9:43 PM EDT, Fri April 28, 2017
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Twitter likes the Cowboys second round pick of Chidobe Awuzie... but loves Drew Pearson

Twitter likes the Cowboys second round pick of Chidobe Awuzie... but loves Drew Pearson

The Dallas Cowboys selected Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie with the 60th overall pick, addressing a need in the secondary. Twitter seemed to like that selectionThe pick of Awuzie wasn't the only thing that lit up Twitter... The original 88, Drew Pearson, took center stage in announcing the pick.
11 mins ago
Ex-Cowboy Drew Pearson trolls Eagles fans in epic rant announcing draft pick

Ex-Cowboy Drew Pearson trolls Eagles fans in epic rant announcing draft pick

Former Cowboys received Drew Pearson announced the Cowboys' second round pick of the NFL Draft in epic fashion in Philadelphia.He trolled the Eagles fans while they booed incessantly. Pearson came to the podium and said, "How 'bout them Cowboys?" The crowd: "Booooooo!Pearson: "Thank you Eagle fans for allowing me to have a career in the NFL. Thank you."Pearson: "I am honored as an undrafted free agent to be selected to make the Cowboys's second round draft pick and on behalf of the five-time World Champion Dallas Cowboys, Hall of Fame owner Jerry Jones, Gene Jones and the Jones family, Jason...
25 mins ago
Cowboys have market cornered: select Colorado's Chidobe Awuzie in Round 2

Cowboys have market cornered: select Colorado's Chidobe Awuzie in Round 2

The Dallas Cowboys selected cornerback Chidobe Awuzie out of Colorado with their pick in the second round of the NFL Draft on Thursday.Once Taco Charlton was in the fold, the Cowboys explained their first-round selection by saying they went with an edge rusher at No. 28 because it's their belief a quality corner will be available when they pick near the end of the second round. It was a bold declaration when you consider 27 teams will have a chance to draft before the Cowboys are scheduled to pick at No. 60. But they got their wish.From NFL.com's profile:NFL COMPARISON Prince Amukamara BOTTOM...
2 hours ago
Taco Charlton and Ezekiel Elliott went to rival schools, but now hoping to win championships together

Taco Charlton and Ezekiel Elliott went to rival schools, but now hoping to win championships together

FRISCO -- Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, Taco Charlton was a die-hard Ohio State fan.His father said Friday that despite 116 tackles, 19 sacks and 25 tackles for loss his senior year of high school, Ohio State never offered him a scholarship."It was one of the hardest things because we've been Ohio State fans all our lives," Charlton's father, Norm, said. "And then you go [to Michigan] and say you're going to commit? It was hard. For two weeks it kind of bothered me, but after that we got over it, knowing that they didn't show no love."During Charlton's four seasons at Michigan, Ohio State won...
3 hours ago
NFL Draft Live updates: Will Cowboys find defensive gems in Rounds 2-3?

NFL Draft Live updates: Will Cowboys find defensive gems in Rounds 2-3?

The Dallas Morning News has more than 10 journalists in the field to cover the NFL Draft and the Dallas Cowboys' picks. Check out live updates: Start times (CT)Friday, April 28, Round 2-3: Starts at 6 p.m.Saturday, April 29, Round 4-7: Starts at 11 a.m.Every Cowboys pickRound 1: Taco Beuno! Why Cowboys had to take Taco, despite not giving him first-round gradeIs Taco Charlton too slow to excel with the Cowboys?How Taco can give Cowboys Super Bowl potentialTaco bueno! Cowboys select Michigan defensive end Taco CharltonPhotos: Take a look at Cowboys first-round pick Taco Charlton during his...
3 hours ago
Taco Charlton had Dallas Cowboys bed sheets, lamp, locker as a kid; parents still have it all

Taco Charlton had Dallas Cowboys bed sheets, lamp, locker as a kid; parents still have it all

FRISCO -- Taco Charlton wouldn't exactly say he grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan, but his current NFL team was clearly a favorite in his home.The Cowboys' newest first round pick said Friday that he had Cowboys sheets on his bed. To this day, he still has them."My dad was a Cowboys fan and tried to make me one since I was a little kid," Charlton said. "I had a Cowboys bed set. I had a Cowboys locker as a kid, everything. My dad grew up a Cowboys fan and tried to make me the same way. I actually still have all that stuff."Charlton said growing up in a college town like Columbus, he wasn't a big...
3 hours ago
Will Cowboys move up in 2nd round to get their man? Don't count on it.

Will Cowboys move up in 2nd round to get their man? Don't count on it.

