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Now that Monte Kiffin has been hired and the defense is switching to the 4-3, there are several changes in store for the Dallas’ draft plans. The Dallas Cowboys still needs to pick up a safety, and they still need more depth on the offensive and defensive lines.
Many top analysts have Dallas choosing Sam Montgomery, defensive end from LSU, with the first pick, but picks after that are up for debate. There are many routes the Cowboys could go, and here are some players that could fit in nicely:
1. Eric Reid, Safety, LSU
Reid was a playmaker at LSU, and I believe he is ready to step in and join his former teammate Morris Claiborne in the Dallas secondary. He is a hard hitter, has excellent ball skills, has the athleticism, and rarely gets beat deep. The only thing he needs to work on is gaining some consistency stopping the run.
2. Margus Hunt, DE/DT, SMU
Magus would be a great pickup for Dallas. He went to school locally, and he can move around the D-line to different spots much like JJ Watt does in Houston. In fact, he reminds me a LOT of Watt. He is big, athletic, and does everything well. The guy makes plays, as he is in the top 10 in blocked kicks in NCAA history.
3.Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
If you watch highlights of Logan, even in the embarrassing 2011-2012 National Championship loss to Alabama, you can’t not be impressed. He doesn’t get pushed around often, and his motor doesn’t stop running until the whistle. While defensive end is a bigger need for Dallas at this point, tackle looks to be a big need as well with all the legal troubles our interior D-linemen have gotten in lately.
4. A Quarterback
This may be the year we find out who Tony Romo‘s (potential) successor will be. Some experts project that there may not be a single QB drafted in the 1st round, leaving many good players available in later rounds. Remember, Russel Wilson was a 3rd round pick last year. We could end up with a steal by taking a QB.
5. Offensive Linemen
This is very important. I think we should draft at least 2 O-Linemen if possible to get some depth. You can argue all day that our starters are fine when healthy, and that may be true, but you can’t argue that if someone gets injured it ends in disaster. I’m thinking possibly Barrett Jones if he slips like I think he will, or maybe Dallas Thomas from Tennessee.
6. Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu
This is going to be a great pick for someone just for the jersey sales. Suspended for all of last year or not, the Honey Badger will be one of the most talked about players taken in 2013. He actually makes sense for Dallas as well. A good nickel-back can be the difference in a game against teams that run spread/read-option style offenses like Washington and soon Philly will be running. Tyrann isn’t going to be covering receivers like Megatron on the outside, but put him on slot guys and give him assignments from the Nickel in read option situations and he will thrive. If he truly has changed and put his past behind him to focus on football, he could be a fantastic pick. The fact that he has had the personal issues he has had will cause him to slip a lot, though I doubt he would have been a first rounder anyway.