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Breaking Down the Dallas Cowboys' Top 1st-Round Options
Keith Srakocic/Associated Press

With the No. 16 overall selection, the Dallas Cowboys have myriad options in the 2014 NFL draft. With numerous needs, they might go with a "best player available" strategy in the first round, because it's likely that whoever is sitting as the top player on their board will also fill a position of need.

Perhaps the team's top need is finding a quality defensive lineman. That might be ideal, but this is a weak class at both defensive end and defensive tackle. In all likelihood, most defensive linemen whom the Cowboys would draft at No. 16 would also be available at the back of the first round.

Dallas has other options in the middle of the first, including a playmaking safety. The value of the draft's top free safeties will depend on how the Cowboys view their defense. Is an upgrade at safety going to compensate for the lack of a pass rush?

Let's take a look at five current first-round options for Dallas right now (in terms of popularity), giving each a score from 1 to 10 based on how much the player would help the team.

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