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2012 NFL Mock Draft: CBS Sports Has Dallas Taking Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard

The Dallas Cowboys are likely to pick somewhere in the 20s for the 2012 NFL Draft and most pundits are projecting the Cowboys to take a defender with their first pick. The latest mock draft comes from CBS' Rob Rang who projects the Cowboys taking Nebraska Cornhuskers cornerback Alfonzo Dennard with the No. 22 pick.

Here is Rang's analysis on the pick:

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska: The Cowboys defense has made some gains under Rob Ryan, but inconsistencies in the secondary have led to plenty of breakdowns. Sources tell me the Cowboys were very intrigued last year with Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara. Perhaps they'll pull the trigger on a Husker cornerback this time around with the short but physical Dennard, who many scouts are giving a higher grade to this season than they did his former teammate at this same time last year.

The Cowboys pass defense is currently ranked No. 19 in the league and is giving up 235 yards per game, so going with a cornerback looks to be a good move.

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