Five 2013 NFL Draft Prospects Guaranteed to Interest the Dallas Cowboys

Derek GerberichCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2013

Five 2013 NFL Draft Prospects Guaranteed to Interest the Dallas Cowboys

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    After another disappointing Week 17 finish for the Dallas Cowboys, the team must start to focus on the 2013 NFL Draft.

    After hitting with recent draft selections of Tyron Smith, Morris Claiborne, Bruce Carter and Sean Lee, the Cowboys must look to continue to stockpile some young talent.

    What follows are five top draft prospects that are sure to gain the attention of Jerry Jones and company in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.

1. Chance Warmack (OG)

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    A massive 6'3", 320 pound guard out of Alabama, Warmack would be a welcome addition to a Cowboys offensive line that struggled mightily in 2012.

    Regarded as one of the top offensive lineman in the country, Warmack's huge frame would give the Cowboys some much needed interior blocking for years to come.

    With the Cowboys having the 18th pick in the draft, Warmack would surely be a hard one to pass up if he's available when the Cowboys are put on the clock.

2. Alex Okafor (DE)

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    Anyone who watched the Texas Longhorn's last minute comeback versus Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl got a first-hand look at the power Alex Okafor is capable of bringing from the defensive end position.

    The 6'4", 265 pound defensive end from Texas was named an All-American by the AFCA, and backed up the recognition by registering 4.5 sacks in the Alamo Bowl.

    In 2012, the Cowboys' front four struggled to get consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and with the 18th pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, Okafor could prove to be a solution to that problem.

3. Jonathan Cooper (OG)

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    The Cowboys have good memories attached to drafting North Carolina products (see: Carter, Bruce) so Cooper, the 6'3", 300 pound Tar Heel will surely be on their radar.

    The fluid offensive lineman opened up holes for the North Carolina running game to the tune of 194 yards per game, and would be a helpful addition to spark a cure of the Cowboys' ground game woes.

4. Taylor Lewan (OT)

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    The shoddy play of Doug Free crippled the Cowboys' offensive line in 2012, so a 6'7", 300 pound tackle from Michigan is sure to turn a few heads in the Cowboys' front office.

    Lewan was named the top offensive lineman in the Big Ten in 2012, and is generally compared with Jake Long of the Miami Dolphins.

    He did a solid job of slowing down South Carolina's freak defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in the Outback Bowl, and looks to be a solid first-round pick come April.

5. Kenny Vaccaro (FS)

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    The Cowboys have dealt with inconsistent play and injuries across both safety positions over the last few years. 

    With his ability to play both free safety and strong safety, Vaccaro would be an ideal second-round selection for the Cowboys in April.

    The 6'1", 218 pound Longhorn was arguably the best safety in the Big 12 over the past two seasons, and anchored a stingy Texas pass defense in 2012.