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Rob Rang
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Rob Rang

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Strong draft hurts T.O.

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The 2009 draft is particularly strong at offensive tackle and outside linebacker, but an underrated percentage of this year's talent lies at wide receiver. The group is strong enough, in fact, that even fewer teams than expected might be interested in the enigmatic Owens.

Zero receivers were drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft, but I've been told by front office executives throughout the league that there could be as many as seven wide receivers go in the initial frame of this year's draft. Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech), Jeremy Maclin (Missouri), Percy Harvin (Florida), Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland) appear to be virtual locks, at this point, to be among the first 32 picks. Others who could sneak into the first round include North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks, Rutgers' Kenny Britt and Ohio State's Brian Robiskie.

While few, if any, of the rookie receivers can hope to make the immediate impact Terrell Owens could make, few too will come with Owens' financial or chemistry risk either.

Owens, for all of his talents, could be left twisting in the wind until after the draft, when a team, unable to land the rookie of their choice, is left to look back over the remaining free agents available.

By Rob Rang  |  March 5, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Draft Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Hey TO I hear the Toronto Argonauts are looking for help.

Posted by: yankeeontario | March 6, 2009 10:08 AM

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