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Kiper: Dallas Targeting D-Linemen

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. believes the Cowboys will address their aging defensive line early in the draft

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Kiper: Dallas Targeting D-Linemen

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It’s pretty well assumed that the Dallas Cowboys will address the interior of the offensive line in the early rounds of next week’s NFL Draft, but according to ESPN Draft Expert Mel Kiper, Jr., they will also look to get younger along the defensive front.

“It's not something I hear mentioned often, but the age of the Dallas defensive line has crept up,” Kiper said, per ESPN Dallas. “By the time the season starts, Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware will be 32, 31 and 31, respectively.”

It is an aging group, indeed. On the other side of Ware will be Anthony Spencer, who, while coming off his best season in the league thus far, will turn 30 next January.

Of the defensive linemen Dallas might take early on, Kiper seems especially high on Sylvester Williams, a defensive tackle out of North Carolina and a potential replacement for Ratliff, who has been slowed by injuries and age (those things seem to go hand-in-hand) over the past few years.

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