Dallas Cowboys Twitter mailbag, Part 1

IRVING, Texas – Part 1 of the Dallas Cowboys’ Twitter mailbag is ready.

In it we discuss:

Away we go:

@toddarcher: As of today, I think Dez Bryant will play the 2015 season on the franchise tag. I'm well aware of all of the talk out there regarding Bryant over the last week, including a 2011 police report that NFL.com reported on Thursday, but Jerry Jones said there are no off-field issues pertaining to any player that would prevent the Cowboys from a new contract. That being said, there haven't been any real negotiations lately, so the tag is the best bet right now. Once he is tagged, then the Cowboys would have until July 15 to sign him to a long-term deal. Maybe that would get both sides on the phone to talk about a new deal but the Monday deadline to use the tag has not put any giddy-up in the talks.

@toddarcher: Who says they aren't looking at a defensive back at No. 27? It's quite possible they go that route. But I would caution you with the term "defensive back." Unless it's Landon Collins, I don't see another safety worth a first-round pick at this point. Cornerback is a real possibility, however, because of all the things they don't have at the position: quality and depth. Brandon Carr's status is up in the air. Morris Claiborne's health is in question. They might not tender Sterling Moore a contract. Orlando Scandrick is the only given. They like Tyler Patmon, but he's viewed more as a sub-package corner than a potential starter in the future. The problem at No. 27 is that the top corners will be gone by then, too. Somehow, the Cowboys need to get a quality corner early in the draft.

@toddarcher: As a general rule when it comes to Jerry Jones and the draft, I would say never say never to anything. But you're asking about what I potentially see and I just don't see it. It costs too much. The Cowboys have said over and over that they want to build a team the right way and they're not one player away. They would have to give up way too much to get into the top 10 to select a pass rusher. I don't see them moving up inside the top 20, either. But if a player they covet is there at Nos 23, 24, 25, then I can see them making a flip to get up there. Like free agency, I don't see the Cowboys making any drastic moves in the draft.

@toddarcher: Before the revelation of McClain's impending four-game fine for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, I didn't know how the Cowboys or any team could come up with the right salary number for the linebacker. It was tricky before the fine and it will be trickier now because one more failed test results in a four-game suspension. That said, I believe the Cowboys have the best chance to keep him, based on the relationships he developed with Jason Garrett, Rod Marinelli and Matt Eberflus in 2014. He has people in place that are in his corner. If he had to go to another team, he would be starting all over again.

@toddarcher: Honestly, I don't. Finding a starter in the later rounds is next to impossible. And I don't see the Cowboys using an early pick on a quarterback until the Tony Romo era ends. But you brought up an interesting name and it's not Bryce Petty, though I do like him. It's Sean Mannion. Who was his offensive coordinator last year at Oregon State? Former Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett, Jason's older brother. The Cowboys will know everything they need to know about Mannion because of that. I'm not going to pretend to know when Mannion should be drafted, but if it gets to the third day and he's there, maybe the Cowboys take a chance.