Once Taco Charlton was in the fold, the Cowboys explained their first round selection by saying they went with an edge rusher at No. 28 because it's their belief a quality corner will be available when they pick near the end of tonight's second round.It was a bold declaration when you consider 27 teams will have a chance to draft before the Cowboys are scheduled to pick at No. 60.But what happens if there's an early run at corner? Would the Cowboys be willing to give up a pick down the line to move up two to four spots if one of the last corners on that talent plateau was about to go off the...
4 hours ago
Mosley: Here's what Dallas needs to do during the second night of the NFL draft

Mosley: Here's what Dallas needs to do during the second night of the NFL draft

Matt Mosley, contributor to SportsDayDFW.com and columnist for Texas Monthly, answered your questions during a recent live chat. Here are some highlights: What does Dallas need to do in Rounds 2 and 3 today?Mosley: You have to start working on this secondary. You lost four members with Mo, Carr, Church and JJ. I'd look for a CB and a safety. Heck, I'd take two CBs. If there's a talented TE out there, you might think about that at some point. But Day 2 needs to be continue to be about the defense. Nolan Carroll isn't any sort of long-term answer. You need long-term answers today. Should be...
5 hours ago
The Detroit Lions' first-round draft pick confesses: 'I'm a huge Cowboys fan'

The Detroit Lions' first-round draft pick confesses: 'I'm a huge Cowboys fan'

Not all NFL prospects can have the draft dominoes fall the way they did for Dak Prescott.Prescott, of course, was one of the Cowboys' two fourth-round choices in the 2016 draft, landing in Dallas after seven quarterbacks came off the board before him. The rest is history.But while he may have preferred a shorter wait on draft weekend, Prescott did at least land with the team he grew up rooting for. So many others do not (not that it should matter).Jarrad Davis is now among them.The Florida linebacker was taken by the Detroit Lions on Thursday night, 21st overall. He was introduced to the...
6 hours ago
Cowboys draft pick Taco Charlton may have already been offered the best rookie signing bonus ever

Cowboys draft pick Taco Charlton may have already been offered the best rookie signing bonus ever

In the first round of Thursday's NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys filled a very important need by selecting Michigan edge rusher Taco Charlton.Shortly after the selection, Fuzzy's Taco Shop - a North Texas restaurant chain - offered the newest Cowboy something that, given his nickname, only makes all the sense in the world.Vidauntae Charlton was given the nickname 'Taco' by his mother and grandmother, and during the draft, ESPN's Trey Wingo said that the lineman actually hated the nickname and 'he wouldn't eat tacos until he got to college.'But from the looks of things, it appears as though he...
6 hours ago
Follow live as Dallas Cowboys introduce first-round pick Taco Charlton

Follow live as Dallas Cowboys introduce first-round pick Taco Charlton

On Thursday's Day 1 of the 2017 NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton with the 28th overall pick. Follow along as the club introduces its newest member at The Star in Frisco at 3 p.m. The draft resumes Friday evening with Rounds 2 and 3.Live updates
6 hours ago
Massive TV rights fees are just part of what led to the latest round of ESPN job cuts

Massive TV rights fees are just part of what led to the latest round of ESPN job cuts

For years I have questioned ESPN's annual exorbitant payout to the NFL. Currently in the midst of an eight-year deal, ESPN pays the NFL $1.9 billion a year for Monday Night Football and the right to label ancillary programming "NFL."For years, ESPN folks have told me that I don't understand the payout to the cable network's overall revenue stream.Here's what I do understand: Have you checked the MNF schedule in recent years? It's an afterthought.And ESPN got rid of 100 employees this week.Note: NBC has the sweetest NFL deal. It pays $950 million a year for a golden schedule that includes...
6 hours ago
NFL draft television rating sees major drop in Dallas-Fort Worth market

NFL draft television rating sees major drop in Dallas-Fort Worth market

First-round NFL Draft ratings plummeted in Dallas-Fort Worth. But it's not really a surprise. The Cowboys drop from the fourth pick overall to No. 28 has to be the most likely reason.D-FW scored a 4.4 for ESPN and a 1.3 for NFL Network on Thursday night. In 2016, ESPN pulled a 5.5 and NFLN earned a 2.7.Nationally, the 56-major market rating for ESPN was a 4.8, up a smidge from 2016's 4.7. Over at NFL, the rating was up to a 1.8 from last year's 1.6.For the fourth consecutive year, Cleveland, which finished with three first-round picks, was the No. 1-rated ESPN market with a hefty 12.6 rating....
7 hours ago
National grades: Cowboys should be 'really, really nervous' about drafting Taco Charlton

National grades: Cowboys should be 'really, really nervous' about drafting Taco Charlton

Dak. Zeke. Taco?On Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys selected Michigan's Taco Charlton No. 28 overall in the NFL draft.It is yet to be seen if Charlton will be the 'war daddy' Jerry Jones desires, but here's what writers across the country thought of the Cowboys' first round pick...Mike Tanier, Bleacher ReportTanier: Coaches and scouts know more than I do, of course. But I have been watching [teams] draft Barkevious Mingo, Jarvis Jones, Vernon Gholston, Aaron Maybin and Dion Jordan types for a long time, and Charlton makes me really, really nervous.Anyway, Charlton fills two Cowboys needs:...
8 hours ago
Why didn't the Cowboys draft T.J. Watt? Stephen Jones provides the answer

Why didn't the Cowboys draft T.J. Watt? Stephen Jones provides the answer

Many believe T.J. Watt was the best pass rusher available when the Cowboys were on the clock Thursday night.They decided Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton was a better fit than the outside linebacker from Wisconsin.Why?"I would not bet against T.J. Watt," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Friday morning on 105.3 The Fan's G-Bag Nation show [KRLD-FM]. "Everything about him is plus, plus, plus. The toughest thing for him with us is just there are some risks there because you don't see it on tape as much of him putting his hand in the ground."Whenever we're grading players,...