2011 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds for the Dallas Cowboys

Colin KirschnerContributor IIMarch 2, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds for the Dallas Cowboys

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    SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21:  Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    Many would say the Dallas Cowboys had a great roster on paper last season—good enough that many experts had them in the Super Bowl.  

    However, as the season went along, it started to appear that maybe this team wasn't as good as everyone thought.  This was partially due to big-time injuries to large pieces that fit the Cowboys puzzle.

    With this being said, Dallas has looked forward to the draft for several months now.

    The "Boys," hold one pick in each of the seven-rounds in this April's draft. 

    So, who will they Cowboys be selecting on draft day?

Round 7: Demarcus Van Dyke CB Miami

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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  DeVier Posey #8 of the Ohio State Buckeyes battles with DeMarcus Van Dyke #8 for possession of a pass at Ohio Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  The pass was incomplete.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 176 pounds

    Demarcus Van Dyke played all four-years at Miami, he is quite the athlete, running on the track team as well.

    He is a project that has crazy speed (4.28 forty time) and eventually could become a great return man. If he is able to play on special teams this could help preserve the health of Felix Jones and Dez Bryant.

    However, as stated above, he is a project who is still very raw at the corner position.  He lacks good anticipation skills who at times gets caught out of position.

    All and all this could be a good pick for the Cowboys in the seventh-round.

Round 6: Chris Neild NT West Virginia

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Defensive lineman Chris Neild #90 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after the Mountaineers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 48-28 after the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium January 2, 2008 in Glend
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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 319 pounds

    Chris Neild has the size and strength to play nose tackle at the next level. He is very effective against the run, an area the Cowboys could look to improve upon in 2011. 

    When on the field, he plays very physical and gives it his all till the whistle.  This could be a booster and help give Jay Ratliff some breathing room in-between downs.

    Again, this young-man will be a project. However, thanks to his experience in a three-set-line he shows potential to work with at the tackle position.

Round 5: David Arkin OG Missouri State

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Leonard Davis #70 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 300 pounds

    This pick could be labeled as taking-a-chance, but with guard, Leonard Davis, turning 33-year's-old this September, this is a position that needs to be addressed.

    David Arkin was a full-time starter for State at right guard who even played a little bit of tackle, adding some versatility to his game.

    To become a legit pro, he will need to work on his pass blocking.  On the flip side, he is a smart player who plays with a high-motor at all times.

    If given the opportunity to play behind Davis, his knowledge at the position can only grow.

Round 4: Pernell McPhee DE Mississippi State

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 13: Defensive lineman Pernell McPhee #90 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs sacks quarterback A. J. McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide November 13, 2010 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Al Messersch
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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 278 pounds

    With the departure of Marcus Spears along with one-year remaining on Jason Hatcher's and Stephen Bowen's contract, defensive end is a must need for the Cowboys.

    Pernell McPhee plays with a big-motor who is great against the run.  Again, an area the Cowboys need to get better at this up coming season.

    Adding McPhee to the equation would give the defensive line a boost and another man to the rotation.

    This is being said, predicting down the line, he can become an every-down starter.

Round 3: Deunta Williams FS North Carolina

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 22:  Rod Owens #86 of the Florida State Seminoles battles for the football with North Carolina Tar Heels defender Deunta Williams #27 at Kenan Stadium on October 22, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/
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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 205 pounds

    The Cowboys safety position has needed an upgrade for quite some time and they could find a eventual starter in Deunta Williams.

    Someone who has been known to be a work-horse on-and-off the field during his tenure at Chapel Hill—an attribute the Cowboys have lacked in year's of recent past.

    With the coverage skills to play at the next level, he will need to become better in the run game in order to be a starting safety.

    This kid is a football player who has a high IQ and should be in a starting line up in the next couple of year's.

Round 2: Mike Pouncey OG/C Florida

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 08: Mike Pouncey #55 of the Florida Gators reacts after a play against the Oklahoma Sooners in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 303 pounds

    The Cowboys current center Andre Gurode turns 32-year's-old in March and could hang up the cleats after another season.

    In comes, Mike Pouncey.  The younger brother of Pittsburgh's All-Pro rookie center, Maurkice Pouncey.

    Mike has a huge football IQ, along with quick feet and great hands, similar to his brother.

    All signs point to a successful career for this young-man who should learn even more playing a year behind Gurode.

Round 1: Prince Amukamara DB Nebraska

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Prince Amukamara #21 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers misses a chance at an interception from Scotty McKnight #21 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half of their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Neb
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    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 206 pounds

    Dallas has lacked a consistent premiere shut down corner due to Terrance Newman constantly being hurt.

    Prince Amukamara would be able to come in and make an immediate impact in the passing game on defense. He has great size, speed and and an IQ that can make him one of the leagues elite corners.

    With great ball skills and hands like a receiver, there could be a new island on the map in Dallas in 2011, "Prince Island."