Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Go Offensive In Final FanSided Mock Draft; Analysis By NFP

Finally, the day is upon us Dallas Cowboys’ fans. After months of speculation and many weekly TLH Mock drafts, the first night of the 2013 NFL Draft is here. To mark the occasion, every editor from our 32 FanSided NFL fan sites participated in a first round Mock Draft, all representing their respective teams in their own personal draft war rooms. On top of their selections and explanations, the National Football Post also provided analysis of each pick via their draft expert, Russ Lande.

With the 18th pick in the 2013 FanSided NFL Mock Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select…

Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

Steven Mullenax, Landry Hat Editor: The Dallas Cowboys are rumored to like 15 different players in the first round of the NFL draft. It will be a tough choice if Cooper, D.J. Fluker and Tavon Austin are all still on the board at No. 18. But the Cowboys’ need on the interior of their young offensive line combined with the talent rating of Cooper should be too much for Dallas to ignore. Plus, they just locked up quarterback Tony Romo for $108 million and they need to protect their investment.

Russ Lande: The Cowboys have a surprising number of needs and upgrading their offensive line is a big one. Jon Cooper is an athletic guard who is very productive blocking in-line and out in space.  He would start from Day 1 and provide an immediate upgrade for their offensive line.

To see the entire article and first round mock draft, visit our friends over the National Football Post by clicking here.

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