If the Cowboys cut ties with DeMarco Murray this offseason, it'd easy to see why they would select a running back with their first-round selection in the April draft, which is the 27th pick.
Several mock drafts that have come out recently have the Cowboys taking either Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon or Georgia's Todd Gurley to replace Murray in the backfield. But perhaps the king of mock drafts, ESPN's Mel Kiper, isn't taking the bait.
Kiper released his second mock draft on Wednesday, and while he still had the Cowboys taking a defender in the first round, the name had changed from Kiper's first mock draft.
Kiper's latest effort has the Cowboys selecting Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis, a 6-4, 321-pound beast in the middle.
Here's what Kiper had to say about Davis:
I'm not sure there was a player who did more to gain appeal as a potential first-round pick at the Senior Bowl. Davis brings a coveted ability to be disruptive as a pass-rusher from the inside, as he won't just push the pocket with strength, but also can win with quickness and get into the backfield. The Cowboys have done a great job in building their offensive line and have made it possible to be one of the few truly balanced offenses, but any setback on offense could expose a defense that was better on paper than it was in terms of personnel in 2014. They could add talent at all three levels, but Davis would make a lot of sense if the board breaks this way.