By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on April 3, 2014
It has been a busy offseason for the Dallas Cowboys. In the past 18 years, this franchise has been mediocre at best. In 2013, Dallas' defense was historically bad. There are many positions that need to be upgraded on this football team. With 11 picks in this year's draft, it wouldn't be surprising to see Jerry Jones make a few moves. Let's take a look at five Day 2 prospects the Cowboys should target in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Dallas' offensive line in 2013 was one of their strengths on the offensive side of the ball, but it won't be long until Doug Free is giving up sack after sack. The Cowboys have already expressed their interest to moving Free inside to guard. If that happens, the Cowboys must find a right tackle in this year's draft. Although he played in Division I-AA, Billy Turner was a rock at North Dakota State University. Turner has a ton of NFL potential.
At 6-foot-5, 205-pounds, Martavis Bryant is a physical specimen. To go along with his elite frame, Bryant also runs a 4.42 40-yard dash. The Cowboys need a receiver to complement Dez Bryant, and Martavis could be that guy. The two Bryant's could go on to be one of the league's best receiver duos, similar to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in Chicago. The Clemson product would be a good pick in the third round.
If it weren't for his ongoing knee concerns, Dominique Easley would most likely be a top three pick in this year's draft. Easley has torn it up at Florida, and he could be a perfect fit as a 3-technique defensive tackle. Easley gets off the line of scrimmage, and he is a pass-rushing presence in the middle of the field. If Dallas doesn't select Aaron Donald or Timmy Jernigan in the first round, Easley should be on their radar in the second round.
Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are the elite safeties in this draft class, but Jimmie Ward isn't far behind them. Ward played college football at Northern Illinois, and although they were a top-25 team in 2013, many NFL teams are scared because of the competition he played against. Ward has the ability to play free safety or strong safety, and he could be a good option opposite of Barry Church.
Scott Crichton is starting to become a very hot name as the draft nears. He has a good frame at 6-foot-3, 275-pounds, but the best thing about Crichton is how he can play in either defensive scheme in the NFL. He's not the best athlete, but he can get after the quarterback with ease from the edge. Dallas needs more pass rushers, and Crichton would be a great value pick if he falls to the second round.
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