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Dallas Cowboys Mock Drafts Address Needs at 3 Different Positions

“Tier two” of NFL is here, meaning the can set their sights on adding depth and filling the holes left by departed FAs and .

It may take another week for to reflect the losses of both starters by the Cowboys, but the ongoing draft process does not slow down at any point. A few of the names the Cowboys will bring in for pre-draft 30 visits have already been released, and this week's roundup of national mock drafts continues to address the overall needs on this Dallas roster.

CBS Sports: Calvin Ridley, WR – Alabama

CBS Sports' R.J. White:

“Ridley's stock is down after an unimpressive combine, but the Cowboys decided to use one of their predraft visits on the talented wideout, who might not fall any further than this pick. Considering is one of the team's biggest needs, they could jump at the chance to draft Ridley, who could eventually take over the No. 1 role if the Cowboys move on from Dez Bryant next , which would save them more than $12 million on the cap.”

Analysis:

The Dallas Cowboys will be meeting with free agent WR today, a tangible second receiver that could immediately upgrade ' position. Hurns, unlike the lesser-known pass catchers the Cowboys looked at previously in free agency, may have enough talent entering his fifth season to take Calvin Ridley out of consideration in the .

For now, Ridley should absolutely remain in the conversation as this draft's top receiver. Frequently finding his way to the Cowboys in many post-Combine mock drafts, the Alabama star is just getting started in reaching his football potential and becoming an option for on the outside.

Draft Wire: Vita Vea, DT – Washington

USA Today Draft Wire's Jacob Infante:

“Vea could realistically go higher than No. 19, but there may not be a ton of teams willing to draft a early on in the draft. Vea’s much different from the average nose , though, which is something the Cowboys would see firsthand if they were to pick him.”

Analysis:

The hype for as a prospective Dallas Cowboys target has died down ever since mentioned the team's preference to find 1T DTs with the traits to also rush the passer as a 3T. Simply being “different from the average nose tackle,” as Infante writes here, may not be enough for Vea to be selected at 19th overall by the Cowboys.

Should the Cowboys be surprisingly wiped out at both and on their board, considering a rare prospect like Vea and the impact he could make in 's scheme could become much more realistic though.

An investment like Vea at nose tackle feels like the safest way for the Cowboys to protect their investment on DE – while also potentially boosting the play of and inside at DT.

Drafttek: Isaiah Wynn, G – Georgia

Drafttek's Long Ball:

“…  played LOT for the SEC Champion and National Champion runner-up . Bill O'Brien's South staff moved Wynn inside and he was easily the most impressive interior OL prospect during practice sessions…”

Analysis:

This would be one of the highest value picks the Dallas Cowboys could make at 19th overall. As it stands today, this team is in need of a starting they can trust, which Isaiah Wynn can be from day one at the next level.

Despite their clear need up front, using another first round pick on an offensive lineman will surely generate some eyes rolls around Dallas on draft night. As if his mauling style of play and NFL-ready build aren't enough for the Cowboys to sell their fans on Wynn, his flexibility to provide needed depth at OT puts this Georgia product over the top.

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Recent trades by the and to shake up the draft order may just be scratching the surface for the run of quarterbacks that takes place annually atop each draft. With as many as five QBs coming off the board prior to the Cowboys' first pick, their ability to add a quality starter at a position of need looks good.

Exactly what these positions of need will be by the end of free agency, and which prospects fill needs in Dallas, will update weekly as we continue to prepare you for the 2018 here at .

Sean Martin
Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Chuck Wright

VV is my #1. . .he would make more of an impact than any other player we target. . .Ridley, I get it and even if we need more help on D, he takes T-Will’s job in year 1 and Dez’ in year 2 (I figure we let dez screw up the team and locker room for anohter year since he’s Jerry’s buddy). While Wynn or Hernadez would be nice, neither upgrades teh team like the others.

JMHO. . . .

We need 2 LBs (kid we signed is pure back up/ST demon) 1 Tech WR with speed and can catch S OG OT and TE in no real order.

Think we landed our 3rd down RB, have you watched the vids of this kid? We upgraded the spot.

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