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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Kiper's mock has Prince at No. 9

By Calvin Watkins

With Mock Draft 3.0 now available, Mel Kiper still has the Cowboys taking Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara at No.9. What's also interesting is Kiper points out the possibility of the Cowboys trading down to get some offensive line help.

Says Kiper: "This is a pick I've stuck with through the first two mocks. Again, because the mock draft can't account for draft board trades -- the Cowboys could certainly deal down the board, particularly if they target the offensive line -- Dallas could do a lot worse than to grab the best pure technician at the corner position."

What's interesting about Kiper's mock is Da'Quan Bowers, the defensive end from Clemson, is going No. 8 to Tennessee. But there are two defensive ends, J.J. Watt from Wisconsin and Robert Quinn of North Carolina, who go after Amukamara. I can see all three players in Cowboys' uniforms in 2011.

Nothing against the young man from Nebraska, but having a strong pass rush can solve some of these secondary problems the Cowboys had during the 2010 season.

It seems the only long-term commitment this team has at the end position goes to Igor Olshansky. The other two ends, Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher, were given second-round tenders. The uncertanity of the CBA could allow Bowen and Hatcher to become unrestricted free agents.

If that's the case and if that decision is made before the draft, I wonder if the Cowboys still focus on the cornerback position?