In his first mock draft, ESPN’s draft expert Mel Kiper had the Dallas Cowboys addressing the interior of their offensive line with their first overall pick (14th overall), by selecting David DeCastro. In his second, Kiper has Dallas addressing the secondary, with Alabama safety Mark Barron.
Here’s what Kiper had to say about Barron, and how he’d fit in Dallas:
"Dallas got shredded far too often with the passing game in 2011, and while Barron might be a very slight reach here in terms of his current grade, he's a perfect fit for the Cowboys. I have ‘defensive back’ on my sheet as a big need in Big D, meaning they can't go wrong with either the top safety or the top cornerback here, and Barron offers the most value. Better in run support right now than he is in coverage, Barron could get better against the pass, but he's an upgrade for the Cowboys."
Kiper isn’t the first ESPN draft guru to have Dallas selecting an Alabama defensive back with their first pick; Todd McShay had the Cowboys taking ‘Bama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick in his first mock draft. In this latest mock, Kiper has Kirkpatrick going at 17th overall to the Bengals.
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