Ranking the Top 20 Players on the Dallas Cowboys' 2013 Draft Board

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Ranking the Top 20 Players on the Dallas Cowboys' 2013 Draft Board
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The Dallas Cowboys will apparently not be making any significant changes to a coaching staff that still has much to prove.

The Cowboys will focus on improving a growing legacy of mediocrity through offseason player acquisitions. Since free agency won’t play a key role given the Cowboys’ salary cap situation, the 2013 NFL Draft is going to be where improvements are found, if they’re found at all.

Each draft is a bit of a guessing game that has gotten less intimidating to league owners because they no longer half to pay a college kid close to 10 percent of their franchises value just because they decide to try their hand at pro football.

With the 18th selection on April 25, the Cowboys will spend the next few months honing in on at least one difference-making player in the first round. Sure, the entire draft is important but that first selection often sets the tone for future seasons.

One of the following 20 players will end up playing pro football for the Cowboys as a rookie in 2013, especially as long as two or three quarterbacks are chosen ahead of Dallas, which is likely but not a certainty this year.

Remember that this is a Dallas draft board, which means that the Cowboys will draw up their board based on their own perspective, system and needs—every team does.  

These players are not based on need or availability and I will include underclassmen that have declared for the draft. I’m only choosing players that are likely to be coveted by the Cowboys—and a quarterback isn’t among them seeing as how Tony Romo will be extended and there is no quarterback that projects as a better starter 2013.

No, there’s nobody like Andrew Luck in this draft and even if there was, the Cowboys aren’t getting near him.

So let’s get rolling …

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