Ranking the Top 5 Options for Dallas Cowboys' 1st-Round Selection

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Ranking the Top 5 Options for Dallas Cowboys' 1st-Round Selection
Michael Conroy

When the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock on May 8, they hope to choose a player who can provide an immediate impact from the moment he steps on the field.

UCLA's Anthony Barr and Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald will be the best options for the Cowboys at pick No. 16. However, the draft is unpredictable and the Cowboys will need to have other good options for their first-round pick. 

With just over a week left until the 2014 NFL draft, teams are beginning to finalize their boards and work to a definitive draft plan. 

With Jason Garrett and Rod Marinelli in the final year of their contracts, the Cowboys need to draft players who have the ability to make a real positive impact for the team immediately. This philosophy is especially important in the first round, where a team has the best chance to draft impact players. 

The Cowboys have had good success as of late with their first-round picks. Three of the last four picks have resulted in integral players who have made a positive impact on the Cowboys.

Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick have all had great success with the Cowboys thus far, while Morris Claiborne is the only first-round pick in the last four years who cannot be deemed a success at this moment. 

The Cowboys hope to continue that success with their first-round pick in 2014.

The criteria used for this ranking were the potential for the player to have immediate impact, the ability for the player to be an instant starter, the player's scheme fit and the overall value that player has at pick No. 16. 

 

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