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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys Taking Offensive Lineman, Defensive Back With First Two Picks

The two positions that the Dallas Cowboys are in need are offensive line and secondary. Multiple mock drafts have the Cowboys alternating between the two positions. Over at Walter Football they have expanded beyond their single round mock draft and are now projecting the first four rounds. The first pick projected for the Cowboys at No. 14 is an offensive lineman:

No. 14, Dallas Cowboys: David DeCastro, G, Stanford Cardinal

The Cowboys have major issues on the interior of their offensive line. Left guard Derrick Dockery is a free agent after missing most of 2011 with a knee injury. Center Phil Costa sucks. Right guard Montrae Holland, meanwhile, can't really be relied upon.

David DeCastro is one of the top interior linemen prospects to come along in years, and he's the highest-ranked prospect on the board. This is a perfect match.

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Their second pick is a defensive back, but it is a surprise selection:

No. 45 Dallas Cowboys: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Many mocked Prince Amukamara to the Cowboys this past April for good reason. If you didn't see the Sunday night game against the Giants, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz ran down the field with ease against a putrid secondary. Orlando Scandrick isn't very good, while Terence Newman collapsed following a hot start.

Would Jerry Jones take someone as troubled as Janoris Jenkins though? I don't think he would in the first round, but Jenkins is definitely worth the risk in the middle of Round 2. Jones, who called himself the general manager in a recent interview, always said that he regretted passing on Randy Moss because of his character issues. I think he'll be willing to take a chance on someone as talented as Jenkins this late.

Jenkins has been projected in other mock drafts to go to the Cowboys, but with their first round pick and not going No. 45 overall. So it is odd that he would be dropping this far and this fast.

The next two picks for the Cowboys are projected to be TCU linebacker Tank Carder with their third round pick and their Texas defensive end Kheeston Randall with their fourth round pick

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