2014 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock, Final Edition

Final Dallas Cowboys' Seven-Round Mock Draft

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Coming off yet another disappointing season, the Dallas Cowboys must address several glaring concerns during the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Basically every defensive position could use an upgrade, and the Cowboys have plenty of picks to get the job done – albeit most of them fall in the seventh round. Can Jerry Jones and Co. make the necessary moves on draft day?

Here’s a look at how the 2014 NFL Draft could play out for the Cowboys.

Round 1 (16th Overall): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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Round 1 (16th Overall): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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After the loss of DeMarcus Ware this offseason, the Cowboys need a legitimate edge rusher who can be a difference-maker. While some aren’t sold on Barr like myself, there’s still plenty of hype surrounding the UCLA product. He’s a raw talent with the athleticism, quickness and closing speed to rack up double-digit sacks on an annual basis – if he can learn the ins and outs of playing in the NFL.

Round 2 (47th Overall): Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

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Round 2 (47th Overall): Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

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Another raw player with the potential to be a star, Jernigan has shown plenty of promise during his days at Florida State. The Cowboys are in desperate need of help along the defensive line, so he fills a need and has the talent to start in the not-so-distant future. If the Cowboys can coach him up properly and teach him to use his skill set to its full potential, this is a steal.

Round 3 (78th Overall): Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor

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Round 3 (78th Overall): Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor

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Unless the Cowboys are happy with Donald Leary as their starting left guard, they might want to make an upgrade. In the third round, Richardson is an outstanding addition with the physical tools to start from Day 1. He’s going to need some work as a pass blocker and isn’t overly athletic, but is a road grader in the ground game and should have no trouble beating Leary for the starting job.

Round 4 (119th Overall): Vinnie Sunseri, SS, Alabama

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Round 4 (119th Overall): Vinnie Sunseri, SS, Alabama

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As the Cowboys saw last season, J.J. Wilcox might not be the answer at strong safety. He showed good athleticism and ability against the run, but struggled mightily in coverage and might be best suited in a reserve role. That’s where Sunseri comes in. The Alabama product is an instinctive, opportunistic playmaker who can also play the run. He’d push for a starting job immediately in Dallas.

Round 5 (158th Overall): Aaron Lynch, DE, USF

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Round 5 (158th Overall): Aaron Lynch, DE, USF

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Even after spending their first-rounder on an edge rusher, the fun shouldn’t stop there. The upside is through the roof with Lynch, a quick, sudden pass rusher who showed star potential early in his college career. However, a transfer and several off-field issues later and he’s prepared for a draft-day slide. If the Cowboys are willing to take the gamble, though, Lynch could pay serious dividends.

Round 7 (229th Overall): Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU

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Round 7 (229th Overall): Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU

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After skipping on a quarterback through the first six rounds, the Cowboys go for a deep sleeper with Gilbert. A disappointing college career was apparently overshadowed by a stellar Pro Day, which has suddenly put him back on the NFL radar. With Tony Romo still locked in long term, the Cowboys wouldn’t mind having a project like Gilbert waiting in the wings.

Round 7 (231st Overall): Kenneth Acker, CB, SMU

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Round 7 (231st Overall): Kenneth Acker, CB, SMU

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Another deep sleeper with the potential to emerge as a consistent contributor at the next level, Acker is a solid seventh-round prospect for the Cowboys. A terrific athlete who the Mustangs considered using on both sides of the football, Acker has the size teams are looking for at cornerback and could eventually develop into a solid cover man.

Round 7 (238th Overall): Chris Whaley, DT, Texas

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Round 7 (238th Overall): Chris Whaley, DT, Texas

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A superb athlete who has battled injuries routinely throughout his football career, Whaley has the skill set to be an impact rotational defensive lineman if he can stay healthy. With a solid frame, above-average athleticism for the position, and good awareness, Whaley would be a smart seventh-round option for a Cowboys team that desperately needs to add defensive line depth.

Round 7 (248th Overall): Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State

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Round 7 (248th Overall): Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State

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While the Cowboys are set with their starting receivers, adding some more depth certainly couldn’t hurt. He’s far from a sure thing, but Franklin has shown enough upside during his college career to warrant a shot or two in the NFL. His decision to leave school early was certainly a mistake, but his size, physicality and production show that Franklin could earn a spot at the bottom of the depth chart in Dallas.

Round 7 (251st Overall): Cameron Brate, TE, Harvard

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Round 7 (251st Overall): Cameron Brate, TE, Harvard

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There’s a good chance that Gavin Escobar is a bust, and Jason Witten isn’t going to play in the NFL forever. The Cowboys need a developmental tight end, and Brate is a terrific find in the seventh round. The Ivy League grad displayed tremendous hands throughout his college career, and has shown just enough after-the-catch ability to warrant a serious look at the next level.

Round 7 (254th Overall): Colby Way, DE, Buffalo

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Round 7 (254th Overall): Colby Way, DE, Buffalo

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With their sixth and final seventh-round pick, the Cowboys would be wise to take a smart, high-motor player who has a smidgen of upside. While he’ll likely never be anything more than a backup and possible role player, Way is a terrific teammate and intelligent player who prepares well and never gives up. Way isn’t going to make a huge impact in Dallas, but he’s a great locker room presence.

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