McShay believes Cowboys should draft QB

During a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, ESPN draft expert Todd McShay said the time is right for the Dallas Cowboys to draft a quarterback.

Not in the first round, mind you, but somewhere among the 11 picks.

"I think it's a good year to do it, I really do," McShay said. "It kind of depends on how things go. Right now, it's getting a little bit crazy with all the speculation. I know quarterbacks always get bumped up the list, but we'll see how it really goes on draft day."

McShay said the Cowboys could be a wild card regarding Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, should he fall in the first round. But he also said Manziel should be selected no later than No. 5.

The Cowboys pick No. 16 overall.

"With Dallas, you pick at 47 (in the second round), who knows how they rank (the quarterbacks). But if one guy falls, if they're in love with Tom Savage and he's there at 47, then I can understand pulling the trigger. If you're going to use that pick then you really got to believe that he's the guy you're going to develop to be the heir apparent."

On Monday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the franchise hasn't finalized its draft board or quarterbacks just yet.

McShay added if the Cowboys didn't draft a quarterback in the second round, it's not a major deal because of the quality of players at the position.

"If not (in the second round), then I think you wait until probably 78 or the worst case 119," he said. "You still got a chance to get (Aaron Murray from Georgia, Zach Mettenberger from LSU, AJ McCarron from Alabama, Logan Thomas from Virginia Tech or David Fales from San Jose State)."

The Cowboys also have needs along the defensive line and secondary.

In their mock drafts, Mel Kiper and McShay project the Cowboys take safety Calvin Prior from Louisville.