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Mel Kiper: Cowboys Could Be Choosing Between Two Alabama DB's

In the latest mock draft from Mel Kiper Jr., the ESPN analyst has both All-American defensive backs from Alabama on the board when the Dallas Cowboys choose at No. 14:

Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Dallas got shredded far too often with the passing game in 2011, and while Barron might be a very slight reach here in terms of his current grade, he's a perfect fit for the Cowboys. I have "defensive back" on my sheet as a big need in Big D, meaning they can't go wrong with either the top safety or the top cornerback here, and Barron offers the most value. Better in run support right now than he is in coverage, Barron could get better against the pass, but he's an upgrade for the Cowboys.

In his time at Tuscaloosa, Nick Saban has turned Alabama into an NFL pipe-line, efficiently turning five-star recruits into first-round prospects.

Two of his most prized players -- SS Mark Barron and CB Dre Kirkpatrick -- could be available for the Dallas Cowboys, desperately in need of help in the defensive back-field, at No. 14.

Barron, as Kiper notes, is more of a run-stopper, but he doesn't have the off-the-field issues of either Kirkpatrick or former Florida CB Janoris Jenkins, both of whom have been arrested for marijuana possession in the last year.

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