The description for Ajayi could just as easily apply to Coleman, who broke the 2,000-yard mark for a woeful Indiana team -- despite playing with a foot injury. With his 5-11, 208-pound frame, draftniks love to compare him to DeMarco Murray, as he runs with the same physicality. Those traits make him a likely candidate to go as high as the top 40, not lasting until the 60th pick.
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Ali Marpet, G, Hobart
Marpet will be one of the stories of the draft, regardless of where he goes, after he shot up the draft board from little-known Division III school Hobart. The Cowboys re-signed Ronald Leary for 2015, but his long-term future is a question mark they could address with a draft pick.
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Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
I think Ajayi would be near the very top of the Cowboys' wish list for the No. 60 overall pick, but I'm just not sure it's realistic to think he'll be there. Ajayi played high school football in Frisco, Texas, and he bulldozed his way to 1,823 yards and 28 touchdowns last fall. His abilities as both a runner and a receiver make it hard to think he'll fall this far down the board.
Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
It's not that the duo of Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox played above reproach last season -- it's more that this year's safety class is relatively weak. Randall is one exception to that thought, as he's garnered plenty of buzz in recent weeks. He could potentially push for a starting job right away, or at least provide some valuable depth.
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Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State
Smith has garnered first-round grades, depending on who you're talking to, so it's hard to imagine him falling this far. If he does, though, the Cowboys would have a ready-made 4-3 defensive end prospect. Smith weighed in at 6-5, 271 pounds at the NFL Combine, giving him much less weight room work than a lot of rookie pass rushers.
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T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
If they don't address their running back need at No. 27 overall, the Cowboys have no shortage of options to take later on. Yeldon is listed this high because he seems like the most likely to still be on the board. He had an incredibly productive career at Alabama, and he plays like the versatile, physical type of back that Jason Garrett prefers.
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Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
The Cowboys don't look overly concerned with spending a high pick on a defensive tackle, judging by the fact that none of their 30 pre-draft visits play that position. Davis is highly-regarded, though, and he can play both one and three-technique tackle. It's doubtful he'd fall this far, but he'd be a bargain at 60th.
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Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
Some hard truths here: Petty doesn't exactly strike me as a second-round talent, but the quality of this quarterback class is shaky to say the least. The Cowboys have discussed the possibility of drafting a quarterback to groom behind Tony Romo. Petty is probably the best option behind top-10 picks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. If the Cowboys want him, they'd probably have to take him here -- even if it is too high of a pick.
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Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU
Another high-risk, high-reward option. Hunter has the look of a ferocious pass rusher at 6-6, 252 pounds -- though it's hard to ignore the fact the he tallied just 1.5 sacks in his final college season. His athleticism is intriguing enough to make him a project pick in the second round.
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Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami-Ohio
If there's one thing that looks certain, it's that there's value in the secondary throughout this draft. Rollins played just one year of college football after spending his college career as Miami's point guard, but he led the MAC in interceptions. If Dallas doesn't take a corner in the first round, he could be a guy with high upside.