Justin Bethel, DB, Presbyterian / Drafted 177th overall by the Arizona Cardinals
This special teams standout has played in all 32 games the last two seasons, recording a total of 29 tackles and earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2013. The Cowboys could've had him at pick 152 over wide receiver Danny Coale, who is no longer on their roster.
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Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky / Drafted 188th overall by the Denver Broncos
Trevathan started all 16 games last season, recording a team-high 129 tackles to go along with two sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles for the AFC champs. The Cowboys selected Coale at No. 152 and tight end James Hanna at No. 186.
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Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina / Drafted 45th overall by the Chicago Bears
The 45th overall pick was originally the Cowboys' selection. They traded it to St. Louis, who then traded it to Chicago, in the deal that landed the Cowboys Claiborne at No. 6. Jeffery exploded last season for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns on 89 receptions, en route to a Pro Bowl invite. Jeffery and Dez Bryant probably would cause some problems for opposing defensive backfields.
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T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International / Drafted 92nd overall by the Indianapolis Colts
The Cowboys could've had him at No. 81, where they drafted Tyrone Crawford. Crawford should be a part of Dallas' defensive line for years to come but it's hard to overlook Hilton's early success. He caught 50 passes for 861 yards and seven touchdowns while also retuning 26 punts for 300 yards and a TD in 2012. Hilton followed that up with 1,083 yards and five touchdowns in 2013.
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Nick Foles, QB, Arizona / Drafted 88th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles
Yes, Jerry Jones probably wouldn't have spent a third round pick on his quarterback of the future two years ago. But why not have a young Pro Bowl-caliber QB learning from Tony Romo and ready to step in if needed? Foles was outstanding for the division champion Eagles last season, tossing 27 TD passes and only two interceptions.
Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic / Drafted 173rd overall by the Washington Redskins
Sure, the Cowboys selected DeMarco Murray in the third round the year before, so why would they draft another running back? Well, when the back is as good as Morris and available in the sixth round, you can find room for him. In two seasons in Washington, Morris, a 2013 Pro Bowler, has rushed for 2,888 yards and 20 touchdowns.
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Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State / Drafted 47th overall by the Seattle Seahawks
Following the 2012 draft, Jerry Jones said if the Cowboys had not traded away their second-round pick to move up and take Claiborne then they would've drafted Wagner at No. 45. Just think about a starting linebacking group that includes Wagner and Sean Lee. Wagner has accumulated 260 tackles and five interceptions in 29 starts.
Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis / Drafted 11th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs
Poe plays the nose tackle position in Kansas City's 3-4 scheme. He's started 31 of 32 games the last two seasons, earning a Pro Bowl invite in 2013. True, he might not be a great fit for the Cowboys' current 4-3 scheme, but they might still be running a 3-4 with Rob Ryan had Poe been their first round pick. He had 4.5 sacks and 51 tackles last season.
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Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State / Undrafted rookie free agent signed by the Cincinnati Bengals
In two seasons Burfict has recorded 298 tackles. Really not much more needs to be written here. He led the NFL in tackles in 2013 with 171 and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. The Cowboys could use Burfict. Then again, so could every other team in the league.
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Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College / Drafted ninth overall by the Carolina Panthers
It's tough to argue that anyone would've been a better pick at No. 6 than Kuechly. The 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year has quickly become one of the league's top linebackers, recording 156 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles last season. Kuechly hasn't missed a start the last two years. He finished with a league-high 164 tackles and two interceptions in 2012. Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota