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Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds

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Dallas Cowboys 7 Round Mock Draft

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The 2013 NFL Draft is getting closer and the mock drafts are beginning to heat up. There may be more speculation about the draft than anything else in the NFL, which is what makes it so exciting. We can all guess who our favorite team will, or better yet, should pick but unless we’re in that draft room, we really don’t know. What we do know is that every team has needs and the Dallas Cowboys have got them on both sides of the ball.

Offensively, the Cowboys need to upgrade their line at each of the three positions and they should be selecting offensive linemen early and often in the draft. They could also upgrade their tight end, wide receiver and running back positions and we haven’t even talked about the quarterback spot, which desperately needs a young player to groom. So it’s safe to say the Cowboys can’t turn away help at any position.

Defensively the story is no different as the Cowboys have needs at all three levels. You can take your pick over which position needs the help more but the defensive line and safety positions both need work The Cowboys would be wise to look hard at drafting for both positions early in the draft. They could also use another linebacker since their depth took a hit when they moved to a 4-3 defense.

Here is the first, in a series of mock drafts, leading up to the NFL Draft in late April. The Cowboys currently have 6 picks but as always with Jerry Jones, that will likely change. This list can change from week to week depending on what they do in free agency but here is the first Dallas Cowboys seven-round mock draft.

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6th Round: Manase Foketi-Tackle, West Texas A&M

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From a smaller college so pictures are hard to find but he has the size and power to stand up against stronger players, which Doug Free struggles at. He’s a project player but someone with good potential and the Cowboys should be able to get a good look at him since he’s from Texas. A late round flyer would be a good pick.

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5th Round: Zac Dysert-QB, Miami (OH)

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An athletic QB in the mold of Tony Romo, but doesn’t possess the same kind of arm. He is accurate and has good touch throwing the ball down field. Makes good decisions and will step into throws, a tough QB who’s willing to take a hit. He hasn’t played under center much and needs time to develop, great fit with the Cowboys. I am on record as saying the Cowboys should draft a QB early in the draft but it likely won’t happen and here’s where I see the Cowboys pulling the trigger on a quarterback.

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4th Round: Stepfan Taylor-RB, Stanford

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Taylor is another player whose measurables won’t match up with scouts but his production was fantastic at Stanford. He does nothing great but everything well. Doesn’t have blazing speed but he’s a fast, physical runner and also has good hands. Perfect complement to DeMarco Murray since he has the toughness to play that Murray may lack. Draft does not have a more ideal backup for Murray.

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3rd Round: Sylvester Williams-DT, North Carolina

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Williams has nice blend of strength and quickness, which allowed him to get penetration regularly at UNC. He shoots the gaps and has an array of pass rushing moves, leading to 13.5 sacks last year. Great talent, but effort isn’t always there and that’s why he’s projected as a 3rd round pick. Love the player and the potential and if anyone could make him play his game on every snap, it just might be Rod Marinelli. Williams is one of the most intriguing prospects at the position. Has the ability to be drafted in 1st round but effort drops him here. Great pick for Cowboys.

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2nd Round: Eric Reid-Safety, LSU

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Physical player who reads plays well and shows the ability to make plays. Very aggressive and athletic but needs to work on coverage skills. Sometimes too aggressive and doesn’t have the make-up speed. Overall he’s a really good prospect who would help the Cowboys immediately at safety.

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1st Round: Chance Warmack-Guard, Alabama

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Warmack stock supposedly “dropped” because he didn’t measure out as well as many scouts would have liked a few weeks ago. That is just what the Cowboys want to hear because it increases the likelihood they get to select perhaps the best guard in the draft. He’s big, strong, smart and nasty and would be a walk-in starter for the next 10 years. So please continue to use the combine as an excuse for how good he will be, I’ll use my eyes. If he's available at pick 18, the Cowboys should run the card up to the podium.