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Mark Barron. Dre Kirkpatrick. Dontari Poe. David DeCastro. Peter Konz. Cordy Glenn. Fletcher Cox. Quinton Coples.
There might be another one or two players attached to the Cowboys in various mock drafts, but while the majority of them have Barron going to Dallas, there are a lot of players from a lot of positions being floated here. This means something else—namely that there are several positions Dallas could obviously improve in this draft.
So bear with me here. The draft will start with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Then some combination of Matt Kalil, Justin Blackmon, Morris Claiborne and Trent Richardson have been set apart as the next tier of players to potentially get drafted.
After that, there is no end of players who have been tabbed as the next few players to go. To use just one scenario of many, let's offer Melvin Ingram, Luke Kuechly, and Riley Reiff as three players who could go between Nos. 7-13.
Without being unreasonable, if just three names who are not in the group of players I listed at the beginning of this slide are drafted in those picks (Michael Floyd, Ryan Tannehill, Michael Brockers... I have several more we could consider), then fully half of the players in my list at the top would still be available at No. 14. If that's the case, why stay there?
Inevitably, players start sliding as other players are drafted earlier than expected. What if, after all the chatter about Ryan Tannehill, he makes it past Miami's pick at No. 8? At some point, a team will be willing to part with some additional picks to move up and get him. While I don't think it'll happen, RBs have been going later than in year's past, and Richardson could conceivably fall.
My point is, if you're a team with draft pick flexibility and have shown a willingness to wheel and deal (and Dallas is two for two here), then you might be able to find something.
Cincinnati, Cleveland and New England are all teams with multiple first-round picks and fourteen of the first 100 picks between them, and so have the ammunition to move up and grab a player easily.
The fact, ultimately, is that Dallas can still get an impact player at a position of need later in the first round than their current slot, and can definitely use another pick or two in this draft. Or next year's draft, if a team would like to give something tasty up in the 2013 draft.