2014 NFL Draft: Potential First Round Picks for Dallas Cowboys

By Jeff Smith
Calvin Pryor
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The Dallas Cowboys have many ways they could go with their first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, which of course includes both trading up and down. I’m going to take a look at a few different potential first-round picks the Cowboys could end up making, and the scenario that would have to happen for them to land that specific player.

Top Option in First Round: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

The pairing of Donald and the Cowboys is one that has Cowboys fans oozing with excitement. The problem is, in order to make this happen they’d likely have to trade up in the draft to land him. His stock is just too high right now and too many teams are interested in him. I can’t see any possible way Donald makes it to the Cowboys pick at 16.

Pick for Cowboys’ Fans: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

To be painfully honest here, I have absolutely no idea what is actually going through Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones‘ head right now in terms of the potential to draft Manziel. Maybe they really want to trade up and do it, maybe it’s all just a smokescreen, and maybe Cowboys fans are getting excited for nothing? There are plenty more questions that would come out if the Cowboys drafted Manziel, but it’s a possibility.

Excellent Add in First Round: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

The more I watch and read about Barr, the more I fall in love. This guy just oozes with talent, and he has the ability to step in and make an instant difference for the Cowboys. He’s a playmaker, and he’d bring something to this defense that is badly needed: playmaking ability. If Donald isn’t available and the Cowboys sit at 16 with Barr available, I fully expect to see him land in Dallas.

Scenario Becoming Less and Less Likely: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

When the first draft boards came out, I was all for Clinton-Dix becoming a Cowboy. Now, less than a week before the draft, I think it’s a very unlikely scenario. Maybe Clinton-Dix gets taken before the Cowboys’ pick, or maybe the Cowboys just go a different route altogether. Could the route be another safety, though?

Don’t be too Surprised if…: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

A few weeks ago, I would have said there is no way the Cowboys take Pryor over Clinton-Dix. As the draft gets closer and closer though, Pryor’s stock just continues to rise. He’s looking like a pretty strong option for the Cowboys at 16, and if they want a safety, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go with Pryor instead of Clinton-Dix. If both are still on the board, there’s also a chance that the Cowboys trade back to get Pryor a bit later.

The Long Shot: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The potential for the Cowboys to land a playmaker like Cooks is very interesting, but unless, by some miracle, Mike Evans falls to Dallas at 16, I don’t see them going with a wide receiver. Jerry Jones may surprise me here, but as much as I like Cooks, I don’t think the Cowboys draft him in the first round. It’s just a major long shot in my opinion.

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