Who Should the Dallas Cowboys Target with Their Compensatory Picks?

John OwningCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2014

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Cowboys were awarded three compensatory picks in the seventh round (248, 251 and 254 overall) for the 2014 NFL draft, and they have a great opportunity to improve their roster. 

In the seventh round, teams are choosing based off traits. Since most of the prospects who are well-rounded and already good football players are gone, teams are trying to find that diamond in the rough. 

Also, the seventh round is used to select players who teams don't want to bid for in the undrafted free agent period. 

The Cowboys have had great success with undrafted free agents. Players like wide receiver Cole Beasley, safety Barry Church, kicker Dan Bailey, wide receiver Miles Austin, guard Ronald Leary and quarterback Tony Romo have all had a big impact on the Cowboys team recently. 

Therefore, the Cowboys have a good track record at finding diamonds in the rough and seem to be in great position to find impact players late in the draft. 


UCLA Wide Receiver Shaquelle Evans

The Cowboys have a dominant receiver in Dez Bryant, but it is unclear who will play opposite him with the release of Miles Austin. It seems logical that former Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams would slide into the No. 2 receiver spot. Despite that, the Cowboys still need more depth at the receiver position, especially considering that Bryant has been battling back problems the last two years. 

Enter Shaquelle Evans. 

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Evans is more of a possession receiver who doesn't threaten to stretch the field much. However, Evans can be very valuable in the short-to-intermediate passing for the Cowboys. Evans emerged into a end-zone threat in his final year at UCLA. Evans almost doubled his touchdown output in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. This shows that Evans can give the Cowboys another option in the red zone.

Evans is a player with a good frame (6'1" and 213 pounds) and has solid route-running ability. Evans has the ability to play the X or Z receiver position and can develop into a solid player in those positions. 

While Evans is a bit inconsistent right now, he has the ability to become a solid No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in the NFL. That is about all you can ask for in a late seventh-round pick. 


South Florida Defensive End Aaron Lynch

The Cowboys are moving away from playing four to five players on the majority of the snaps on the defensive line and moving toward a rotation much like the one the Seattle Seahawks used. The Cowboys are looking to have seven to eight defensive lineman rotating throughout any given game to keep everyone fresh. 

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Aaron Lynch would fit well into this rotation and would give the Cowboys another viable pass-rushing threat. 

Lynch was a Freshman All-American at Notre Dame but then transferred to South Florida following his great freshman campaign. 

Lynch has great size (6'5", 249 pounds) and length (34" arms) that would have coaches salivating at his potential. He also has great burst and athleticism that the Cowboys like at the defensive end position.

While Lynch didn't have great production his last year in college, Lynch did flash the ability to become a great pass-rusher. Lynch was average at sacking the quarterback at South Florida; however, he does have the tools to develop into an impact player. 

Lynch would have to improve his pad level and work on developing some pass-rush moves to succeed in the NFL. However, his size and athleticism give him great value for the Cowboys in the seventh round. 


Miami Offensive Tackle Seantrel Henderson  

The Cowboys are in need of some depth along the offensive line. While it seems that Tyron Smith and Doug Free will be the starting tackles for the Cowboys, it gets a little bit murky at the backup tackle position. Jeremy Parnell has been the back-up swing tackle for the Cowboys, but the Cowboys would save $1.5 million by cutting Parnell. 

The Cowboys need to draft a young tackle to come in and compete for the backup swing tackle position so the Cowboys feel comfortable enough to cut Parnell. 

Seantrel Henderson would be a great value for the Cowboys to draft in the seventh round.

Henderson is a mountain of a man (6'7" and 331 pounds with 34 5/8" arms) and has good feet for a tackle his size. Sometimes he got away with some bad hand technique just because of his length.  

However, he does have considerable off-the-field concerns including drug use. This has caused the Philadelphia Eagles to take him completely off their board

Henderson has amazing upside and all the tools to become a great offensive tackle. Henderson would come at great value for the Cowboys in the seventh round and could develop into a huge steal.