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Drew Pearson, Bradie James to announce Cowboys’ draft picks

The Dallas Cowboys will have a pair of former players announce their draft picks on Friday night.

The NFL released a list of special guests who would announce picks for respective teams, and the Cowboys went with former wide receiver Drew Pearson to deliver their second-round pick and former linebacker Bradie James to announce the third-round selection.

The NFL draft begins on Thursday night with the first-round. The Cowboys have the 28th overall pick. On Friday, the Cowboys have the 60th overall pick in the second round and the 92nd overall pick in the third round. Rounds 4-7 will be completed on Saturday.

Pearson, a member of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, spent his entire 11-year career with the Cowboys. He finished with 489 receptions for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl three times, was on the 1977 Super Bowl-winning team and was the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 1980.

James spent nine of his 10 professional seasons with the Cowboys, forcing 10 fumbles and recording 15.5 sacks in 142 games (111 starts). He was the Cowboys’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 2011.

Punter signs

The Cowboys signed punter Sam Irwin-Hill on Wednesday.

Irwin-Hill has no previous NFL experience, but played in 25 career games in two seasons (2013-14) at Arkansas.

As a senior, the Bendingo, Australia, native averaged 40.1 yards per punt, and as a junior led the SEC with 20 punts inside the 20-yard line and his 44.3 yards-per-punt average was third in the conference.

Party time

The Cowboys will be hosting three days of draft parties at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.

The first round is Thursday. Rounds two and three are Friday. Rounds four through seven are Saturday.

The draft parties begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, with activities on the Tostitos Championship Plaza. At 6 p.m., Ford Center opens with coverage of the first round.

On the second day, the events begin at 5 p.m. on the plaza. The Ford Center doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be a roundtable hosted by Brad Sham with this year’s first-round pick along with other players.

On the final day of the draft, there will be the inaugural 5K with pre-race activities at 9 a.m. and the race set to begin at 10 a.m.

The Ford Center will open at 10 a.m. for the final four rounds.

Admission and parking to all events, excluding the Dallas Cowboys Draft Day 5K, is free.

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