Dallas Cowboys: RaShede Hageman

IRVING, Texas -- ESPN Insider Mel Kiper Jr. has offered up his second-round mock draft and he has the Dallas Cowboys taking Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy with the 47th pick overall.

You need to be an Insider to see all of the picks Insider, but Ealy to the Cowboys makes some sense considering the Cowboys need help along the defensive line.

The guy I would prefer is Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence, but he is not available in Kiper’s second-round mock. I believe Lawrence is the best right defensive end available and would be able to step in to play right away. Ealy is more of a left defensive end -- and possibly a tackle -- and the Cowboys would appear to have plenty of those guys in Anthony Spencer, Jeremy Mincey, Tyrone Crawford and George Selvie.

In addition to Ealy, he had Timmy Jernigan, Jeremiah Attaochu and Ra'Shede Hageman available at the Cowboys’ pick.

Cowboys Twitter mailbag, Part 2

March, 22, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- Part 2 of the Dallas Cowboys Twitter mailbag is ready.

In it we touch on the draft ramifications of signing Henry Melton, Sean Lee’s position and Rod Marinelli’s future.

If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.

Away we go:

 

Kiper/McShay mock draft reax: Cowboys

February, 6, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- Mel Kiper Insider and Todd McShay Insider have many differences in their mock drafts, but when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys the two ESPN Insiders have the same name: Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

The Cowboys could use a safety opposite Barry Church, but the biggest need for the Cowboys is along the defensive line.

Kiper and McShay had five defensive lineman drafted by the time they had the Cowboys pick at No. 17 (evidently they believe the Cowboys will lose the coin flip to the Baltimore Ravens at the NFL Scouting Combine): Jadeveon Clowney, Anthony Barr, Khalil Mack, Timmy Jernigan and Louis Nix were gone by the 15th pick.

Kiper did not have another defensive lineman going in the first round. McShay had two more: Stephon Tuitt, whom he projected to the Cowboys in his first mock draft, and Ra'Shede Hageman.

If evaluations of Kiper and McShay hold true through May, then the Cowboys could find themselves in a dead spot for defensive linemen with the No. 17 pick, which is why Clinton-Dix makes sense. Louisville’s Calvin Pryor could also get into the mix as well.

But what about an offensive lineman like Notre Dame’s Zack Martin? The Cowboys have taken Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick in the first round in two of the past three years to build a core on the line. Martin could be the third.

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