Dallas Cowboys 2011 Draft: What Just Happened? What Comes Next?

Quick review time. The Cowboys entered the 2011 NFL Draft with major holes at offensive tackle and safety. They had a need at defensive end, inside linebacker and could use help at cornerback as well as offensive guard. If there was a future stud at defensive tackle, he was worth taking. Those were the perceived needs when analyzing the current roster.

The Cowboys fulfilled the major need at offensive tackle with the top prospect at the position, USC's Tyron Smith. From there though, we caught a glimpse at how the Cowboys brass sees things, and the vision was a lot different than the one a lot of fans had.That's not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes, the confusion is warranted. Only time will tell for this draft class, which is always the case for both positive and negative opinions.

The selection of UNC's Bruce Carter shows that the Cowboys did not currently have the right mix of linebackers for Rob Ryan's exotic schemes. I envision Carter as at least the nickel linebacker as soon as the bye week. The Cowboys then turned around and selected Oklahoma running back Demarco Murray in the third round. To me, this not only signals that Marion Barber will be a cap casualty as soon as legally possible, but also that the team doesn't have any long range plans for Tashard Choice. Could it be possible that the team has a wink-wink deal ready to go for Choice? I'm rationalizing... I know.

Here's what you need to remember about the draft starting with round four. The big boards mean everything now. How you evaluated the middle tiers of the draft will determine the true grade of your draft in years to come. Often times, you could have a prospect ranked #100 and get him in the sixth round.

 Follow the jump for a look at the prospects that could fit into Dallas' plans on Day Three of the 2011 Draft.

Here's SB Nation's Draft Site, MockingTheDraft.com's top 10 remaining available players. Here's the link to the top 30.

Rank Player Position College
1 Clint Boling G Georgia
2 Sam Acho DE Texas
3 Quan Sturdivant LB UNC
4 Edmund Gates WR Abilene Christian
5 Marcus Cannon G TCU
6 Christian Ballard DE Iowa
7 DeMarcus Love G Arkansas
8 Virgil Green TE Nevada
9 Johnny White RB UNC
10 Chris Hairston TE Clemson

 

Here's a look at some of the top remaining prospects by position:

Safety

DeAndre McDaniel

Deunta Williams

Ahmad Black

Robert Sands

Tyler Sash

Quinton Carter

Da'Norris Searcy

Cornerback

Davon House

Brandon Burton

Chykie Brown

Buster Skrine

Jalil Brown

Korey Lindsey

Rashad Carmichael

Brandon Burton

Offensive Guard

Jason Pinkston

Marcus Cannon

Clint Boling

Stephen Schilling

DeMarcus Love

Defensive End

Lawrence Guy

Christian Ballard

Cedric Thornton

Nose Tackle

Jerrel Powe

Center

Brandon Fusco

Jake Kirkpatrick

Tim Barnes

Outside Linebacker

Sam Acho

Chris Carter

Steven Friday

Inside Linebacker

Quan Sturdivant

Fullback

Owen Marecic

Henry Hynoski

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