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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Cowboys projected to pick offensive lineman

SB Nation's latest mock draft has the Cowboys upgrading the right tackle position.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Dallas Cowboys hold the 18th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. While most people expect them to draft defensive talent to help transition to Monte Kiffin's 4-3, some mock drafts have them going in a different direction.

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SB Nation's Dan Kadar released his latest mock draft on Monday, and he has the Cowboys taking Alabama OT D.J. Fluker:

If there ever was a right tackle suited for the Dallas Cowboys, it's Fluker. He's a powerful run blocker who can drive defenders backward with ease. The Cowboys can benefit from the depth at defensive tackle this year and wait improve the team's new front four.

There is a lot of depth at the DT position this year, so the reasoning is that the Cowboys can wait until the second round to address that position. In the meantime, they have an instant upgrade at right tackle who can help with the running game. Fluker doesn't have the footwork or athleticism to stick at LT, and he may have to be kicked inside down the road, but for now he'll be a huge asset on Dallas' shaky offensive line.

If the Cowboys do decide to take a DT in the first, guys like Jesse Williams, Sheldon Richardson and Johnathan Hankins should all be available at this spot.

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