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Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: 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 third, 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. Slight changes from last week but here is the third Dallas Cowboys seven-round mock draft.

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1st Round: Kenny Vaccaro, Safety-Texas

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Maybe one of the Cowboys top two or three draft targets, especially now that Sensabaugh is gone. Has the size, strength, athleticism and speed to be a really good player. Smart, plays with aggression and his instincts are the best in this safety class. Not a true ball hawk and he doesn’t change direction well but he makes up for it in intelligence. Top safety target for the Cowboys.

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2nd Round: Sylvester Williams, Defensive Tackle-North Carolina

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Quickly becoming a name on the rise for and will no longer be there in 3rd rd for Cowboys. 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.

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3rd Round: Brian Winters, Kent St-Guard

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He’s an extremely strong and versatile guard who would fit in nicely with the Cowboys. He’s got the tenacity, strength and attitude that would fit in perfectly with Jason Garrett. Not the best athlete but the Cowboys could certainly use his road grading ability and strength up front.

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4th Round: Stepfan Taylor, Running Back-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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5th Round: Zac Dysert, Quarterback-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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6th Round: Ace Sanders, Wide Receiver-South Carolina

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Sanders is too small to get more of a look from scouts but he can do some great things with the ball in his hands. Great acceleration and quickness in and out of his cuts, can make people miss and despite his size, he’s fearless. A game breaker and a terror in the open field. Needs to improve on route running and knowledge of the game but a solid pick late in the draft, similar to what Dwayne Harris was for Cowboys.