The announcement that Miami Hurricanes quarterback Steve Walsh will enter the National Football League draft gives the Dallas Cowboys another option as they decide how to use their No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.

Walsh, who played quarterback for new Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson at Miami, announced Tueday he will forego his final season of college eligibility and enter the draft.And the announcement that Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State will also be available in the draft opens up even more possibilities for the Cowboys, who qualified for the No. 1 draft choice with a 3-13 finish, worst in the NFL, last season.

Johnson said Tuesday that Walsh will become a productive player in the NFL, but stopped short of saying he would consider using the team's No. 1 choice to draft Walsh.

The Cowboys earlier appeared to be leaning toward signing UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, but Tuesday they had the additional options of Walsh or Sanders.