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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Kawann Short the answer to fitting Monte Kiffin's defense for the Cowboys?

Which player will best fit Monte Kiffin's new defense and will Dallas go to that side of the ball early in the draft?

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The Dallas Cowboys finally moved on from Rex Rob Ryan this year at defensive coordinator, and will be moving to a 4-3 defense under Monte Kiffin. That is a major change for any team and requires brand new personnel, one of the most important of which is a talented 3-technique defensive tackle to bumrush in the middle of the defensive line.

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Dallas picks 18th in April's draft and will have a number of different positions to address, the major change in scheme on defense just adding one major wrinkle to the plan. One player that could fit as the 3-tech in Dallas is Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short. That's the player that Rob Rang of CBS Sports projects to the Cowboys in his latest mock draft:

For Kiffin's famous Tampa-2 scheme to work the team will need to add a penetrating three-technique defensive tackle. Short, powerful and surprisingly quick, has been a playmaker throughout his career for the Boilermakers and enjoyed a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

Short, a 6'3, 300-pound senior, had 33.5 tackles for loss in his Boilermakers career. He could immediately contribute in Dallas and would fill an important need for Kiffin should they decide to go that way.

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