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Drafttek.com, 4/3/2012: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
When all things are equal, go BIG! Normally, a smart idea in drafting both football & basketball players; however, in this case, not all things are equal. There is probably a 25% chance the Cowboys trade up, 10% chance they stay at 14, and 65% chance they trade down . . . nevertheless, at #14 the 2nd best CB in this year's draft class is good value, especially when CB Jenkins starts the "mo money" chant in the last year of his rookie contract!
Ryan van Bibber, SBNation, 4/2/2012: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Dallas' defense disappointed everyone last year, it may have even cost Rob Ryan a shot at a head coaching job. Holes in the secondary were obvious, but the Cowboys also need an impact player at defensive end. Brockers is one option for the Cowboys, who might be inclined to trade out of this pick.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com, 4/2/2012: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Cowboys added a big-time cornerback in Brandon Carr during free agency, but that won't preclude the team from taking another cover man in the draft. Kirkpatrick possesses the athleticism and length to match up with the elite receivers in the NFC, and his toughness on the edge will improve the unit's performance against the run and pass.
Russ Lande, Sporting News, 4/2/2012: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Rob Rang, NFLdraftscout.com, 4/2/2012: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
The Cowboys awarded free agent Brandon Carr a $50 million contract in free agency but with depth a concern in a division featuring Eli Manning, Michael Vick and soon-to-be Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, cornerback remains a key area of need. Gilmore has the size, athleticism and physicality to be a standout in Rob Ryan's aggressive scheme.
Dane Brugler, NFLdraftscout.com, 4/2/2012: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
The Cowboys added a pair of guards in free agency (Nate Livings, Mackenzy Bernadeau), but need to continue and add depth on the interior of the offensive line. DeCastro isn't a flashy, household name, but the smash-mouth blocker might be the best guard prospect to enter the league in the past decade. Despite starting all 39 games in his collegiate career at right guard, NFL teams believe he can also be just as effective at left guard or center.
Sideline Scouting, 4/2/2012: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Cowboys fans would be beyond upset at the thought of DeCastro being sniped from them by the Cardinals, but landing Fletcher Cox would be a nice consolation prize. Marcus Spears ranked among the worst 3-4 defensive ends in the league last year according to Pro Football Focus and Cox would fit nicely next to nose tackle Jay Ratliff. Cox lined up as a 4-3 defensive tackle in college, but his best fit is as a 5-technique in a three-man front. The Cowboys addressed their secondary with the signing of Brandon Carr but could look to Alabama safety Mark Barron, but Cox is a better value pick here.