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2013 NFL Draft: The Big Board 1.0

With the Dallas Cowboys and their needs in mind, here is a closer look at the 50 best prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Chris Trotman

It took a very long time before I could actually sit down and get a feel for this year's draft class. This draft is going to be an interesting one because it lacks talent towards the top, but there is going to be depth through the second and third round. The Dallas Cowboys sit at an interesting spot with the 18th overall pick because they typically set up their board with around 20 first-round grades.

This really isn't a strong draft, but it still offers the Cowboys a chance to fill in some holes and add young talent. When I first started putting together my board back in 2011, my overall goal was to just rank the best players available. Since then, the board has changed and has become primarily a board assembled with the Dallas Cowboys in mind. Considering the Cowboys have certain needs, some positions come into a higher priority than others.

Tony Romo is our starting quarterback and he's a good one. With Romo under contract, the Cowboys don't have to reach for a quarterback. They do need to add a developmental prospect for the long-term, but there truly isn't a need to pick one before the third round. Cornerback isn't a pressing need because the team has spent a lot of resources upgrading that position last year.

The true areas of need included offensive line, defensive line, safety, wide receiver and linebacker. Running back is also a need for the Cowboys, but outside of one running back this class didn't offer a lot of options for me to include in the top 50. This class is rich in running back talent after the second round, and because of that value you can afford to wait on that position and use a selection later in the draft

Depending on the position, certain needs drove players up or down the board. This board attempts to combine to the needs of the Cowboys, but at the same time it also tries to keep talented players who don't necessarily fit a need in the loop.

The Top 50

Rank Player Position College
1 Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
3 Dion Jordan DE Oregon
4 Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5 Chance Warmack OG Alabama
6 Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
7 Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
8 Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
9 Alec Ogletree OLB Georgia
10 Dee Milliner CB Alabama
11 Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
12 Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
13 Ezekiel Ansah DE Brigham Young
14 Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
15 Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
16 Star Lotulelei DT Utah
17 Kenny Vaccaro FS Texas
18 Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M
19 Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
20 Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
21 Geno Smith QB West Virginia
22 D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
23 Desmond Trufant CB Washington
24 Datone Jones DE UCLA
25 Kawann Short DT Purdue
26 Arthur Brown OLB Kansas State
27 Eric Reid FS LSU
28 Cornellius Carradine DE Florida State
29 Keenan Allen WR California
30 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
31 Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina
32 Jonathan Cyprien SS Florida International
33 Jesse Williams DT Alabama
34 Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame
35 Alex Okafor DE Texas
36 Zach Ertz TE Stanford
37 Matt Elam SS Florida
38 Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
39 Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
40 Larry Warford OG Kentucky
41 Kevin Minter ILB LSU
42 Terron Armstead OT Arkansas-Pine Bluff
43 Justin Hunter WR Tennessee
44 David Amerson CB North Carolina State
45 Sam Montgomery DE LSU
46 DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
47 Robert Woods WR Southern California
48 Barrett Jones C Alabama
49 Johnthan Banks CB Mississippi State
50 Margus Hunt DE Southern Methodist

Here's how the Top 50 board splits out by position groups

Geno Smith Tavon Austin Tyler Eifert Eddie Lacy Luke Joeckel Chance Warmack
Cordarrelle Patterson Zach Ertz Eric Fisher Jonathan Cooper
Keenan Allen Lane Johnson Larry Warford
Justin Hunter D.J. Fluker Barrett Jones
DeAndre Hopkins Terron Armstead
Robert Woods
Sharrif Floyd Dion Jordan Barkevious Mingo Dee Milliner Kenny Vaccaro
Sheldon Richardson Bjoern Werner Alec Ogletree Xavier Rhodes Eric Reid
Star Lotulelei Ezekiel Ansah Jarvis Jones Desmond Trufant Jonathan Cyprien
Kawann Short Damontre Moore Arthur Brown David Amerson Matt Elam
Sylvester Williams Datone Jones Manti Te'o Johnthan Banks
Jesse Williams Cornellius Carradine Kevin Minter
Johnathan Hankins Alex Okafor
Sam Montgomery
Margus Hunt