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2014 NFL mock draft: Dominique Easley to Dallas Cowboys at No. 47

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Remember all those issues the Cowboys had on the D-line last year? A second-round steal could remedy those issues quite nicely.

Kevin C. Cox

The Dallas Cowboys are in the process of rebuilding a defense -- and a defensive line, in particular -- that was ravaged by injury and struggled mightily throughout the 2013 season playing under Monte Kiffin. The team released DeMarcus Ware in a cost-cutting move, but also signed end Jeremy Mincey and tackle Henry Melton in free agency. Now, Dave Halprin of Blogging the Boys is further addressing his team's biggest sore spot in our mock draft.

Team Player Pos. Ht Wt Class
47. Cowboys Dominique Easley, Florida DT 6'2 288 JR

"Simply put, Easley is an ideal interior lineman for Rod Marinelli’s defensive scheme. Undersized but blessed with an explosive first step and the ability to shoot gaps to disrupt the backfield, he is tailor-made for the Cowboys' scheme. A defensive end is also a consideration here, but if the Cowboys can push quarterbacks from the middle of the line consistently, their current defensive ends can clean up the mess when quarterbacks roll out. If it wasn’t for the injury issues, Easley would be a top of the first round pick. It’s a risk because of his knees, but if it pans out, Dallas gets a blue-chip player in the middle of the second round."

Dan Kadar, SB Nation's NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Cowboys' mock draft pick of Easley:

The risk of passing on a defensive lineman in the first round means gambling on a player like Easley in the second. It's true, though, if Easley pans out and returns to form, he'll be considered a steal of a choice. If not, it will be viewed as a wasted pick. The value is there as disruptive interior presence. Easley is also capable of kicking out to end, a position some think he's better at than tackle.

Dominique Easley

Coming up at noon ET: Jason Butt of Baltimore Beatdown makes a second-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
12 Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame 6'2 326
35 Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State 6'3 251
38 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech 6'5 265
39 Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee 6'6 336
41 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State 6'3 273

2014 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

Cowboys picks

Rd # Team Player Pos. College
1 16 Dallas Cowboys Zack Martin OT Notre Dame
2 47 Dallas Cowboys Dominique Easley DT Florida