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April 04, 2013

Mel Kiper Jr. likes Kenny Vaccaro or Sylvester Williams as the Cowboys' first-rounder

The Cowboys could draft North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper. Or maybe Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack. Or it could be Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro or North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams.

Everyone has his opinion on whom the Cowboys will select with the 18th pick.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is betting on a defensive player, possibly Vaccaro or Williams, with the Cowboys switching from the 3-4 to the 4-3.

"I don't think Warmack and Cooper necessarily will be there," Kiper said in a conference call. "I think Cooper could go in the top 10; Warmack could go in the top 11. They're all going very high. I think those two guards, I think if one of them is there, it would be great to see Warmack or Cooper. I think probably more Warmack. That's debatable. To see [either guard] drop all the way down to 18, if they don't, Vaccaro could be there. Vaccaro has slipped down, I think, into the 20s, he would be a possibility. I bet Sylvester Williams from North Carolina, you need a defensive tackle to fit that Monte Kiffin scheme. Then, you look at the second-round possibilities, a [Syracuse guard] Justin Pugh. They've got to help the interior of this offensive line; if you don't get Warmack or Cooper, Justin Pugh from Syracuse who's a left tackle, can be a guard, can be a center. They have to improve the interior of the offensive line, Dallas does, and Pugh would be a very nice addition at that point."

-- Charean Williams





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Mel Kiper may think that the Cowboys should pick Vaccaro or Sly Williams at #18, but I don't. I'm not sold on Vaccaro, he's agile but not fast and could get burned for TDs on the long ball. Also, he almost never intercepts the ball. He reminds me of former Cowboy safety Roy Williams, who was slightly faster than Vaccaro but couldn't keep up with WRs. Sly is widely projected as a late 1st round pick. I would be fine picking him if we traded down 8 or more slots and got extra picks. There are a lot of players I would pick ahead of those two, though most on the players on the following list will be gone by #18, I think at least 1 will be there:
OT- Lane Johnson 6’6” 303 lbs
OT- Eric Fisher 6’7” 305 lbs
OT- Luke Joeckel 6’6” 310
OLB- Barkevious Mingo 6’4” 240 lbs 4.58-40 [6.84-3 cone]
DT- Sharrif Floyd 6’3” 297 lbs
OG- Chance Womack 6’2” 322 lbs
OG- Jonathan Cooper 6’ 2” 311 lbs
DE- Ezekiel Ansah 6’5” 274 lbs
DT- Sheldon Richardson 6’3” 294 lbs
OLB- Deon Jordan 6’6” 248 lbs 4.6-40

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