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Dallas has 10 more players to select before filling out its 2014 draft class. Offensive guard was addressed in the first round but there are plenty more holes to fill. Here's what to expect out of the Cowboys in Rounds 2-7. This mock draft does not take possible trades into account.
Round 2, Pick No. 47: Louis Nix III
If the Cowboys don't move up, they will lose out on Ealy. Since this mock draft doesn't take trades into account, this pick assumes Ealy will be gone by pick No. 47. Despite missing out on the impressive defensive end, Nix would be a fine consolation prize.
Before Day 2 is over, Dallas needs to address its need at defensive tackle need and Nix is the perfect player to do so with. CBSsports.com's Rob Rang and Dane Brugler compare him to B.J. Raji, albeit noting his lack of consistency. While that may be a red flag, his ability to utilize his big frame and overpower defenders is worth the risk.
Round 3, Pick No. 78: Jackson Jeffcoat
He's the perfect player to come in and provide help at defensive end. Jeffcoat knows how and when to use his power and speed to make life difficult for offenses. For his impressive senior season, he was chosen as the 2013 recipient of the Ted Hendricks Award for best defensive end in the nation.
Jeffcoat has all the talent to succeed in the NFL. With the help of Marinelli's coaching, he can become as successful as his father was in a Dallas uniform.
Round 4, Pick No. 119: AJ McCarron
Dallas still really needs to address safety but at this point it's worth waiting if a solid quarterback is available. McCarron isn't exactly polished and ready for the NFL but the Cowboys don't need him to be.
Romo still has some years to go before hanging up the cleats and McCarron could learn plenty from No. 9. If anyone knows the benefits of holding the clip board and being an understudy, it's the former undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois.
It's time to draft Romo's heir and McCarron would be a nice fit if Dallas can land him in the fourth.
Round 5, Pick No. 158: Ed Reynolds
It feels pretty late to take a safety but Ed Reynolds is no slouch. At 6'2", 205 pounds he has a nice frame that comes in handy in coverage. The Stanford product showed great ability to fly to the ball-carrier and make smart calls in college.
Given Dallas' muddled safety situation, he has as good a chance as Wilcox, Heath or Johnson to win the starting gig opposite Church.
Round 7, Pick No. 229: Mike Davis
Davis is another Texas product that Dallas has to like. He is a homegrown talent with an ability to burst off the line of scrimmage and fly by would-be defenders. Catching eight touchdowns for the Longhorns in 2013 gives an example of his reliable hands. Given time, he could develop into a solid No. 3 or No. 4 option for the 'Boys.
Round 7, Pick No. 231: David Fluellen
With Phillip Tanner gone and an underwhelming rookie season from Joseph Randle, a running back is a late-round need. Lance Dunbar and Randle could use a good camp battle to keep them motivated and their eyes on grabbing that No. 2 spot on the depth chart.
Round 7, Pick No. 238: Tyler Starr
Dallas has seen what can happen to your defense when your linebackers are plagued with injuries. Starr would serve as a nice backup to have so the team doesn't have to look toward the street if the injury bug hits the linebackers again in 2014.
Round 7, Pick No. 248: Gabe Ikard
Frederick was a great fit at center last season and performed well, but Dallas could use another center purely for depth reasons. Phil Costa is no longer on the roster, and Frederick and Ryan Cook could use an insurance policy just in case injuries occur.
Round 7, Pick No. 251: Matt Patchan
Ikard will provide some good depth on the offensive line but another body would be helpful. Patchan has all the raw qualities of a good tackle. He stays balanced, fires off on every snap and is generally reliable to hold his block. He'd be a nice addition to backups Darrion Weems and Jermey Parnell at the position.
Round 7, Pick No. 254: Kendall James
Dallas doesn't have a huge need to address cornerback but at pick No. 254, it's a good position to add depth to. Orlando Scandrick, Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr are the top CBs but they could use some backups. James can provide the Cowboys with a young corner to attempt to develop. At the very least, he's another name to add to a bit of a shallow position depth chart.