Time for another spin around the mock draft world.
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The Cowboys have two clearly defined needs at offensive guard and free safety so some may be surprised to see a cornerback here but there is a logical explanation. Word has it that Anthony Henry will be moving to free safety, which is probably a good thing since both Reggie Nelson and LaRon Landry figure to be gone by this point. However by filling one hole with that move they create another at cornerback opposite Terence Newman, which is where Aaron Ross comes in. After biding his time behind a talented stable of Longhorn defensive backs for most of his career Ross finally got a chance to start as a senior and boy did he take advantage of the opportunity, coming through with a number of impact plays and winning the Thorpe Award in the process. A great athlete who can also contribute as a return man, Ross will need to run well in workouts to secure a spot in round one but as of now all signs point to him going higher than some would expect. A guard like Ben Grubbs or Arron Sears could both be options here as well.
Dallas will look to upgrade their spotty offensive line with the best available lineman on the board. Tony Romo was a man on the run all season. Blalock, a two-time All-American, can play both the tackle and guard positions. At 6-4, 330, he's surprisingly quick on his feet. A Texas guy, this seems like the logical pick.
Off-field red flags will be enough to scare off some teams, but the Cowboys have always shown a willingness to gamble on greatness. Due to the press given to LaRon Landry and Reggie Nelson, Meriweather doesn't always get his due, but the former Hurricane is among this draft's top defenders and would fill a huge need as a coverage safety to pair with Roy Williams.
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Another player who is moving up the draft boards rapidly is the physical Bowe. He reminds some of current Cowboy Terrell Owens, in the way he uses his body to go after the ball. It may be surprising to see Dallas select a wide receiver in round 1, but both receivers are over 33, and there will always be questions with Terrell Owens. Dallas could use a nose tackle here also, but like Denver, finds an absence of an impact player at that position.