Five first-round picks that make sense for Cowboys
Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson
If Peters if off the board, or if the Cowboys are troubled by his character concerns, Johnson isn't a guy to scoff at. He's 6-0, 188 pounds and he's lauded for his skills in press and man coverage. NFL teams need at least three quality corners these days, and a trio of Johnson, Carr and Orlando Scandrick seems like a solid starting point.
Kentucky DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree
This might be wishful thinking, as plenty of people expect Dupree to be gone by the midpoint of the first round. If he's still hanging around, though, I doubt the Cowboys would even care that they just signed Hardy. The line needs pass rushers, and Dupree might be the best-case scenario for the first round.
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Washington CB Marcus Peters
Even with the Corey White signing and even if Brandon Carr agrees to a pay cut, the Cowboys could use a cornerback. Peters is a big, athletic guy with the skillset to play both the man and zone coverage Rod Marinelli requires. People are quick to dock him for the brash attitude that got him kicked off his college team, but I think the Cowboys have a strong enough locker room to keep that under control.
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Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon
This would be Todd Gurley, except I just can't picture the super-talented Georgia running back lasting so long. There's value to be found later in the draft for a deep running back class, but Gordon would give the Cowboys a big-time threat. Given the talent in place across the offensive, the Heisman Trophy candidate would be bound to garner Offensive Rookie of the Year hype.
Florida State DT Eddie Goldman
We know that the Cowboys don't value one-technique defensive tackles in the first round, but the 27th overall pick is essentially a second-round pick in terms of the talent on hand. Goldman is big -- 6'4, 336 pounds -- and he's versatile. He'd be an intriguing complement to pair with Tyrone Crawford.