Dallas Cowboys 2013 Mock Draft: Building the Perfect 7 Round Mock Draft
The 2013 NFL draft is still a solid four weeks away, but with little wiggle room in terms of salary cap space, the Cowboys' needs likely wont change much before then.
Dallas has some fairly obvious positional needs—especially along the offensive line—and they will also need to find some new faces to work into their new 4-3 defensive scheme, but there are certainly other holes to fill as well.
The Cowboys haven't qualified for postseason play in the past three seasons, and in order to stop that skid from reaching four consecutive seasons, the team needs to hit a proverbial home run at Radio City Music Hall come April.
Here are the perfect selections that the Cowboys can make with each of their picks come draft day.
Round 1: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
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Chance Warmack has the potential to go a few slots or so before Dallas picks at No. 18 overall, but he will be a steal if he falls that far. The Alabama product is arguably the most complete lineman in this draft class, and he is one of the best players available, regardless of position.
It's no secret that Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings did not get the job done at both guard positions in 2012. Quarterback Tony Romo was constantly forced to roll out of the pocket and was occasionally forced to run on designed passing plays.
Warmack is strong and knows how to keep his assignment busy in pass protection. He's also deceptively fast when he has to get to the second level in running situations. Simply put, he's a complete guard who would instantly start for the Cowboys in 2013.
Round 2: Matt Elam, S, Florida
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ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins reported this week that free agent safety Michael Huff would be up for signing in Big D, but even if that hapens, the Cowboys would need a safety for the future.
Matt Johnson was drafted in the fourth round last season, but missed all of last year with an injury. His potential has yet to be seen, but the Huff news makes one wonder just how much the Cowboys believe in Johnson.
Elam is the best safety available in this draft and the Cowboys are not exactly strong at either free or strong safety. Drafting the former Gator would give Dallas another instant starter and someone who the team can rely on at the position for years to come.
He's a reliable defender and has a knack for finding his way to the ball-carrier, which is exactly what any team needs out of its defensive backs. Elam would be another huge steal for the Cowboys if he is available in the second round.
Round 3: Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia
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There's a lot to like about former Bulldog Cornelius Washington. At 6'4", 265 pounds, Washington's frame is almost identical to that of DeMarcus Ware.
While the Georgia product is not exactly on Ware's level, either talent and production wise, he is quick and exhibits a fine swim move. Plus, the Cowboys defensive line is about to look a whole lot different with Ware and Anthony Spencer moving to defensive end in their new 4-3 defensive scheme.
Having Washington on the roster may seem like a waste when considering who will start ahead of him, but he'd be a great rotational player who could come in and spell the two starters. He could also develop into a starter in the future, which could come in handy if the Cowboys can't sign Spencer to a long-term deal this year.
Round 4: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
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Montee Ball was a huge component of the Wisconsin offense during his time in college, but chances are that he won't be for his team at the pro level.
The former Badger is considered by most to be a third- or fourth-round selection, and the latter round would be a great place for Dallas to give him a call. The Cowboys don't seem too invested in trying to find a No. 2 rusher to replace the departed Felix Jones via free agency, so addressing the position through the draft would make a lot of sense.
This is a position that the team could look to fill in the draft's middle rounds, and Ball would be a good fit in Big D. As a backup to DeMarco Murray, Ball would be a great change of pace back that can get those much-needed short yards and come in on the goal line.
Considering Murray's history of injuries, Ball would be a great insurance policy who can also contribute when both backs are healthy.
Round 5: Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
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The Cowboys did draft Tyron Smith in the first round two years ago, but with Doug Free's inconsistent play in recent years, the team could use another tackle.
Former Tar Heel Brennan Williams has the long arms you would want from a tackle and has shown decent ability as a pass protector. It could take a season or two for the Cowboys coaching staff to get the most out of Williams, but they have time to do just that after signing Free to a four-year contract extension with the team back in 2011.
Williams has the potential to be a starter for a Cowboys team in need of offensive line help. Given that this fifth-round pick will be Dallas' second to last slection of the draft, Williams is worth the low-risk here.
Round 6: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
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The last pick of any NFL team's draft is much like a lottery ticket that the team hopes turns into a jackpot, and former Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden wouldn't be a bad choice here.
With Mike Jenkins not returning in 2013, the team does have a roster spot to fill at the position before September. Orlando Scandrick will move into the No. 3 corner spot, but Hayden could slide into the fourth or fifth spot on the depth chart next season.
Being a sixth-round pick, not much would be expected from him in his first season, and the Cowboys won't exactly get burned if they have to cut him in a season or two.
Hayden does have a red flag after having open heart surgery for a life-threatening injury in November, but he has been cleared to play.
The fact that he has come back from something like that is a feat more telling than tackles or interceptions. Drafting Hayden cannot really hurt the Cowboys and the team does need to grab another corner before next season. He is as good a pick as any at this point in the draft.