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2014 Mock Draft Tracker: Cowboys Targets Narrowing To Hageman, Jernigan And Donald?

Friday is mock draft day, and so we review 13 of the latest, greatest mock drafts published over the last seven days.

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Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan is being increasingly linked to the Cowboys.
Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan is being increasingly linked to the Cowboys.
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Today's roundup of 13 mocks published over the last seven days is heavy on defensive tackles and offers six prospects for your consideration.

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
FF Toolbox (Wagner), Feb 12 Comment: "In 2013, Jason Hatcher excelled at 3-technique DT totaling 11 sacks and 33 QB hurries but he's a 32 year old free agent and Dallas could look to infuse youth into their interior D-line. Hageman has pass rushing ability that is a must for a 3-technique DT in the Kiffin/Marinelli defense. The 6-foot-6, 318-pounder is an explosive pass rusher with the strength to hold up in the run game. He followed up an impressive 2012 season (35 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks) by amassing 38 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up and two sacks for the Gophers in his senior season."
DraftKing (Pickney), Feb 12 Comment: "Hageman could serve as a replacement for DT Jason Hatcher, who turns 32 before the start of the next season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent. The "Tampa Two" defense is predicated on the front four providing sufficient pressure on opposing quarterbacks, something Hageman should help with quite well."
SB Nation (Fairburn), Feb 10 Comment: "The Cowboys would be wise to try to find a trade partner and move back. They need help along the defensive line, and the later portion of the first round is a sweet spot for value at that position. Ra'Shede Hageman would be an ideal target for Dallas and he's a bit less risky at this spot."
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State,
Feb 14
Comment: "With Jason Hatcher headed to free agency and a big whole [sic] at DT, Jernigan would be a great fit. Last year, Jerry Jones surprised everyone by taking a C early on. As we saw, it was a great pick. Jernigan would help DeMarcus Ware and George Selvie attack the QB."
CBSSports (Prisco),
Feb 11
Comment: "They could lose Jason Hatcher and they need help inside anyway. Did you see who they played there with some last season?"
Draftseason (Falk),
Feb 11
Comment: "The Cowboys very well could be looking for a day 1 starter along the defensive line in round 1. Jernigan has great footwork and strength to be an important piece along the Cowboys defensive line, at times the FSU lineman completely dominating opposing offensive line."
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Shutdown Corner (Edholm), Feb 13 Comment: "This is almost a perfect fit. The Cowboys need someone who can penetrate into the backfield and help out whomever will be left after the team repairs its awful salary-cap situation. That likely includes waving goodbye to Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher, who will be too pricy [sic] to keep, so adding Donald — a Senior Bowl star whom Jerry Jones witnessed dominating in person — to Rod Marinelli’s scheme would be a terrific stroke."
Indy Sports Report (Arthur) Feb 13 Comment: "This is a brilliant move for the Cowboys to make. The defense was horrific last year and they need help all over. The ‘Boys are pretty strapped in terms of salary cap space, so they need to do their damage in the draft. Aaron Donald has been compared to Tennessee Titans’ defensive tackle Jurrell Casey – not a bad player to add to Dallas’ front seven."
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri,
Feb 12
Comment: "Dallas employed 20 different players on the defensive line during the 2013 season . . . let that sink in for a minute! Playing defense is reactionary and therefore takes more energy than playing offense, and the best teams can rotate defensive linemen to keep them fresh. Anthony Spencer was paid the franchise tag for a non-participatory season due to injury and DeMarcus Ware did not play up to his Pro Bowl standards. Spencer is an UFA and Ware counts $12.25 million against the 2014 cap. Will Tyrone Crawford come back from injury? George Selvie is a nice rotational piece, but the rest of the roster is filled with JAGs. Kony Ealy's explosion was on total display in Missouri's 2013 game against Florida."
DraftAce (McCrystal) Feb 9 Comment: "Just plug in the highest rated player who fits in the Cowboys front seven in this slot. Ealy is still somewhat raw, but has the tools to develop into an elite pass-rusher. By playing opposite DeMarcus Ware, Ealy would have an opportunity to learn from one of the best, while also taking some off the attention off Ware."
Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville (Jeremiah),
Feb 11
Comment: "The Cowboys have a need at safety and Pryor’s combination of range, ball skills and toughness would be tough to pass up." (McManaman), Feb 10 Comment: "I’m going with Pryor over my previous selection here, Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman. Dallas may deal out of this spot, which I’ve suggested before, so be prepared for anything. Safety is an area of need, but the entire defense needs help. It was the worst in the league last season."
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama (Davis), Feb 10 Comment: "The Cowboys changed defensive coordinators again. They need players to make Rod Marinelli's schemes work."

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