Dallas Cowboys 7-Round NFL Mock Draft, Late-April Edition

Dallas Cowboys Look to Reload Through 2014 NFL Draft

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The Dallas Cowboys had a disappointing 2013 season, as they were dreadfully inept on the defensive side of the ball and ended up with an 8-8 record. This left the Cowboys on the outside looking in come playoff time and has them looking to better their roster during the current offseason. One of the best ways to do this is through the 2014 NFL Draft, and I have provided a seven-round mock draft to show who the Cowboys will target to improve.

Round 1, Pick 16 -- Timmy Jernigan

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Round 1, Pick 16 -- Timmy Jernigan

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Dallas ranked 27th in rushing yards per game against and 30th in passing yards against in 2013, and their dearth of defensive tackle depth played a large role in this. Enter in Timmy Jernigan, who has good size at 6-foot-2, 299-pounds, has above average quickness and dominated at Florida State in 2013. Jernigan and Dallas look like a match made in heaven.

Round 2, Pick 47 -- Kelvin Benjamin

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Round 2, Pick 47 -- Kelvin Benjamin

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Aside from Dez Bryant, Dallas has no real threat at wide receiver, which severely limits the passing options of Tony Romo. Kelvin Benjamin could help solve this issue, as he has an absolutely huge frame, could easily beat most defensive backs in the air and has acceleration off the line that belies a poor 40-yard dash time. Questions over his work ethic could push Benjamin to the Cowboys in Round 2, and they will surely pounce.

Round 3, Pick 78 -- Will Clarke

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Round 3, Pick 78 -- Will Clarke

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The Cowboys' defensive issues are well documented, and the recent loss of DeMarcus Ware has left the team without any real option at defensive end. Will Clarke would go a long way towards filling this gap, as he possesses a huge wingspan, is very athletic and has a noted work ethic that ranks amongst the best. Clarke has the frame and work ethic to slot into the Cowboys' starting lineup in 2014.

Round 4, Pick 119 -- Cyril Richardson

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Round 4, Pick 119 -- Cyril Richardson

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Dallas struggled rushing the ball in 2013, and one of the biggest priorities to fix this was to acquire a right tackle. The Cowboys will likely target former Baylor offensive lineman Cyril Richardson in the fourth round, which could turn into a great pick. Richardson has great size at 6-foot-5, 329-pounds and absolutely great strength, but questions remain about his quickness. Still look for Dallas to go after Richardson.

Round 5, Pick 158 -- Marqueston Huff

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Round 5, Pick 158 -- Marqueston Huff

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Dallas has Matt Johnson, Jeff Heath and J.J. Wilcox available to play at free safety, but no player looks anywhere close to being a starter. This opens the door for the team to bring in a free safety late in the draft to contend for a starting spot, and Wyoming's Marqueston Huff looks set to be this contender. Huff is very athletic, a proven ball hawk and best of all can play both free safety and cornerback.

Round 7, Pick 229 -- Lawrence Virgil

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Round 7, Pick 229 -- Lawrence Virgil

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The seventh round of the draft will prove as a practice in stocking depth player for Dallas, and Lawrence Virgil will fit into this perfectly. The Valdosta State product can play both defensive tackle and end, has good size at 6-foot-5, 287-pounds and was a dominant player in college. Virgil will likely be a project, but his mix of size, quickness and explosiveness makes him a good pick for Dallas.

Round 7, Pick 231 -- L'Damian Washington

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Round 7, Pick 231 -- L'Damian Washington

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L'Damian Washington could prove to be a diamond in the rough in the seventh round, as he has legitimate 4.4 40 yard dash speed and a 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame that teams look for in a wide receiver. Washington was never particularly dominant in college and needs to work on his route running ability, but picking him would be a low-risk, high-reward proposition for Dallas.

Round 7, Pick 238 -- John Urschel

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Round 7, Pick 238 -- John Urschel

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John Urschel may never be a star player, but the former Penn State right guard is a hard worker, has good quickness and is already used to playing in a pro style offense. Additionally, Urschel is the type of character guy all teams want and need, and he could really bring a dose of sanity to a Cowboys team that seems to perennially be lacking in leadership.

Round 7, Pick 248 -- Connor Shaw

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Round 7, Pick 248 -- Connor Shaw

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Tony Romo is surely going to be the starter in Dallas for at least the next few years, but the 2013 season showed that good health is never a guarantee. And while Kyle Orton will the bakcup 2014, bringing in Connor Shaw as a third option and future heir apparent at quarterback is a good move. Shaw is a little undersized, but he has good mobility, accuracy, is a very hard worker and would be prove little risk at the end of the seventh round.

Round 7, Pick 251 -- Aaron Colvin

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Round 7, Pick 251 -- Aaron Colvin

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The Cowboys can use all the help in the world on the defensive side of the ball, and Aaron Colvin would provide depth at cornerback. Colvin is coming off of an ACL surgery, but his great speed, quickness and football awareness had many putting him in the first round of the draft before the injury. At the end of round seven, Colvin would be a steal for Dallas.

Round 7, Pick 254 -- Michael Sam

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Round 7, Pick 254 -- Michael Sam

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Everybody knows the back story of Michael Sam, but few people realize that he actually has the mix of explosiveness, strength and football acumen to be a more than adequate defensive end. There is really no telling where Sam will go considering questions surrounding how players will react to him in the locker room, but he would be a steal at the end of the seventh round. And really, it's not like the Cowboys aren't used to a huge media presence.






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