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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys might add piece for 4-3 defense in 1st round

The Dallas Cowboys could be looking to add a piece to their new 4-3 defense in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.


The Dallas Cowboys have been one of those "middle of the pack" teams for years now. In 2012, it was more of the same, as the team has the No. 18 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, almost directly in the middle of the NFL. They've made some changes this offseason to the coaching staff, but Jason Garrett remains in charge of the fight to get back to relevance.

One change the Cowboys are making is the switch to a 4-3 defense. They're likely going to move on from some of their players on the defensive line and they'll need to add some young talent to really help smooth the transition to the new defensive scheme.

Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation released his latest mock draft on Monday, and he has the Cowboys doing just that: taking Bjoern Werner, the defensive end out of Florida State:

The Dallas Cowboys are moving to a 4-3 defense, and what better way to start the construction of that new scheme than with Bjoern Werner of Florida State. Werner is not a lock for the top 10 and slides in this mock draft due to the number of 3-4 teams in need of pass rushers. Dallas won't mind the value, though.

Werner has been mocked all over the place in recent mock drafts around the Internet. He was going as high as No. 2 to the Jacksonville Jaguars at one point, and was a routine pick for the Oakland Raiders at No. 3.

However, the SB Nation mock doesn't seem that far off from what's possible. If the Raiders elect to pass on Werner, it could mean he might fall a considerable distance. The Raiders are in desperate need of help from a player just like Werner, but if someone else is there they can't pass up, then Werner may fall from the top three to the middle of the first round. Here, the Cowboys would be getting a steal.

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