We’re less than a week away from the 2013 NFL Draft, and as we inch ever closer, it seems more and more likely that the Dallas Cowboys will address their aging defensive line in the first round, and hold off on picking up offensive line and/or safety help until later on.
According to ESPN draft expert Todd McShay’s most recent mock, published this week, the Cowboys will target Sheldon Richardson--a defensive tackle from Missouri--with the 18th overall pick.
“Look,” ESPN's NFC East blogger Dan Graziano writes. “Basically, I've decided I'm not going to believe in this historic first-round run on offensive linemen until I see it. Todd has six offensive linemen being taken in the top 15, which has not happened since 1966. And while I acknowledge that this is a somewhat unique draft devoid of Andrew Luck/Robert Griffin III/Trent Richardson-type skill position talent at the top, I still feel like somebody's going to draft a quarterback or two earlier than we think they should.
“Three days before the 2011 NFL draft, you couldn't find a mock that had Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder all going in the top 12, and yet there they all went.”
Mel Kiper, Jr.’s latest mock also has Dallas landing a defensive lineman in the first round, in North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams.
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