NFL Draft Open Thread

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The Dallas Morning News breaks down the draftees from Texas.

Lots of first rounders from the Big 12...

Will Sergio Kindle be the first to hear his name?

Sergio Kindle really doesn't look at mock NFL drafts, and he's continually telling his dad to quit giving him daily updates.

"The draft is a crazy deal," Kindle marveled during a telephone interview last week. "You just got to sit back and watch it."

There are rumors that Kindle suffers from narcolepsy.

Several sources said Kindle also suffers from narcolepsy, a disorder in which he would fall asleep in meetings and Longhorn coaches wondered what was wrong with him. He takes medication that has controlled the narcolepsy and an attention-deficit issue.

"At the end of the day, unless they're extremely talented, guys like that tend to bust," another AFC personnel man said. "Because they don't have inside what it takes to be successful. Not the greatest kid in the world."

Jordan Shipley is ready to prove he can compete at the next level.

"I think the main thing for me ... It's going to be about playing football. That's what I do," Shipley said. "That's what I'm here for. That's what I love. That's why I'm in my element out here catching the ball. The main thing for me is going to be actually playing the game, watching film and all that."

Shipley is versatile.

The Cowboys, generally speaking, like their wide receivers to be a little bigger and sturdier. But it's hard to ignore Shipley's numbers: 248 catches, 3,191 yards, 33 touchdowns. He can also return punts and kicks, and that is a need the Cowboys have to fill as well.

And Shipley could also fill another hole the Cowboys have to fill: holder.

He served as the Longhorns holder on PATs and field goals. Some other people might know this better than I, but I think he was flawless there.

Colt McCoy has been compared to some of the NFL greats.

"I just left the Browns and Coach Holmgren kind of compared me to Steve Young and Joe Montana and just said that I have the intangibles that they had at this point in their career when they were coming out of college," McCoy said. "[Holmgren] expects me to be just like they were. I think that is a good comparison and obviously people would compare me to Drew Brees a little bit. I think because of our height.

"I know how hard I prepare and nobody is going to work harder than me or be more prepared going into a game than I am, and I expect to do exactly what I did in college, and that is come in there and win games. I know that it is going to be different. I know that it is going to be a transition, but I am going to work my tail off and earn the respect of my teammates and coaches and go to work."

Could Earl Thomas end up in Dallas?

Two Cowboys insiders downplayed a report out of San Francisco on Wednesday that the team was in talks with the 49ers about moving up to take University of Texas safety Earl Thomas. The 49ers hold the 13th and 17th picks in the first round.

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