2014 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys’ Seven-Round Mock 2.0

Full 7-Round Mock for the Cowboys

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It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the Dallas Cowboys, who have numerous issues to address before they’re ready to be considered contenders in 2014. Not only do they need to make the most of what little cap room they have available, but they also need to hit homeruns during the 2014 NFL Draft. Can Jerry Jones get the job done?

Here’s a look at how the Cowboys could use their eight current picks when May rolls around.

1st Round: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

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1st Round: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

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Even after making several additions to the defensive line this offseason, the Cowboys are still in desperate need of help along the front four. With Jeremy Mincey currently slotted as the starting right end, Dallas must make a move. That’s why Ealy makes so much sense. Not only is he a dominant edge rusher with outstanding size and strength, but he also offers intrigue as a run defender. This would be a great value pick for the Cowboys.

2nd Round: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

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2nd Round: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

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The Cowboys still aren’t done retooling the defensive line, even after signing Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton. Alongside him, the other starter right now is Nick Hayden, who is better served in a backup role. Enter Sutton, a disruptive interior force who could develop into a star along the Dallas defensive line. He has some concerns about his health and weight management, but is an elite talent when at the top of his game.

3rd Round: Anthony Steen, G, Alabama

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3rd Round: Anthony Steen, G, Alabama

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With Mackenzy Bernadeau and Ronald Leary as their starting guards, it might be wise for the Cowboys to consider putting backup plans into place. That’s where a player like Steen comes along. While not the most physical guard in the 2014 class, the Alabama product wins with smarts, technique and determination. He’s a well-rounded blocker who can help stabilize a Dallas offensive line that routinely has its fair share of struggles.

4th Round: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

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4th Round: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

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The Cowboys have already stated their interest in adding another capable running back to the mix. Especially with DeMarco Murray regularly on the injured list, bringing aboard a contributor seems logical. Grice is not only an exciting runner, but he also brings versatility to the table as a receiver and returner. The Cowboys could certainly use a change-of-pace back to ease Murray’s workload, and Grice can be that back.

5th Round: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

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5th Round: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

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With so many concerns along the defensive line, why not add more bodies to the mix before the 2014 season gets under way? Clarke is an explosive defensive end who has the physical tools to become a force off the edge. There are still some wrinkles that need to be ironed out of his game, but if given the proper coaching and time, Clarke can develop into a quality role player for the Cowboys.

7th Round (via CHI): Jonathan Dowling, FS, Western Kentucky

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7th Round (via CHI): Jonathan Dowling, FS, Western Kentucky

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While free safety isn’t a dire need for the Cowboys, they could certainly use some extra bodies at the position. Barry Church is still the starter, but has been on the decline in recent history. The rest of the depth chart is made up of lower-level players. Adding Dowling to the mix couldn't hurt. While there are serious concerns about off-field issues, the potential is there for Dowling to develop into a stud considering his natural talents.

7th Round: Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State

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7th Round: Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State

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The Cowboys aren’t short of wide receiver talent, but have some question marks near the bottom of the depth chart. With the defensive line already addressed, they could go with a sleeper at wide receiver in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough. Frankin is considered by many to be one of the 2014 class’ deep receiver sleepers, bringing solid size, speed and hands to the table. Playing behind Dez Bryant, Franklin could find a role in Dallas.

7th Round (via KC): Khalil Wilkes, C, Stanford

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7th Round (via KC): Khalil Wilkes, C, Stanford

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The future looks bright for Travis Frederick as the Cowboys’ starting center, but depth can never be underestimated. As of right now, Dallas doesn’t have a true No. 2 center on their roster, which is why taking a flier on one in the seventh round wouldn’t hurt. While far from a top prospect, Wilkes has an intriguing skill set that could translate at the next level. If anything, he can carve a role as a swing man along the interior.

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  • CowboysWin

    not bad at the bottom but some questionable calls at the top. 1. Ealy at 16 is a big risk, given his production throughout college. That does not equate to a value pick. 2. Sutton is not a 1 and will lose weight to play a backup role at 3 behind Melton – he’s a good value in the 3rd but 1st and 2nd rounders on a team with this many holes, hmm – I would think there is another big ugly in the 2nd that could be available. With Dunbar a great change of pace, the 4th round change of pace seems like a wasted pick. If you say health issues, Murray and Dunbar are in that boat so a 3 down workhorse to develop would be a much wiser option and there are lots of them to be had in this draft, even in the 7th. The later picks are very good though, although a FB (Trey Millard) and DE (Larry Webster) would be great additions.