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Mel Kiper Mock Draft: Cowboys Come Away With Timmy Jernigan

Defensive tackle is still a priority for Dallas, unless they can get Henry Melton or Jason Hatcher.

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We've been pretty much consumed with free agency here over the past few days, but there's still a draft coming up. So let's dive back into a mock draft for a moment, this one courtesy of Mel Kiper at ESPN. This is Kiper's third version of a mock draft, and in this one the Cowboys end up with Timmy Jernigan out of Florida State University.

16 Timmy Jernigan Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
COLLEGE: Florida State Class: Jr HT: 6-1WT: 299 POS: DT

Analysis: DeMarcus Ware is gone, but even if he stayed the defensive line would have to be a draft priority. The D-line in Dallas needs a youth movement. If you just go on performance, Jernigan is a steal at this point in the draft and Dallas doesn't need to overthink it. But while Jernigan has good tape to fall back on, he could still be better and become a force for whoever drafts him. He's a good athlete given his size and will continue to improve his technique playing on the inside.

Jernigan has certainly become one of the near-consensus picks for the Cowboys now that Aaron Donald has shot up draft boards after stellar Senior Bowl and Combine performances (along with an excellent college career). As we're seeing more and more recently, Kiper has Donald going to the Bears at #14.

Other players still on the board that the Cowboys could have interest in were OL Zack Martin, S Calvin Pryor, LBs C.J. Mosley and Ryan Shazier and DT Ra'Shede Hageman. Also, Dee Ford, who is probably a better fit at a 3-4 linebacker but his speed and pass-rushing ability have to be intriguing.

So, who would you take from that group including Jernigan?

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