2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players the Dallas Cowboys Should Target on Day 2

Louis Musto@LouisMustoContributor IIIApril 27, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players the Dallas Cowboys Should Target on Day 2

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    The Dallas Cowboys made waves in the 2012 NFL draft by trading up eight spots to select Morris Claiborne with the sixth overall selection.

    Picking up the best cornerback in the draft, the Dallas Cowboys have made an immediate improvement that should help prime them to compete within the feisty NFC East for years to come.

    As we look ahead to the second day of the NFL draft, America’s Team is laden with positional needs across the board. However, a talented draft class boasts numerous options for Jerry Jones and company to invest in.

    With just one pick on Day 2, here are some interesting prospects the Cowboys should consider.

Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State

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    It was a start when the Dallas Cowboys addressed some pivotal needs along their offensive line during free agency. When considering that protecting quarterback Tony Romo is a top priority, they must step up and infuse more youthful talent into that offensive line unit.

    Amini Silatolu saw his draft stock skyrocket this offseason despite being from little-known Midwestern State. Blessed with amazing size, strength and ability, Silatolu is one of the top guards in the 2012 draft class.

    The Cowboys have yearned for a talent such as Silatolu since the late '90s. He fits the mold as a nasty, physical player and should fit right in with America’s Team.

Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma

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    There is no questioning the Dallas Cowboys boast one of the NFL’s best pass-rushers in DeMarcus Ware, but they want more.

    Outside of Ware, the Cowboys are unable to put a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks and thus, their pass defense takes a beating late in games.

    Oklahoma’s Ronnell Lewis is a quality prospect as a 3-4 outside linebacker, displaying the ability to rush the passer off the edge as well as play against the run.

    He plays with a mean streak with great focus and drive. He displays a good motor and does not quit until he is driving the ball-carrier into the turf.

    Sounds like Rob Ryan’s kind of guy.

Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State

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    Center was an evident issue for the Dallas Cowboys in 2011.

    On numerous occasions, Tony Romo and center Phil Costa had communication problems and simply could not get on the same page. With that said, say hello to one of the top centers in this year’s class—Michael Brewster.

    Brewster is a quality lineman coming from a football factory in Ohio State. He has great size, at 6’4” and 312 pounds, and all the tools NFL teams are looking for in prospective centers.

    National Football Post’s Wes Bunting gives a positive impression of Brewster and sees him as an eventual starter in the NFL.

    Cowboys fans should be hoping sooner rather than later for the Buckeyes standout.

Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington

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    With wear and tear taking its toll on Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff, the Dallas Cowboys should seek some help in the draft that would enable him to shift to over defensive end in the near future.

    Alameda Ta’amu is a huge, physical presence on the inside and is every bit the kind of nose tackle defensive coordinator Rob Ryan would love to have anchoring his defensive line.

    Ta’amu is not a productive pass-rusher, but displays great athleticism getting off the block.  His success relies against the run and with some quality coaching, he could evolve into one of the most lethal run-stoppers in the NFL.

Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama

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    The fact that Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw fell into the second round is shocking enough, but the thought of him falling to the Dallas Cowboys—should they trade back into the second round—mind-blowing.

    Upshaw is a spectacular edge rusher, boasting top-notch speed and athleticism to get to the quarterback. With the need for Dallas to add more pass-rushers, this selection is a no-brainer should he still be available in the second round.

    Upshaw would deliver an instant upgrade for the Cowboys’ fearsome pass rush while adding one of the draft’s best talents.


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