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Cowboys mock draft roundup: It’s a toss-up between offense and defense

With the 26th pick in this year's , the Dallas Cowboys undoubtedly will aim to select a player who can make an impact quickly. Whether that player is on or , the will likely ensure their selection is a guy who can play right away – rather than chasing a developmental project.

Now I'm not here to tell you which side of the ball or player they should target. Rather than that, I'm here to give you the consensus outlook that could hint at which side they favor or prospect.

However, after skimming through several mock drafts, I can't tell which side, prospect, or position the team likely targets in the . But that's not entirely bad, as it gives an outlook that people believe they're aiming for the best player available, and they're not narrowing on just one position.

So with that in mind, check out which players were selected in these four mock drafts below.

CBS Sports: Clemson lb trenton Simpson

We start with writer Josh Edward's , as he has the Cowboys drafting Clemson LB Trenton Simpson, who he describes as having a versatile skillset. 

This pick isn't bad, as Simpson has freakish athleticism and speed that the team could pair with . Additionally, with LB possibly leaving in , adding Simpson could bode well for their future.

If you told me Parsons, Simpson, and LBs and make up my linebacker room, then I'm a happy camper. TCU WR Quentin Johnston

Next, we have NFL analyst Bucky Brooks' Mock Draft 2.0. With the 26th pick, Brooks has the Cowboys landing TCU WR Quentin Johnston, who he describes as a speedster with big-play potential. 

After seeing this pick, I was surprised since Johnston has been getting labeled as the top wideout in this year's draft. But if the team landed a big-bodied wideout like him, they would be able to take some pressure off Wide Reciever .

I doubt Johnston falls, but stranger things have happened.


Third, we have Pro Football Network Ian Cummings' mock draft. With the 26th pick, Cummings selected Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr, adding that the team could use a corner like him to pair with .

Porter Jr. is a great pick, and his length is something that DC looks for in a corner. Plus, he has NFL bloodlines. 

If you asked me what position they should target in the first round, “cornerback” is the word I would scream a 1000-times. Even if Porter Jr. isn't there, there are guys like Devon Witherspoon, Christian Gonzalez, , and Emmanuel .

La times: Tennessee wr jalin Hyatt

Lastly, we have LA Times staff writer Sam Farmer's mock draft. For the Cowboys, Farmer selected Tennessee WR Jalin Hyatt, adding the to help Lamb – indicating that Hyatt could be that guy.

It was clear this past season that it was the Lamb show every week. And while that sounds fine and dandy, the team was in trouble when he wasn't open. Plus, they had no one to stretch the field, and their longest touchdown was wideout to , who was signed off the street late and is on the tail end of his career.

Hyatt showed scouts that he could produce in a tough conference like the SEC, which has NFL-ready players on each team. WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Boston College WR Zay Flowers, North Carolina WR , and himself are likely the wideouts that could be available when it's time for the Boys to pick.

But if the team wants to inject speed into their lineup, Hyatt is a layup pick.

Rocky Garza Jr
Rocky Garza Jr
Rolling with the Boyz since 96'. Chop up sports with me on Twitter @rockssjr.

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