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Ranking the Dallas Cowboys’ 2014 Draft Picks From Worst to First

Ranking the Dallas Cowboys' 2014 Draft Picks From Worst to First

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The 2014 NFL Draft was a make-or-break one for the Dallas Cowboys, and it didn't turn out too bad for the Cowboys. Although the rookies haven't stepped in the locker room yet, there is reason to be happy if you're a Cowboy fan. The Cowboys are famous for their undrafted rookies. Just look at Tony Romo and Dan Bailey. In this slideshow, I'll name the best and worst Cowboys draft picks from this past weekend.

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9. Will Smith

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9. Will Smith

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Will Smith is a Texas product and the Cowboys are known for drafting college players from the state of Texas. Although he is undersized, Smith is a high-character guy who will be a nice backup behind Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. Injuries have ravaged the Cowboys' defense in the past two seasons and Smith will be an immediate upgrade over backups Cameron Lawrence and Ernie Sims.

8. Ken Bishop

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8. Ken Bishop

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Ken Bishop has improved every season in his college career. He transferred to Northern Illinois after two years at junior college. Even after the signing of Henry Melton, the Cowboys were in the market for a defensive tackle. Bishop is 6-foot-1, 310 pounds, and he has a quick burst off the ball. Bishop will be fighting undrafted free agent Chris Whaley for a defensive tackle spot on the final roster.

7. Anthony Hitchens

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7. Anthony Hitchens

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My least favorite pick of the draft was Anthony Hitchens in the fourth round. It's not that Hitchens is a bad player, but the Cowboys could've easily gotten him a round or two later. Rod Marinelli wanted a player like Bradie Jams to be the strong-side linebacker and that's what Hitchens is. He played as the SAM linebacker in Iowa's 4-3 and he will contend with Justin Durant for the position.

6. Ahmad Dixon

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6. Ahmad Dixon

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Ahmad Dixon was a great value pick in the back-end of the seventh round. The Cowboys needed to add competition at the safety position and Dixon is capable of becoming a starter one day. Special teams specialist Danny McCray left in free agency and Dixon will likely replace him on special teams. Dixon is an intimidating presence and he will contend with Matt Johnson for the backup safety position right away.

5. Terrance Mitchell

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5. Terrance Mitchell

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The Cowboys took a cornerback with the third-to-last pick in the draft and I was a big fan of the selection. Terrance Mitchell is a playmaker and it is that simple. Although he is undersized at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, he is explosive and has great vision. Mitchell plays bigger than he is and he will be a nice fit in the slot. Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne were subpar in 2013 and Mitchell will be another cornerback in the mix in 2014.

4. Ben Gardner

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4. Ben Gardner

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I was a huge fan of this selection in the seventh round. Albeit he's had his problems staying healthy, Ben Gardner is coming from Stanford, which led all of college football in sacks. Gardner's floor is that he will be a good rotational pass rusher, but his ceiling is a guy who will get double-digit sack numbers. With Rod Marinelli coaching him up, Gardner will be a fun player to monitor in training camp.

3. Devin Street

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3. Devin Street

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Described as one of the polished and NFL-ready receivers in the draft, that says a lot about Devin Street, considering this year's wide receiver class is deep. Pittsburgh keeps producing NFL receivers and Street is the next one out of college. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Street has good size and he is an intriguing player because he can play outside across from Dez Bryant or in the slot.

2. Demarcus Lawrence

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2. Demarcus Lawrence

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The price tag was hefty, but it was a good idea to trade up for Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence. The Cowboys gave up their second- and third-round pick to get him, but when a first-round player is in the second round, it is worth it. Lawrence projects as a starter right away and he will only improve with the influence of Marinelli. Lawrence could use 10 pounds of muscle, but the talent is there for him to be a special player.

1. Zack Martin

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Zack Martin

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The pick was going to be Ryan Shazier until the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him a pick before the Cowboys in the first round. The Cowboys tried trading down, but they couldn't find a trade partner. Zack Martin went on to be the pick and it was certainly a good one. Martin can play guard or tackle and he is perhaps the smartest player in this year's draft. The trio of Martin, Travis Frederick, and Tyron Smith will be a good one for years to come.