Cowboys ‘Landing Spot’ for ‘Shock Wave' LB In NFL Draft?

Where is the connection between the Dallas Cowboys, with the No. 10 overall pick in this month’s NFL Draft, and a linebacker named “Zaven Collins''?
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FRISCO - We still don't see it. But a lot of other media people are increasingly visualizing a connection between the Dallas Cowboys, with the No. 10 overall pick in this month’s NFL Draft, and a linebacker named “Zaven Collins.”

Are these media people talking to the Cowboys? Or just echo-chambering the information among themselves?

Sports Illustrated’s Ric Serritella was the first to connect Collins to Dallas.

At some point in the process, ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller said he got word from a scout that Dallas is one of two “landing spots” for the Tulsa product.

And then, as we reviewed in our NFL Draft Tracker, Collins was mocked to Dallas by CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso.

But this is where a red flag pops up amid the gossip.

CBS writes in its prediction, “Jerry Jones sends shockwaves through the NFL with his selection, but Collins is a do-everything linebacker who boosts the play of that unit instantly.''

This is not meant to insult the owner or to insult the author or to insult Collins, who is 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds and drawing comparisons to Brian Urlacher (and Leighton Vander Esch) after his All-American season. But whenever a national writer cites "Jerry Jones making the pick,'' or anything phrased like that, we can't help but take it as a clue that the national writer doesn't really understand how the Cowboys' draft hierarchy works.

Are you really an "expert'' on the Cowboys when you think "Jerry Jones makes the picks''?

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It seems to us that Collins will end up behind Micah Parsons and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah on the Cowboys' board (which is constructed not by Jerry but by personnel boss Will McClay) - and that's just the linebackers, so we're not even counting the options at No. 10 among cornerbacks, offensive linemen and the rest.

How will Zaven Collins leap-frog over all of them? Is it because media people are hearing the Cowboys whisper about "shockwaves''? Or is it because media people are whispering to each other about them?

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