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A bit of a lesser-known name compared to Kony Ealy, Bernardrick McKinney has arguably just as much upside as the Missouri product.
Bleacher Report's own NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller thinks that the Cowboys will take McKinney in the first round in his latest mock draft. Miller cites his ability to make plays in the backfield as one of the main reasons Dallas will take him in the middle of the first.
Historically, the Cowboys have been known to draft players from lesser-known schools. DeMarcus Ware came out of Troy. Last year's draft picks in Gavin Escobar and J.J. Wilcox came out of San Diego State and Georgia Southern respectively.
McKinney is a player that has certainly been scouted and heavily discussed by the Cowboys. He is a phenomenal pass-rusher, and that's something Dallas desperately needs. Ware had just six sacks all last season, and he ranked third on the team in that category.
For the same reasons that Ealy would be a fine pick for Dallas, McKinney would fit right in as well. The Cowboys are likely going to lose Anthony Spencer and/or Jason Hatcher this offseason. McKinney would help cushion the blow of both or either players and could become a staple pass-rusher in Dallas.
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