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

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Defensive End Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (7) sacks USC Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Measurables: 6-5, 303, 4.89

CBS Big Board Rank: 14th Overall

Walter Football Big Board Rank: 16th Overall

Quick Analysis: Tuitt is part of a strong defensive line that helped take Notre Dame to the National Championship game last year and allowed linebacker Mante’ Teo to roam freely in the defensive midfield. Although the big man didn’t find the same success this season, Tuitt was an effective run-stopper and recorded 44 tackles and 7.5 six sacks for the Irish this year. Many experts consider him the best defensive end available in the draft next to Clowney.

Cowboys Angle: The Dallas Cowboys already have Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Ware. They also found a gem in journeyman end George Selvie this season. But it is unlikely the Cowboys will re-sign Anthony Spencer this offseason due to their salary cap issues. And the young Tyrone Crawford will be returning from a season-ending injury to his left Achilles tendon, but no one knows exactly what effect that will have on his future play.

Depending upon your feelings about the age of Ware and Selvie’s long-term status as a starter in the NFL, the Cowboys could be in desperate need at defensive end. Tuitt would certainly fill that need. And NFL Mocks calls him a “tweener” who is fast enough to play outside at defensive end but big and strong enough to move inside to defensive tackle. And Dallas probably has a bigger need at tackle than defensive end at this point. Getting a highly ranked player that has position flexibility sounds like the ultimate Rod Marinelli guy to me.

Source Links: NFL Mocks, CBS Sports Big Board, Walter Football Big Board

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  • Zach Young

    Imagine getting Tuitt in the 1st, Yankey in the 2nd and then Sutton in the 3rd. Wouldn’t mind the guard Gabe Jackson and that DT Donald from Pitt either. Our lines would be good to go! Throw in the safety Boston from UNC and that QB from Eastern Illinois and I would be ecstatic!

  • ctcowboy1968

    It is highly unlikely that the Cowboys pick in the mid 20′s. They would have to make the playoffs to be in that position. Right now the playoffs are a stretch. It is more likely that they pick in the mid teens.
    Forget Trent and Beasley, they are to small. The need at DE is greater than people think. Ware is done and only a goodplayer now, not elite. OG would be great. Then the OL would be complete for sometime to come. Lots of youth to grow together. Berny is the weak link. DL is the greatest need.