The No. 1 pick in Sunday's NFL draft now belongs to Dallas.
Whether the Rocket does, remains to be seen.The Cowboys got the top pick from New England Friday for the 11th overall pick, one they got from Minnesota for Herschel Walker plus their second-rounder, the 41st overall. They also will give New England ``other considerations,' which could mean players or more draft picks.
Dallas, meanwhile, isn't saying if it will use the top pick on Raghib ``Rocket' Ismail, the kick returner and receiver from Notre Dame.
``We're in negotiations and we have visited with his agents,' Dallas owner Jerry Jones said of Ismail, conceded to be the most talented player in the draft. Ismail has been asking for $15 million over five years plus a signing bonus and has held out the option of signing with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League for $6 million over two years.
Sam Jankovich, the Patriots' president, said New England had offered $1.7 million a year to Ismail.
``We feel there was no way in the world we would sign 'The Rocket,' ' Jankovich. ``I could not imagine us either close to getting together.'
If Dallas or another team meets Ismail's request, it would make him the second highest paid player in the league, behind only San Francisco's Joe Montana, a two-time league and three-time Super Bowl MVP.
Dallas also has the option of trading the pick, perhaps to Atlanta, which holds the third and 13th picks overall and wants Ismail. Jankovich said the Falcons had called as late as Friday morning with an offer, but wanted to be guaranteed he could sign it.
Jankovich also said Dallas was the only team that would take the No. 1 pick without a signing guarantee.
The Patriots could use the 11th pick to take 6-foot-8 quarterback Dan McGwire, brother of Mark McGwire, the Oakland A's slugger. Jankovich has had talks about McGwire with the quarterback's agent, Leigh Steinberg, and the Pats have worked out McGwire.
Dallas, meanwhile, could use Ismail to bring more people into Texas Stadium.
But the Cowboys, who went from 1-15 to 7-9 last season, still need more bodies. They retain three first first-round picks - the first, 12th and 13th, to continue the rebuilding process. They could trade them or use them