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

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Defensive End Trent Murphy, Stanford

Sep 28, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Trent Murphy (93) intercepts a pass by Washington State Cougars quarterback Austin Apodaca (17) during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Stanford defeated Washington State 55-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Measurables: 6-6, 261, 4.86

CBS Big Board Rank: 17th Overall

Walter Football Big Board Rank: 24th Overall

Quick Analysis: NFL Mocks calls Murphy a tough and gritty player and they expect him to be taken at the end of the first round. Despite being second in the nation with 13 sacks, his play has been a bit up and down this season. But the versatile Murphy has a broad skill set which includes a unique balance of power and technique with speed and explosiveness.

Cowboys Angle: Do the Cowboys actually have a need at defensive end? Sure. But is it a big enough need to take a defensive end in the first round? Who knows? It really comes down to how you feel about George Selvie and Tyrone Crawford. If you are okay with one of those players as the starter opposite DeMarcus Ware, opting to develop a pick later in the draft as opposed using your first round pick would probably be preferred. If not, Murphy is a solid pick who has the potential to be a dominant force on the line for years to come.

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

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