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Latest ESPN Mock Draft: Dallas Takes Wisconsin DE Ninth Overall

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    In his first two mock drafts of this offseason, ESPN’s draft guru Todd McShay had the Dallas Cowboys selecting Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara with the ninth overall pick; but no more.

    In his third mock of the year, McShay has the Cowboys taking Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt with their first round selection. Here’s what McShay had to say about Watt, and how he might fit in with your Dallas Cowboys, per ESPN Dallas:
     

    The team's most pressing need is for a 5-technique (defensive end) in its 3-4 scheme. The Cowboys are also aging along the offensive line and need some depth/future starters at inside linebacker and safety. Dallas would have a tough call in this scenario, but Watt will continue to fly up boards because of his versatility and nonstop motor. Watt is capable of making an immediate impact on all three downs as a rookie. Finding a player like Watt to generate inside pressure would be a great complement to OLB DeMarcus Ware's edge rushing ability.

     

    In 2010, Watt recorded 62 tackles (21 for a loss), seven sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. Watt was also the 2010 recipient of the Ronnie Lott Award, given annually to the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, “IMPACT” being an acronym for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community, and tenacity.

     

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