With the draft only 17 days and there is still no consensus on who the Cowboys will select at no.14.
Do we use the 14th pick on our defensive line?
Do we use the 14th pick on our offensive line? (MUST UPGRADE the interior of our offensive line.)
Do we use the 14th pick on our secondary? (Ranked 23rd overall last season.)
The question is with the moves the Cowboys made in Free Agency this off-season will this free up Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett to select the best player available? Let’s take a look at some of the players who might be available for us to pick at no. 14.
Fletcher Cox (DT/DE, Mississippi State)
Height/Weight: 6’4 /298 lbs
Cox is naturally big, plays bigger and is expected to grow even more in size and ability. A third-year junior, Cox was the only player from Mississippi State to be named All-SEC first team after he collected 56 tackles and five sacks last season. He works hard from kickoff until the final whistle, setting a pace for teammates and wearing down opponents.
He showed very good explosion in combine testing. The light-footed Cox played both defense end and defensive tackle and his versatility will be an asset in the NFL, where scouts think he is similar to San Diego’s Corey Liuget, an 18th overall pick out of Illinois last year.
Cox was one of five Bulldogs suspended for the 2011 opener against Memphis for breaking team rules, but he returned to the field with vengeance and earned praise from his coaches. – Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
Mark Barron (Safety, Alabama)
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1/ 213 pounds
The two-time first-team All-American and three-time first-team All-SEC selection had 235 tackles, 12 interceptions. Ball-hawking safety, which can play the back end or drop down into the box and plays the run very good. Barron has superb football instincts and finds the ball in the air and reacts quickly.
No. 14 might be too high for the Cowboys to select a safety but with a dire need to add play makers in our secondary Barron could fill that void.
Dre Kirkpatrick (Cornerback, Alabama)
Height/Weight: 6-2/186 pounds
Kirkpatrick has the best combination of size and athleticism of any cornerback in this year’s draft. He has hip flexibility, foot quickness and agility to turn and run without losing a step after transitioning out of his pedal. An aggressive defender who consistently attacks the play in front of him, fights through blockers and is willing to make hard hits. – Russ Lande Sporting News
David DeCastro (Guard, Stanford)
Height/Weight: 6-5/312 pounds
DeCastro is an extremely polished guard out of Stanford who started for three consecutive years. While he is considered an early entry junior, he spent four years at Stanford and has already graduated. He is a disciplined and NFL-ready player who likely will warrant a starting spot immediately through his play. He could be one of the highest draft picks at the guard position in recent years, and he could easily go in the top 10.-NFL Network.com
Dontari Poe ( DT, Memphis)
Height/Weight: 6’3/343 pounds
One of the hottest stories of the NFL Combine’s this year but as of late Dontari Poe’s draft stock has started falling lately. But with that being said Poe would be the idea prototype nose tackle for Rob Ryan’s attacking 3-4 defense.
“Poe is a big man who will likely improve a 3-4 defense working as its anchor inside at NT. His best attribute is his ability to occupy space inside and allow those on the second level to flow and make plays. He can use his strength to overpower most blockers and use his athletic ability to be a threat making plays around the ball. Poe has the build and athleticism to be picked late in the first round.” – NFL Network
With this move the Cowboys could move starting NT Jay Ratliff to DE which would improve their pass rush.
Strengths– Strong lower body so that he can stabilize his position. His athletic ability and quickness force the use of a double team, and he can wreak havoc around the ball. Poe uses his strong hands to keep defenders at bay and throw them around to create opportunities. He is a consistent defender who combines size, strength, athletic ability, and understanding.-NFL Network
Sources: NFL Network.com, CBS Sports.com, Sporting News.com