Top Ten 2014 Draft Prospects For The Dallas Cowboys First Round Pick

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Aug 29, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Bryn Renner (2) scrambles as he is pursued by South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

With the Dallas Cowboys deep into a playoff race with just four weeks left in the NFL season, speculating on next year’s draft is admittedly premature. For one, the season isn’t over yet and the exact draft order has yet to be determined. Secondly, college underclassman have until mid-January to declare themselves eligible to be drafted in May or opt to remain enrolled at their respective universities for the following year. Finally, a lot of things could change between now and the draft, most importantly the analysis gained from the NFL Scouting Combine which is scheduled for late February.

Still, this is also the time early mock drafts begin appearing and the upcoming bowl season only heightens that excitement. And as Cowboys fans, we are not immune to said excitement. Therefore, I present my way too early top ten prospects that the Cowboys could pick in the first round next year based on need and current projected draft status.

Now, let me preface this list by stating there are obvious players you take in the first round, especially if they drop to you. Names like Jadeveon Clowney, the defensive end out of South Carolina or UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr. Both of these players are currently projected to be top five picks in next year’s draft and should be snatched up immediately if available at Dallas’ pick. But based on our projected win/loss standings, I’d estimate the Cowboys pick to be in the low-mid twenties. And the following prospects, which are in no particular order, should be available at that time or have a chance to be. The list begins on the following page…

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