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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Cowboys To Address O-Line Concerns Through Draft (Maybe)

SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber has a look at the 2012 NFL Draft as it stands before free agency changes the landscape, and no team's draft needs seem as unpredictable as the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas is in the market for both offensive linemen and defensive backs, but could solve one or both issues depending on a variety of factors (the likely availability of coveted Saints guard Carl Nicks now that Drew Brees has been franchise tagged is a huge one).

For now, Van Bibber has the 'Boys addressing their O-line needs through the Draft, with one of three (!) Stanford players predicted to go in the first round:

14. Dallas Cowboys, David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

Dallas seems intent to find help for their secondary in free agency. Of course, they could also go all in on Saints' free agent guard Carl Nicks. Whatever they do, it could shape their pick here. For this mock, we assume they sign one of the top cornerbacks, Cortland Finnegan or Brandon Carr in free agency. DeCastro then beefs up their interior line, giving Dallas an elite protector that will be a focal point of their front five for years to come.

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