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Dallas Cowboys 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Free Agency Edition

2014 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Post-Free Agency Edition

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The Dallas Cowboys have lost much more than they have gained so far during free agency. Dallas released DE DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher was signed by the Washington Redskins and Anthony Spencer could leave as well. What do all of these losses mean when it comes to the draft in May? Here is how I see the draft going for Dallas.

Round 1, Aaron Donald, DL

Aaron Donald
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Round 1, Aaron Donald, DL

Aaron Donald
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Dallas is going to need to spend multiple picks on defensive linemen, so why not start in the first round? Dallas loves Aaron Donald. The only question is, do they love him enough to trade up to get him? He is on the rise on many draft boards, and trading up may be the only way to get him.

Round 2, Trent Murphy, LB

Trent Murphy
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Round 2, Trent Murphy, LB

Trent Murphy
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Trent Murphy played linebacker at Stanford, but I believe he could play DE in the NFL. Dallas could use DL and LBs, so no matter which position he plays, he can help Dallas.

Round 3, Jackson Jeffcoat, DL

Jackson Jeffcoat
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Round 3, Jackson Jeffcoat, DL

Jackson Jeffcoat
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Let’s keep the defensive linemen rolling for the Cowboys. Jackson Jeffcoat is a player I think would be good value in the second round but a great value here in the third. I’m not sure he makes it to the middle of the third, but if he does Dallas should jump at the opportunity.

Round 4, Mike Davis, WR

Mike Davis
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Round 4, Mike Davis, WR

Mike Davis
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I see the Cowboys switching it up in round four and addressing a need on offense. Dallas decided to release WR Miles Austin, and I believe Mike Davis would be a good pick here. Dallas has Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams as starters, so Davis could be eased into the offense yet still contribute something to the team.

Round 5, Aaron Murray, QB

Aaron Murray
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Round 5, Aaron Murray, QB

Aaron Murray
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Dallas needs to find a QB they can develop to eventually become the starter. Aaron Murray is the perfect candidate for that. He is a good QB but will fall in the draft because of an injury he suffered last season at Georgia.

Round 7, Aaron Lynch, DL

Aaron Lynch
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Round 6, Aaron Lynch, DL

Aaron Lynch
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Dallas’ plan looks like it will be to get a lot of young DL and rotate them throughout the game. If that is the case, they will just keep drafting them. Aaron Lynch is a good one who should be available in round six.

Round 6, Justin Britt, OL

Justin Britt
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Round 7, Justin Britt, OL

Justin Britt
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Dallas will look to add some depth to the offensive line here, and the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Justin Britt out of Missouri could be a nice fit. He also played in the SEC, so he is used to playing against top competition.

Round 7, De’Anthony Thomas

De'Anthony Thomas
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Round 7, De’Anthony Thomas

De'Anthony Thomas
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Dallas is not desperate for a RB, but DeMarco Murray is entering the final year of his contract and Joseph Randle had a poor rookie season. In the seventh round you are looking for players with upside. I believe De’Anthony Thomas has a lot of upside, so why not take a chance on him?