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Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 5: 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 fifth, 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 are the fifth Dallas Cowboys seven-round mock draft.

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1ST Round: Chance Warmack, Guard-Alabama

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Word is Warmack’s stock is slipping and perhaps the Cowboys will get lucky. 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.

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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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3RD Round: Jordan Hill, Defensive Tackle-Penn St.

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Maybe a little smaller for a defensive tackle but he would fit in nicely with Monte Kiffin's scheme and would make a nice piece to step in when Jay Ratliff is done. Very comparable to Ratliff in quickness off the ball and agility but Hill doesn't have Ratliff's strength yet. He's a fighter who plays with good technique and quickness. Give him a year to learn and bulk up and he could be a real player.

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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: Michael Williams, Tight End-Alabama

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The Cowboys are set at tight end with receiving types and could really use a thumper at the position to block people and Williams would fit the bill. A much better blocker than receiver, Williams could be the blocker that Martellus Bennett was just three rounds later and without the headache. Alabama’s offense thrives off of the run and Williams was a huge part of that. Williams can also catch the ball well, he proved that during Senior Bowl week, and would be a welcome addition to the Cowboys.

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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.