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5 Players The Dallas Cowboys Should Avoid In The First Round Of The NFL Draft

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5 Players To Avoid In The First Round

Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett, NFL Draft
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Jerry Jones told the media on Sunday that his Dallas Cowboys are close to being a Super Bowl team. Jerry says this after every season and it always sounds ridiculous, but saying it after this past season is absolutely absurd.

The Cowboys have a ton of holes and no cap money. I guess that Jones plans on making the Cowboys a Super Bowl team through the draft, because he does it so well. Jones makes it easy for fans and media to make jokes about the things he says and the draft picks he makes. The sad part is, the draft really is the only hope that the Cowboys have this offseason.

To say the Cowboys have failed at the draft under Jones would be a drastic understatement. It would be one thing if Dallas just missed on their middle and late round picks; every team has misses in those rounds. But Dallas’ problem is that they have misses in the early rounds, which is something that does not happen to good teams, and especially not in the first round of the draft.

In 2008, Dallas selected Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins in the first round. While those picks are not horrible, they could have selected Chris Johnson and Brandon Flowers.

In 2009, the Cowboys had no first round pick due to the disastrous trade they made with the Detroit Lions for Roy Williams. The Cowboys could have selected Clay Matthews that year, had they kept their first rounder.

In 2010 and 2011, Dallas did well with their first round picks, taking Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith. Both of these players have been very solid contributors for the Cowboys and should for years to come.

In 2012, Dallas traded up to select Morris Claiborne. While Claiborne has had a rough first couple of years, a player Dallas could have chosen is Luke Kuechly, one of the top LBs in the NFL.

Last season, Dallas selected Travis Frederick, who had a good rookie season. However, most believe Dallas could have taken Shariff Floyd or Eric Reid in the first round to improve their defense, and then selected Frederick in the second round.

More often than not, Dallas has selected the wrong player in the first round. In order to help out Jones, I am going to reveal my top five players to avoid in the first round of this year’s draft. Some of these players are talented, but they are not a good fit for the Cowboys.

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5. OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame

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While I feel Dallas needs upgrades along the offensive line, given the Cowboys' other needs, I do not believe they should spend a first round pick on Zack Martin.

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4. DL Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

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Stephon Tuitt fits a position of need for Dallas, as they are desperate for defensive line help. However, he is coming off foot surgery and Dallas needs to pick a sure thing in the first round.

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3. WR Marquise Lee, USC

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Marquise Lee is a WR out of USC. There are two reasons I do not want Dallas selecting Lee. First of all, WR is not near the top of the list of needs, and secondly, I am not sold on the idea that Lee will be a great NFL talent.

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2. WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

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Mike Evans is a WR, but unlike Lee, I am sold on his talent. Evans would be a flashy pick, but Jones must resist the urge to make the big splash. He must choose a guy to fill a position of need.

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1. TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

Jace Amaro, NFL Draft
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I believe Jace Amaro is the most talented TE in the entire draft, but Dallas should not take a TE at all in this draft, especially not in the first round. Witten is still productive and there are plenty of positions on the roster where that is not the case. Dallas should address positions of need first.