Dallas Cowboys: If Ratliff Is Released, Who Should Dallas Draft to Replace Him?

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Dallas Cowboys: If Ratliff Is Released, Who Should Dallas Draft to Replace Him?
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Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated yesterday morning in Grapevine, Texas.

Ratliff was reportedly returning from an outing with a friend when he was pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving.

This incident comes not three months after reserve nose tackle Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter after the car that he was driving crashed, killing teammate Jerry Brown. 

As of Wednesday night, there has been no official talk out of the Cowboys organization about releasing Ratliff. This situation is still fresh, and Ratliff has yet to face trail or retribution from the National Football League for his actions.

In the interim, I believe it is fair to speculate on his future with the franchise. Ratliff’s 2012 campaign was cut short by a sports hernia injury, and his production has been on the decline the past few years.

Should Dallas decide to release Ratliff, and eat his $7 million cap hit in 2013, where should the Cowboys turn for his replacement?

Yesterday, I gave review of Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller’s first round draft pick for the Cowboys. He thinks Dallas should pick Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams. I believe the Cowboys would be best served to go with UNC offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper instead.

Since news broke of Ratliff’s arrest, and his career in Dallas is potentially in danger, the Williams pick doesn’t look so bad now.

Williams is 17 pounds heavier than Ratliff, and would play opposite Tyrone Crawford as the 1-techninque lineman in new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s scheme.

Outside of Williams, who should the Cowboys look toward to replace Ratliff?

Here are five defensive tackles that should be on the Cowboys radar.

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