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Cowboys Draft Prospects In Tonight's BCS Championship Game

If you're already in draft mode (and most Cowboys fans probably should be), here are the names that Mocking the Draft has with NFL grades for Auburn vs. Oregon:

Oregon football:

Casey Matthews, ILB (Sr., 3rd-5th), Brandon Bair, 3-4 DE (Sr., 5th-7th), Jeff Maehl, WR (Sr., 6th-7th), Kenny Rowe, OLB (Sr., 7th-UD), Bo Thran, OT (Sr., 7th-UD), Talmadge Jackson, CB (Sr., 7th-UD), David Paulson, TE (Jr., 5th-7th), LaMichael James, RB (RS Soph., 1st-2nd), Darron Thomas, QB/ATH (RS Soph., 4th-5th), Kenjon Barner, RB (RS Soph., 4th-5th), John Boyett, FS (RS Soph., 4th-7th), Cliff Harris, CB (Soph.), Bo Lokombo, OLB (Fr.), Wade Keliipki, DT (Fr.)

Auburn football :

Lee Ziemba, G (Sr., 3rd-4th), Josh Bynes, ILB (Sr., 5th-7th), Mike Blanc, DT (Sr., 6th-UD), Craig Stevens, OLB (Sr., 7th-UD), Nick Fairley, DT (Jr., 1st), Cam Newton, QB (Jr., 1st-2nd), Neiko Thorpe, CB (Jr., 4th-6th), Darvin Adams, WR (Jr., 6th-7th), T'Sharvan Bell, CB (RS Soph., 5th-7th), Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE (Soph.), Daren Bates, SS (Soph.), Emory Blake, WR (Soph.), Michael Dyer, RB (Fr.), Corey Lemonier, DE (Fr.)

Auburn's high profile stars Cam Newton and Nick Fairley are of obvious interest. Newton figures to slot somewhere around where the Cowboys pick, along with Missouri QB Blaine Gabbart. The Cowboys are best served by both getting high NFL grades, as they would then either push players down or offer a lucrative trade-down option. Some will call for Dallas to pick a young QB if one is available, but that is extremely unlikely.

 

Fairly should be able to play a 3-4 defensive end, which makes him a consideration for the Cowboys should he fall to the ninth pick. Dallas has decisions to make on all of their key ends: Marcus Spears, Igor Olshansky, Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher. Bowen showed well late in the season and could be in line for a starting role in Dallas or elsewhere.

LaMichael James is a stud and a redshirt sophomore, so he could technically declare, but he's already said that he's returning to school. And I'm really hesitant see Dallas pick a back as high as number nine (or even a few spots lower) anyway.

Lee Ziemba is worth watching, as Dallas likely won't be able to fill any of their offensive line issues in the first round. I would have no problem with them picking a tackle in the second round and a guard in the third if the right guys are on the board. MTD lists him as a guard, but he's 6-8 and plays left tackle at Auburn. Casey Matthews could also offer a second developmental ILB to pair with Sean Lee in the third round. Lee is likely to replace Keith Brooking, and Bradie James isn't getting any younger.

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