The Dallas Cowboys are a team that has a realistic shot at makings the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean that they are without plenty of room for improvement. Let me know what you think in the comments.
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1st round Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Dennard has missed a lot this season (early) because of an injury, but he is rounding back into the form last season that had many people wondering whether or not Dennard was the elite cornerback on the Cornhuskers and not 2011 first round pick Prince Amukamaraa. Dennard would provide some much needed talent to the Cowboys secondary and represent value if he was available around 20th where the Cowboys could end up picking.
2nd round Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
Wide receiver doesn’t seem to be a huge need or the Cowboys, but it is an underrated need. Dez Bryant and Miles Austin play so physical they are going to miss time every year with injuries and it’s not like the depth at the WR position for the Cowboys is amazing. I also think the Cowboys will look first and foremost to get good value with their second round pick. This is where Toon comes in. I don’t think Toon is a number one wide receiver in the N.F.L. but he can be a nice number two option, and with the surrounding talent the Cowboys have he’ll make some plays.
Guyton has plenty of experience in the 34 and has the size to hold up against constant double teams in the 34 at the next level. Right now the Cowboys are getting average production out of their defensive line and adding a talent like Guyton will only help. I think Guyton is the kind of guy who could rise up the draft boards during the post-season showcase games.
4th round-Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State
The Cowboys released TaShard Choice and Felix Jones can’t stay healthy. Demarco Murray looks like he could be the answer for the Cowboys as feature back, but they could still use another guy for depth and often you can find some good values at running back at this point in the draft. I was considering putting a player like Doug Martin here from Boise State, but I think he will be gone by this point.
5th round-Neiko Thorpe, S, Auburn
The Cowboys need to add more talent in their secondary at both cornerback and safety. The Cowboys do a good job of acquiring value in the draft so I don’t believe that they will reach for a safety early in the draft, but if a player like Robert Lester falls to them in the second round they could address the need early. Thorpe has good coverage ability he was a corneback for Auburn prior to to this season and has good size (listed at 6’3) and has 4.5 40 yard dash speed. He’s an intriguing later round prospect for the Cowboys.
6th round-Josh Chichester, TE, Louisville Cardinals
Chichester is a huge tight end (6’8) with nice receiving abilities. I’m not sure if the Cowboys have soured on Martellus Bennett, yet but it sure seems that way. Bennett has plenty of physical talent, but never really put it together. Chichester has a nice ability to get vertical and could be another red-zone target for the Cowboys. Chichester is not a big time blocker though (240 pounds at 6’8. He’s very thin).
7th round-Janzen Jackson, S, McNeese State
The talented former Tennesee Vols defensive back was dismissed from the team. He is talented though and worth a 7th round flier, especially for a team that needs to essentially overhaul their secondary.