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Quarterbacks will draw most of Cowboys’ attention at Senior Bowl

Dallas Cowboys coaches will get a close look at North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz at the Senior Bowl workouts this week.
Dallas Cowboys coaches will get a close look at North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz at the Senior Bowl workouts this week. AP

The staffs of the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars are in Mobile, Ala., this week coaching the Senior Bowl.

The game will be Saturday at Ladd-Peeples Stadium at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on NFL Network.

The Cowboys will coach the North team and the Jaguars will lead the South.

Here are five things to watch for:

Quarterbacks

There is no question the Cowboys will have their eyes on the quarterbacks throughout the off-season, looking to upgrade after going 1-11 without Tony Romo as the starter last season. North Dakota State product Carson Wentz is going to generate plenty of buzz as the top quarterback at the Senior Bowl, and he’ll have a firsthand opportunity to impress the Cowboys’ coaching staff on the North roster. Some feel Wentz could shoot up the draft boards, but that remains to be seen. Other quarterbacks on the North roster include USC’s Cody Kessler, Stanford’s Kevin Hogan and Louisiana Tech’s Jeff Driskel, who started his college career at Florida.

Running backs

Darren McFadden resurrected his career, gaining more than 1,000 rushing yards for the second time in his career and being the league’s fourth-best rusher. But the Cowboys still need depth and talent at that position, and could find good value in the middle rounds. They’ll be coaching Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon, a projected second-rounder, as well as San Jose State’s Tyler Ervin. TCU’s Aaron Green is on the South roster.

Wild cards

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller made a fairly seamless transition from quarterback to receiver last year, and is looking to showcase his abilities. Miller is an intriguing prospect given his game-changing speed, and it should be interesting to see what he does this week in Mobile working with the Cowboys’ coaching staff. Another South player to watch is Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence, whose drug issues derailed his career at Ohio State. Spence has first-round talent, and the Cowboys haven’t shied away from gambling on risky prospects in recent years should he fall in the draft.

Defensive tackles

Nick Hayden is set for free agency, and the Cowboys could use the draft to upgrade their nose tackle position. There are several quality defensive linemen in the Senior Bowl, including first-round talents such as Alabama’s Jarran Reed, Louisville’s Sheldon Rankins and Penn State’s Austin Johnson. Johnson is the only of those three on the North roster, and there are other mid-round prospects such as Ohio State’s Adolphus Washington and Notre Dame’s Sheldon Day to watch.

Local touch

TCU has only one representative with running back Green, while Baylor has sent wide receiver Jay Lee, offensive lineman Spencer Drango, defensive lineman Shawn Oakman and long snapper Jimmy Landes. Texas Tech sent running back DeAndre Washington and offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark. Another player of note is Notre Dame offensive lineman Nick Martin, the younger brother of Cowboys offensive lineman Zack Martin.

TV: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, NFL Network

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