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As it stands right now, the Dallas Cowboys have nine selections in the upcoming NFL Draft after being awarded four compensatory selections. The most valuable of course, is their selection at fourth overall. The Cowboys are one year removed from a 12-4 record and one “catch” removed from almost making the 2015 NFC Championship game. Last year, injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant crushed Big D as they could not recover, falling to a dreadful 4-12 record. With a talented roster, the Cowboys have a chance to rebound nicely and make it back to the postseason, but this draft class could have a huge impact on that.

While many are calling for the Cowboys to select their next franchise quarterback due to Tony Romo’s paper-mache collarbone, I am completely against it at fourth overall. I’ll explain as the mock draft goes on….

Dallas Cowboys 2016 NFL Mock Draft

DeForest Buckner was a force at Oregon. (Getty Images)
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Round 1 (4)DeForest Buckner-DE/DT- Oregon

Why: A lot of mocks have the Cowboys selecting Joey Bosa, who is talented, but has some maturity and off-the-field concerns. That is where Buckner steps in. In my opinion, he is not only better off-the-field but more talented as well. His versatility to play DT and DE would fit perfectly in the Cowboys scheme and he can make an impact from day one. Check out his draft profile and scouting report here.

Paxton Lynch
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Round 2 (3)Paxton Lynch- QB- Memphis

Why: Yes, the Cowboys need a quarterback to back up Tony Romo and be able to step-in in case of another injury, but not at the cost of the 4th overall pick. If Tony does have 4-5 more years left, you want to look at a quarterback who needs seasoning and time to learn the NFL game, all while having the ability to be a franchise quarterback. Case in point…Paxton Lynch. You can read his draft profile and scouting report here.

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(AP Photo)

Round 3 (4)– Sterling Shepard- WR- Oklahoma

Why: This selection may be more a wishful-thinking pick than anything else. The Cowboys desperately need a wideout who can compliment Dez and Shepard is my No. 2 ranked wideout in this class. He is the best route-runner in the class and rarely drops a pass. His lack of size and strength may allow him to slide down to this spot in the draft, although I would not be surprised if he’s off the board at this point in round three. It doesn’t hurt his dad Derrick Shepard is a former Cowboy.

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(USA TODAY Sports)

Round 4 (3)– Tyler Matakevich- LB- Temple

Why: Matakevich is a football player, plain and simple. Wherever the ball is, he will be around it. He doesn’t possess elite skills or athletic ability causing his draft stock to put him as a mid-round pick. He reminds me so much of Cowboys LB Sean Lee, Jerry and company would love to have him aboard. This four-year starter in the middle accumulated over 100 tackles in each season for the Owls, totaling 493 for his career. In his sophomore year, he led the nation with 8.8 solo tackles a game. And his tackles aren’t just catching ball carriers after they’’ve gone through the hole, as he’s had 40 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Add in five interceptions and five pass breakups during his award-winning senior campaign, and it appears there’s not much Matakevich can’t do.

Kenyan Drake
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Round 4 (37)Kenyan Drake- RB- Alabama

Why: I’m on the record saying Drake will have a better pro career than his Alabama counter-part and Heisman winner Derrick Henry. While there are injury concerns, Drake would fit in nicely as a change-of-pace back with Darren McFadden and newly signed Alfred Morris. Not to mention he can make an impact on special teams and the return game. Check out his draft profile and scouting report here.

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(USA TODAY Sports)

Round 6 (14)– Deon Bush- S- Miami (FL)

Why: With J.J. Wilcox getting benched in favor of Byron Jones late last season, the Cowboys will be looking to add depth to the safety position. Bush needs serious help in pass coverage, but he is a monster against the run (103 tackles in 2014-2015, seven for losses, with five forced fumbles). His game tape this past season leaves a lot to be desired, but with his athleticism he has a chance to have a healthy NFL career.

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Round 6 (37)– Ken Crawley- CB- Colorado

Why: With the return of Orlando Scandrick from injury, teaming up with Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr, the Cowboys cornerbacks leave a lot to be desired. It is fully possible that the Cowboys address this position earlier in the draft, but I believe the front office is confident in Scandrick and Claiborne as their starting options. Byron Jones can play both corner and safety creating versatility on defense. That leaves a spot for Crawley who was a three-year starter at Colorado to make the roster. He has elite size and length at 6’1 with 31” arm length, making scouts want to work with him at the next level. His technique will need some work, so do not expect him to make an impact year one.

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(Fox Sports)

Round 6 (41)– Brandon Allen- QB- Arkansas

Why: Jerry loves to draft players from his alma mater and Allen has improved as a quarterback in each of his three years as a starter for the Razorbacks. He has great leadership qualities you look for in a signal-caller and with Romo and possibly Lynch joining the squad, Allen has the chance to sit back and learn how to be a pro.

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(Harvard Athletics)

Round 6 (42)– Cole Toner- OT- Harvard

Why: Dallas sports one of, if not the best offensive line in the NFL. But you can never have too much depth and Toner, who had great week at the Senior Bowl can play both tackle positions. Mackenzy Bernadeau signed with the Jaguars this off-season and Charles Brown remains unsigned, creating a roster spot for another offensive lineman.

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