NFL Nation Buzz: Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys reporter Todd Archer discusses the additions the team has already made on the defensive line and how it will affect their draft strategy.

Beyond the first round: Safeties

Each day over the next 10 days, we will focus on one position in the NFL draft by highlighting a prospect in Rounds 2-7 who might fit for the Dallas Cowboys. With so much attention placed on the first round in mock drafts, "Beyond the first round" focuses on lesser-publicized options beyond the first 32 picks. Today we look at safeties. Second round -- Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois): He was one of the Cowboys' national visitors and could be a Day 1 starter.

Dallas Cowboys’ schedule released today

At 7 p.m. CT, the NFL will released the 2014 schedule. As for the Cowboys, we have a primer. Who they play: The home games are: Arizona, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, New York Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington. The road games are: Chicago, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Seattle, Tennessee and Washington. The Jacksonville game is Nov. 9 in London. Reunion games: Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher left the Cowboys to sign a four-year $27.

A player/coach on the Cowboys?

IRVING, Texas -- In terms of most valuable sports franchises in the world, the Dallas Cowboys and Manchester United are in the top five. Manchester United was valued by Forbes at $3.17 billion, which was No. 2 behind Real Madrid. The Cowboys checked in at No. 5 at $2.1 billion. The Red Devils' season could not have gone more poorly. David Moyes replaced the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson and the team will have its worst finish since 1992-93. Moyes was replaced in the interim by one of the club's best players in history, Ryan Giggs, who remains an active player.

Does Kyle Orton’s absence up need for QB?

IRVING, Texas -- Before people get carried away with Kyle Orton's absence from the Dallas Cowboys' offseason program, two factors need to be put out there: the workouts are voluntary and he missed just one day. But the Cowboys should not look at Orton's absence as a one-day deal. They should take a worst-case scenario look at it. They need to determine whether Orton really wants to play football in 2014, despite what they heard from the player's agent and the fact Orton would be walking away from $3.

A guess at the Cowboys’ schedule

IRVING, Texas – Last week the St. Louis Rams offered up at $100,000 prize if somebody can correctly predict their 2014 schedule, complete with day and time. We will offer up no such prize if you can correctly predict the Dallas Cowboys’ schedule, but feel free to post yours in the comments section. I’m giving you my best guess as the NFL comes close to finalizing the schedule this week. Sept. 7 at New York Giants -- I pondered them opening the year at the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, but thought better of it.

Beyond the first round: Defensive ends

Each day over the next nine days, we will focus on one position in the NFL draft by highlighting a prospect in Rounds 2-7 who might fit for the Dallas Cowboys. With so much attention placed on the first round in mock drafts, "Beyond the first round" focuses on lesser-publicized options after the first 32 picks. We continue the series with defensive ends. Second round, Dee Ford (Auburn): He can play a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or an outside linebacker in a 3-4.