2012 NFL Draft: Kendall Wright, Last Guy Dallas Cowboys Should Take in 1st Round

Tom FirmeAnalyst IIApril 9, 2012

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Kendall Wright #1 of the Baylor Bears runs during a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys have a few high priority positions they can take with the No. 14 overall pick in the draft. Also, certain players would be good for the Cowboys to consider since they'd be the best available players at that point. Out of the players CBSSports.com ranks between seventh and 25th, Kendall Wright is the last player the Cowboys should pick at No. 14.

Priorities Come First

Drafting a wide receiver like Wright simply isn't a priority for the Cowboys. They have several holes to fill on the roster. The offensive and defensive lines figure highly. The Cowboys need a quality starter for the interior offensive line. Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings were nice signings, but Bernadeau isn't a good starting candidate.

Drafting someone who could help Jay Ratliff on the defensive line would be good. Defensive ends Jason Hatcher and Kenyon Coleman aren't exactly game changers. They don't open things up very well for DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. Also, Hatcher is anything but a playmaker.

Likewise, a playmaking pass rusher to play opposite Ware would be a great pick. Franchising Spencer ensured that the Cowboys would have a decent pass rusher opposite Ware, but Jerry Jones could do better. Spencer's career best is six sacks, and he hasn't shown potential in the last two years to rack up 10.

Also, the secondary may need to be addressed in the first round. Signing Brandon Carr was great, and Brodney Pool was a decent signing. Still, Jones could make a pick to add a starting quality cornerback or safety.

A few need positions are certainly worth first-round picks.

Wright Won't Be One of the Best Talents Available at No. 14

The Cowboys may see players at one of those need positions figuring to be the best player available when they're on the clock. Jones would be hard-pressed to refuse David DeCastro in the first round. He's touted to be one of the few guard prospects ever to be truly worth such a high pick.

Also, his technique and Stanford career show him to be a promising draft prospect.

Quinton Coples would be a good pick to help improve the defensive line. He's a strong rusher and is versatile enough to play different positions and fit in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. Coples has great agility that allows him to deny rushers the ability to escape to the outside.

Dre Kirkpatrick also figures highly in the mid-first round. Kirkpatrick is a tall corner with great ball skills, terrific speed and is solid in man coverage.

Wright wouldn't be one of the more eye-catching players when the Cowboys are on the clock. CBSSports.com ranks him No. 18 among all prospects. He's fairly quick, is a good athlete and runs routes well. However, he's short at 5'10" and has averaged-sized hands (8.6").

Also, he's known to slack off when he doesn't think the ball will be thrown to him.

Wright doesn't stick out as far as the Cowboys are concerned when they'll be ready to pick at No. 14 like Coples, Kirkpatrick and DeCastro do.

Conclusion: Unlike Other Positions, Cowboys Are Set with Their Starting Wide Receivers

The Cowboys are just fine with the starting wide receivers they have. Drafting one in the first round wouldn't make sense. Miles Austin is a superbly talented player who the Cowboys can hope will bounce back from an injury-plagued 2011 season.

Dez Bryant didn't break out like he was hoped to do, but he took the next step, improving markedly in each category.

Wright isn't the type of game breaker who would significantly improve upon an already good receiving duo in Austin and Bryant.

The Cowboys could draft game changers at other positions at No. 14, like DeCastro and Kirkpatrick. Thus, Wright would be far off their minds in the first round.