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Since there isn’t much Dallas Cowboys news going on at the moment and with the Scouting Combine just around the corner, I thought this would be a good time for a survey of mock drafts. These mocks are fun to look at but until moves are made in free agency they are semi-useless. Although, the Cowboys might not be major players in free agency this year except with their own free agents, so our needs come draft day may be very similar to what they are today.

Anyway, here’s a quick survey of some popular draft sites/gurus. Enjoy!

Mel Kiper

22 Dallas Cowboys (from CLE) Mario Manningham, WR Michigan

28 Dallas Cowboys Rashard Mendenhall, RB Illinois

Don Banks

22 RB Felix Jones Arkansas Jr. 6-0 205 If the Cowboys don't package their two No. 1's in an effort to move up and take Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, maybe they'll sit tight and settle for the Hogs' other play-making rusher. Jones would replace Julius Jones, and become the new half of the Marion Barber-Jones backfield tandem.

28 CB Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie Tenn. State Sr. 6-2 181 The Cowboys need someone solid opposite cornerback Terence Newman, and the likes of Anthony Henry and Jacques Reeves really isn't getting it done. Rodgers-Cromartie had a great Senior Bowl showing despite his small-school label, and the success of his cousin, San Diego's Antonio Cromartie, also adds to the first-round buzz he has generated in recent weeks.

Todd McShay

  1. Dallas Cowboys (from 10-6 Cleveland) -- Sam Baker, OT, USC

Record: 13-3 | Needs: CB, WR, OT, RB, ILB
Previous mock selection: Mario Manningham*, WR, Michigan
Assuming owner Jerry Jones doesn't package picks to trade up, expect Dallas to use its two picks to address needs at corner, receiver, offensive tackle and possibly running back. Baker's stock is dropping after an injury-plagued senior season and a mediocre showing at the Senior Bowl, but he possesses the athleticism and technique to surprise a lot of people at the next level.

  1. Dallas Cowboys -- Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas

Record: 13-3 | Needs: CB, WR, OT, ILB, RB
Previous mock selection: Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
If owner Jerry Jones can't strike a deal for McFadden, he could settle for Arkansas' other first-round running back prospect. Felix Jones is a speedster who could complement current Dallas RB Marion Barber well and provide a home run threat in the return game.

Scout.com

  1. Cowboys(from Browns) Mario Manningham WR 6-0 187 Michigan Junior Even though the Cowboys are picking up Terrell Owens' roster bonus next season, that doesn't mean they shouldn't think about the future. T.O. and Terry Glenn are in their thirties, so adding a young playmaker like Mario Manningham will give Dallas a receiver to build around.

Previous mock draft selection: Same

  1. Cowboys Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB 6-1 183 Tennessee State Senior The Cowboys got a receiver with their first pick that they can mold for the future, and now they will upgrade their defense. The secondary is a concern, and adding depth and a playmaker is ideal. Rodgers-Cromartie is rising fast up draft boards and may end up being a steal for the Cowboys.

Previous mock draft selection: Sam Baker

The Sports Xchange

22 DAL Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas

28 DAL Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas

Pete Prisco

  1. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
  1. Limas Sweed, WR, Texas

Scott Wright

  1. AQIB TALIB

CB | Kansas | Jacques Reeves is set to become a free agent and anyone who watched Dallas in '07 saw him get picked on early and often anyway so at the very least the Cowboys will need an upgrade in the nickel and if Anthony Henry ever makes his long-rumored move to safety then corner will become even more of a concern. Timed speed might be an issue with Aqib Talib but you can't question his size, athleticism or playmaking ability and there is a decent chance he could be long gone by this point, especially if he runs well in workouts. Wideout and running back will be possibilities here as well.

  1. FELIX JONES

RB | Arkansas |  With their second #1 pick the Cowboys could feel like they are playing with house money to a degree and while everyone assumes that Arkansas alumnus Jerry Jones wants Darren McFadden he might have to settle for another Hog running back. Julius Jones is an unrestricted free agent who is not expected back and Felix Jones would be a perfect replacement, providing some lightning to Marion Barber's thunder. Felix was also an All-American kick returner in college so that would be an added bonus. Wideout could be another possibility here since Terry Glenn has been wearing down.

Personally, I like Don Banks' mock the best of those listed above.