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5 Players Dallas Cowboys Should Target in 2nd Round of 2014 NFL Draft

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5 Players Dallas Cowboys Should Target in 2nd Round

Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett, NFL Draft
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The NFL Combine has come and gone, and teams will spend the next couple of months preparing for the NFL Draft. For the Dallas Cowboys, it is an extremely important one. Even after Dallas gets under the salary cap, they still won't have much, if any, money to spend on free agents. That leaves only the draft in which to improve their roster.

Jerry Jones has said that the goal this offseason is to improve the defense. He also said that he believes the offense is dynamic and on par with where it needs to be for Dallas to compete for a Super Bowl. Jerry believes that if they add some pieces to the defense, they will be one of the NFL’s elite teams.

While I disagree with Jerry about the offense being where it needs to be and about the Cowboys being anywhere in the vicinity of being a Super Bowl contender, I do agree that the defense should be the focus of the offseason, which also means that the focus of the draft must be the defense. If the rumors are true that Dallas is leaning towards parting ways with Demarcus Ware, then the focus on drafting for the defense could intensify.

While drafting for the defense is a good plan, Dallas cannot just take a defensive player for the sake of taking one. They must select the right player, and if the right defensive player is not there, it is okay to take an offensive player that will help the team.

Earlier in the week I wrote about five players that Dallas should target in the first round of the draft, and all five happened to be defensive players. Here, I am going to give my opinion on the five players the Cowboys should target in the second round. Let’s see if I choose all defensive players again.

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5. Jason Verrett, CB

Jason Verrett, NFL Draft
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Cornerback is not one of the top needs for the Cowboys, but if Jason Verrett is available, he would be hard to pass up. He is a borderline first round talent, and if he is there in the middle of the second round, he should be chosen. He represents big value, and Dallas should not pass up value.

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4. Gabe Jackson, OL

Gabe Jackson, NFL Draft
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Again, OL is not a top priority for the Cowboys, but Gabe Jackson is a guy that would come in and start right away. If there is not a defensive player the Cowboys like, then they should not hesitate to take Jackson.

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3. Trent Murphy, LB

Trent Murphy, LB
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Trent Murphy is a guy that could possibly play LB or DL in the NFL. He is a smart, solid player that I believe would fit in nicely with Dallas.

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2. Lamarcus Joyner, CB

Lamarcus Joyner, NFL Draft
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Lamarcus Joyner was a CB in college, but scouts believe he will be a safety in the NFL. A safety is something Dallas desperately needs. By using his cornerback coverage skills, Joyner could be a great addition to the secondary.

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1. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE

Jackson Jeffcoat, NFL Draft
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I have heard some people say that Jackson Jeffcoat does not fit Dallas’ scheme. However, I believe you can find a place for an athlete like Jeffcoat, who constantly puts pressure on opposing QBs. I am of the mindset that you draft talented players and you rely on your coaches to find a way to make it work.