NFC Notes: Cowboys, Rams, Redskins


Lance Zierlein of takes a look at some draft candidates for the Cowboys as look to replace Dez Bryant.

  • In round one, Zierlein suggests Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, SMU’s Courtland Sutton and Maryland’s D.J. Moore as options for the Cowboys at No. 19 overall.
  • If Dallas waits until round two, Zierlein suggests LSU’s D.J. Chark or Oklahoma State’s James Washington.
  • A wildcard option, according to Zierlein, could be Florida’s Antonio Callaway.


New Rams CB Aqib Talib explained that with him being in the latter half of his career, he wanted to be in a comfortable situation and playing for DC Wade Phillips was a big part of that.

“Well, I’m in the latter half of my career, and I just wanted to be comfortable,” Talib said, via “Wherever I went, I wanted to be comfortable and there was no time in the NFL where I was more comfortable playing football than with Wade Phillips. He’s like a guru at putting guys in position to succeed. So if I was going to go somewhere I wanted to be comfortable, and I’m definitely comfortable here in L.A.”

“Man, I’m very excited just to be in L.A., the weather, just to be back with coach Wade and be with a nice team like this,” Talib added. “This a great team, a great organization. So a competitive team to be a part of a competitive team and make this run towards the Super Bowl is a blessing.”

  • According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, the Rams could still consider drafting a defensive lineman with their first pick at No. 87 overall, despite recently signing DT Ndamukong Suh.
  • The Rams are bringing in Ohio State LB Jerome Baker for an official visit. (Tony Pauline)


  • Rich Tandler of NBC Washington writes that the Redskins are one of only a few teams with a starting defensive tackle job available.
  • Washington has shown interest in DT Johnathan Hankins, who is clearly waiting for the right deal to surface like it did last year from the Colts, but Tandler says that the bottom could fall out of Hankins’ market following this year’s draft.
  • We have Hankins featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.
  • One position to watch for the Redskins, according to Tandler, is wide receiver. As of now, Washington has six receivers on their roster, but they’ll want to carry around 12 once OTAs are underway, so it’s possible we’ll see some receiver signings from the Redskins in the coming weeks.

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