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Cowboys On The Clock

Our Fan Mock Draft has been cruel to some teams, for instance robbing the Kansas City Chiefs of an opportunity to pick either Fletcher Cox or Luke Kuechly with the 11th pick. But the Dallas Cowboys, in this scenario, would be absolutely thrilled with the players still available on their draft board.

The Cowboys have long been rumored to be interested in Alabama safety Mark Barron. On the eve of the draft, many whispers are beginning to suggest that Barron could find himself off the board as high as the top five picks and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that there was "no chance" that Barron will be available for the Cowboys' plucking at No. 14. But here's here in this scenario and the Cowboys could add Barron to immediately take the spot of the perennially underwhelming Gerald Sensabaugh.

But Barron's not the only player the Cowboys have reportedly coveted for a while. Dontari Poe, the Memphis defensive tackle, has been a fascination for Jerry Jones and co. according to's Tony Pauline and he too is on the board here. Poe is athletic enough to handle responsibilities as a 3-4 defensive end for the Cowboys while Jay Ratliff continues to man the nose tackle at a Pro Bowl level, or Poe could rotate in with Ratliff. The Cowboys have certainly been known to desire athletically gifted players, and the 6-4, 346-pound Poe, who ran a 4.98-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine would certainly qualify.

If the Cowboys look to snag the best player available, that could be South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The Cowboys signed Brandon Carr in free agency to a big-money deal, which would make a Gilmore selection unlikely, but there's always room for talented players on the field at the cornerback position.

If an edge pass rusher is what they covet, the Cowboys could surprise with someone like Quinton Coples of North Carolina, Courtney Upshaw of Alabama or Whitney Mercillus of Illinois as well. But let's stick to the script, chances or the choice here will be Barron or Poe. As always, you get to make the call …

And then, finally, we'll get to the Eagles.

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