But Ranchreport.com has put together a list of players who make sense at each spot Dallas is going to pick over the next three days. (For the purposes of this article, it has to be assumed that there won't be any trades.)
Round 1 (9th overall)
There are a number of directions in which the Cowboys could go with this pick, including defensive end, cornerback and safety, but the team's biggest need is on the offensive line, where age and injury are starting to wear-down a once-dominant line. Head coach Jason Garrett attended exactly one Pro Day, to USC, where he got to see offensive tackle Tyron Smith. A fast-rising prospect on many teams' boards, Smith is probably the most athletic tackle in the draft, and is believed to have enormous room for improvement. The Cowboys want to re-sign left tackle Doug Free, a free agent who was a pleasant surprise in 2010 (his first as a starter), but in the event that he walks for a big-money deal elsewhere, Smith could slide over to the left side.
Round 2 (40th overall)
The Cowboys got by with Alan Ball at free safety last year, but would like a serious upgrade. If free agent-to-be Gerald Sensabaugh leaves via free agency, they'll need two. In a class that could have no safeties go in the first round, UCLA's Rahim Moore would be a nice fit in the second. He has good range and excellent hands ball skills, and can play the center field-like style that would allow Sensabaugh (or a replacement) to creep forward to fortify the run defense.
Round 3 (71st overall)
North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin is an extraordinary athlete who many feel has first-round talent, but some teams have reservations about him after he was dismissed from the UNC team before the 2010 season after it was learned that he accepted improper benefits from an agent. Should he end up in Dallas, and if he can answer questions about his work ethic and character, he could be a perfect fit for the Cowboys. He can be a mobile interior lineman, in the mold of a Jay Ratliff, or he also could slide out to end, where he is strong enough to tie up blockers and quick enough to get past them.
Round 4 (110th overall)
Utah's Brandon Burton is a physical cornerback who is very strong, allowing him to excel at knocking receivers off their route at the line of scrimmage. He sometimes struggles chasing deep threats downfield, but when he keeps receivers in front of him, he closes quickly and is a physical hitter.
Round 5 (143rd overall)
Ray Dominguez played tackle at Arkansas, but usually is projected as a guard in the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 334-pound Dominguez is a three-year starter who excels in run blocking, and also can block for placekicks on special teams. He's not quick enough to play tackle at the next level, but he can be very powerful when he keeps his pad level down.
Round 6 (176th overall)
If his running style (or contract) convinces the Cowboys to part ways with Marion Barber or Tashard Choice, Nebraska's Roy Helu, Jr., could be a steal of a replacement. At 6-0 and 219, and with a 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, Helu has the physical makings of a talented runner. He isn't as physical as Barber, but in the Dallas offense, where he would share carries with Felix Jones and whichever runner stays. Helu changes direction well, and has decent hands out of the backfield.
Round 7 (220th overall)
The Cowboys already have Sean Lee waiting to replace Keith Brooking on a full-time basis, but linebacker is one of those positions of which a team never can have enough. Maryland's Alex Wujciak is a burly (6-2.5, 247) inside linebacker who collected 381 tackles over 38 games in the last three years for the Terrapins. An extraordinarily intense player, Wujciak also had four interceptions over the last two years.
Round 7 (252nd overall)
A raw prospect who needs grooming, Oklahoma offensive tackle Cory Brandon is a player who looks the part (6-6.5, 325) whose game has yet to catch up with his enormous frame. But he has an ideal build, including long arms and huge hands, but lacks experience, having played in 13 games last year but starting just seven. His measurables make him the consummate boom-or-bust prospect.
7 Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
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