Cowboys picking from third tier of prospects

April, 10, 2012
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When the Cowboys pick at No. 14 in the first round, there will be a host of players the team will choose from.

Dallas could pick a cornerback, guard, safety or pass rusher.

What type of player will the Cowboys get at No. 14?

Last year, Tyron Smith was the ninth overall selection. Owner/general manager Jerry Jones wanted a player who could make an impact. Smith started 16 games at right tackle and when the season was over it was announced he would move to left tackle for the 2012 season.

This year?

ESPN's Todd McShay breaks down prospective prospects into tiers, and he's got the Cowboys at No. 14 selecting from the third tier of players.

You have to be an ESPN Insider to read it but here's a sampling of the players Dallas should be looking at: Ryan Tannehill, QB; Quinton Coples, DE; Michael Brockers, DT; David DeCastro, G; Stephon Gilmore, CB.

There are 12 players McShay has between picks 10-20 (the third tier).

It's a good list of players, which begs another question: Should the Cowboys remain at No. 14 or trade down?
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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