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UCLA's Brett Hundley worked out for Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys, who haven't drafted a quarterback since 2009, could be in the market for one in this draft and had a private workout with UCLA's Brett Hundley on Thursday.


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NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported the news. Cowboys starter Tony Romo turns 35 next week, on April 21.

Dallas has drafted just three quarterbacks in the past 25 years -- Bill Musgrave in 1991, Quincy Carter in 2001 and Stephen McGee in 2009; Carter was a second-rounder, and the other two were fourth-rounders. Hundley looks to be a second- or third-rounder.

Dallas' current backup quarterback is Brandon Weeden, who washed out in Cleveland after being a first-round pick in 2012.

Hundley (6-foot-3, 226 pounds) racked up a school-record 11,677 total yards and threw a school-record 75 TD passes. He is a good athlete with a nice arm and is adept at running the read-option. But he lacks awareness and poise in the pocket and takes a ton of sacks for a guy with his mobility. That he hasn't shown he can be a pocket passer should scare the Cowboys and most NFL teams. Can he become one? Certainly. And if he does end up in Dallas, he likely would have at least a year or two to sit and learn about being an NFL quarterback.

Among Hundley's other recent visits: Arizona, Cincinnati, Houston, the New York Jets, Philadelphia and San Diego.


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While Romo's increasing age likely causes some angst in the Cowboys' front office, quarterback is not necessarily a need position in this draft. Cornerback, running back and help on the defensive front are the top three needs, and taking Hundley -- or any quarterback -- on the first two days of the draft obviously would lessen the chances of Dallas getting an instant-impact rookie at the other positions.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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