The knock on him is his experience. Another popular option is also Boston College’s OT Anthony Castonzo. While we don’t know which direction Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones will go, we do know that the offensive and defensive lines need to be addressed in this offseason.

We also know, when Gil Brandt speaks, the Cowboys typically listen.


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