2010 NFL Mock Draft, Fans' Pick Edition: No. 27 - Dallas Cowboys
After a wildly successful run in the early 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys became a team identified by futility. That finally changed last year, when they shook off their recent playoff demons to defeat division rival Philadelphia in the first round of the last postseason. With the Eagles in the midst of a rebuilding effort, the Cowboys are well-positioned to take hold of a very tough NFC East division for years to come.
Yet everything isn't sunshine and lollipops for the franchise. Franchise left tackle Flozell Adams was finally let go this offseason, as was starting free safety Ken Hamlin. As a result, both positions represent weaknesses on the team and should be the focus of the team's early-round picks. The Cowboys could also use young talent at inside linebacker, and at the receiver position opposite breakout sensation Miles Austin.
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Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers; Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland: You usually don't see quality left tackle prospects available at the end of the first round, but that's exactly what's happened here. Landing Davis would be a coup, but the team should be satisfied with Campbell instead, especially if safeties Earl Thomas and Taylor Mays are off the board.
Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame; Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois; Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech. The Cowboys caught lightning in a bottle when Austin caught fire in 2009. Roy Williams was a big-ticket acquisition during the season a few years ago, but he's failed to live up to expectations in Dallas. The Cowboys will consider bringing in his eventual successor in the form of Tate, Benn or Thomas.
Daryl Washington, LB, Texan Christian. An inside linebacker at TCU, Washington brings blazing speed to the linebacker position. He'd play outside in a 4-3 scheme, but he could find himself at home inside in Dallas' 3-4. He'll be an asset on special teams right from the get-go while he learns the defensive playbook and matures.
Nate Allen, S, South Florida. If the Cowboys aren't in love with the tackle options at No. 27, they could reach a bit to fill their free safety need and select Allen. He racked up 224 tackles and nine interceptions in his three years as a starter at USF. He has great leadership qualities and should be a solid starter at free safety in the NFL.