Dallas takes Colorado St. WR to help fill Dez departure

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On Thursday, the NFL Draft made its Texas debut at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The Dallas Cowboys kept talking up the receivers they already had going into the National Football League draft after dumping Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move. With AP Photos.The Dallas Cowboys have drafted a tight end with Jason Witten on the verge of retirement after 15 seasons. They did add a possible replacement for Dez Bryant. He joins a crowded tight end room in Dallas that still includes Witten, Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and Rico Gathers. "I think he will keep getting better".

Being a Dallas Cowboy Vander Esch says he couldn't be any happier.

A consensus first-team All-America tackle as a sophomore, Williams declared for the draft after his junior season with the Longhorns.

STILL NEED: The Cowboys didn't draft a safety despite moving one of last season's starters, Byron Jones, back to cornerback.

When he declared for the draft in December, he wrote an essay thanking the bullies who tormented him when he was a child because he was overweight and had a speech impediment.

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"Schultz stands 6'6" and weighs 244 pounds. The only other issue could be 33-inch arms, which is a bit on the short side for a tackle in the NFL.

Dallas could use versatility on a line that struggled at times with injuries and ineffectiveness.

But Dallas goes for defense for the second-straight year.

In three year's at Stanford, Schultz caught 55 passes for 555 total yards, and five touchdowns. "I'm just coming down to compete". The compensatory choice was their second of the fourth round.

Trades (two): Sent sixth-round pick to Los Angeles Rams for WR Tavon Austin; sent WR Ryan Switzer to Oakland Raiders for DT Jihad Ward.