2013 NFL mock draft: Eric Reid to Dallas Cowboys

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The last time the Cowboys picked a safety in the first two rounds of the draft was 2002 with Roy Williams. Maybe it's time to add another hard-hitting center fielder.

The Cowboys have trouble at the safety position. The team signed Will Allen in March, but the 30-year-old played just 432 snaps last year for Pittsburgh. There's Barry Church, but how the former undrafted free agent comes back from a torn Achilles is unknown. The Cowboys may be looking for an upgrade at the position, and there are plenty of options available this year.

Team Player Position Height Weight Class
47. Dallas Cowboys Eric Reid, LSU S 6'1 213 JR

David Halprin: "After grabbing guard Jonathan Cooper in the 1st round, Dallas tries to solve another problem area with safety Eric Reid. Dallas is tissue-thin at the safety spot with its current roster and desperately needs help. Barry Church is one presumed starter but he is coming of an Achilles injury. Will Allen was signed as a free agent and could be a stop-gap measure for 2013. Last year’s draftee Matt Johnson was injured all year. In Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 scheme, Dallas needs deep-field safeties and Reid has the ideal body-type for that, plus he can be a ferocious hitter. He would have a chance to start in the Cowboys line-up. Added bonus, he would be reunited with his ex-LSU secondary teammate, Morris Claiborne."

Here's me breaking down the pick:

For many mock draft writers, Reid is becoming a first-round pick. While I may not consider him so highly, he still projects as a starting safety. For Dallas to get him in the second round is good. While Reid is not spectacular in any area, he’s solid across the board. Reid fits the bills as a safety that can defend against a good tight end and he has decent movement skills. Against the run, he can work in the box and still be a factor. Perhaps most important for Dallas, he’s never had an injury issue.

That's it for today. Check back tomorrow for the Steelers at 9AM ET., Giants at noon and Redskins at 3PM.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
29 Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame 6'1" 241
32 Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers 6'1" 241
33 Jamie Collins LB Southern Miss 6'3" 250
34 Logan Ryan * CB Rutgers 5'11" 190
37 Matt Elam * S Florida 5'10" 206

2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

Cowboys picks

Rd # Team Player Pos. College
1 18 Dallas Cowboys Jonathan Cooper G North Carolina
2 47 Dallas Cowboys Eric Reid S LSU
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