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Ranking the Top 5 Players on Dallas Cowboys 2013 Draft Board

Derek GerberichCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2013

Ranking the Top 5 Players on Dallas Cowboys 2013 Draft Board

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    The Dallas Cowboys need a big showing from their 2013 NFL draft class if they hope to break through in the upcoming NFL season.

    It's this need which consequently places a more focused emphasis on their draft preparation.

    A similar article examined the top five players on the Cowboys' draft board back in early January, but let's take a fresh look at where things currently stand.

5. Matt Elam (SS)

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    With Texas Longhorn do-it-all safety Kenny Vaccaro rocketing up draft boards and seemingly out of the Cowboys' range, the Boys must consider Florida safety Matt Elam.

    Elam is a bit undersized at just 5'10", 200 pounds, but it doesn't prevent him from being a playmaker in the defensive backfield.

    He finished the 2012 season with six interceptions and also played some of his best games under the brightest lights.

    A few off-the-field offenses (alcohol possession) remain a slight detractor. Nevertheless, Elam would serve as a much-needed addition to the injury-plagued Cowboys defensive backfield.

4. Sharrif Floyd (DT)

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    With the Cowboys moving to a 4-3 defensive scheme under Monte Kiffin, adding an extra defensive lineman in the draft would certainly serve them well.

    Enter Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, one of the hotter players on NFL draft boards right now.

    Floyd weighs in at a solid 6'3", 300 pounds and projects as one of the top three juniors in the entire draft class.

    He's played every position on the defensive line at Florida, and he has proven to be hard to handle one-on-one, usually requiring a second defender.

    A big-time defensive tackle with a motor like Floyd's is something Kiffin would love to get his hands on this upcoming April.

3. Lane Johnson (OT)

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    Even though the Cowboys have legitimate needs on the defensive side of the ball, the crux of their woes stem directly from their offensive line.

    It would follow that the offensive line should be the primary focus of the Boys this April.

    Lane Johnson is a prime candidate for the Cowboys to seriously consider.  The 6'6", 300-pounder was clocked at 4.67 in the 40-yard dash, and he will surely be turning heads across NFL front offices with that kind of posting.

    Can you imagine an 6'7" offensive lineman who gets downhill blocking wish 4.67 40-yard dash speed?

    DeMarco Murray could certainly use a healthy dose of that.

2. Jonathan Cooper (OG)

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    It's usually a bit of a stretch to take an offensive guard in the first round, but given the state of the Cowboys' offensive line, the situation might warrant it.

    Cooper, the 6'3", 310-pound run-blocker from North Carolina, paved the way for a Tar Heel rushing attack that averaged 193 yards per game. He also registered double-digit knockdown blocks in nine games in 2012.

    He'd most likely be an opening day starter for Dallas, and that fact alone should gain him considerable attention.

1. D.J. Fluker (OT)

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    Anyone who read this article detailing why D.J. Fluker could be the answer to the Dallas Cowboys' problems will understand his placement at the top of the Cowboys' current draft board.

    For starters, the man is a behemoth. Fluker weighs in at nearly 360 pounds and stands at 6'6" tall. His massive frame paved the way for the Crimson Tide to develop into one of the most feared offensive lines in college football.

    Additionally, Fluker allowed a mere four sacks in 267 dropbacks in 2012, and the thought of pairing a talent like Fluker opposite Tyron Smith is something the Cowboys cannot pass up.

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