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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys Select Michael Brockers From LSU In MTD's Latest

In SB Nation's Mocking The Draft's latest mock draft, the Dallas Cowboys make a split from what they have usually done in other mock drafts -- take a guard or cornerback with their first-round pick -- and do something completely different. That different thing is they are predicted to select LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers out of LSU.

Michael Brockers | Defensive tackle | LSU: After signing cornerback Brandon Carr, the Cowboys no longer need to add a No. 1 cornerback through the draft. Instead, the team can start to get younger along its defensive line with Brockers, arguably the best 3-4 end in the draft. There will be plenty of corners for the Cowboys to target in later rounds.

The biggest need heading into the 2012 season was considered to be at cornerback or guard, but the Cowboys signed Brandon Carr and Nate Livings in free agency which could change up their draft priority. Brockers is considered one of the best defensive linemen in this year's draft class and could immediately help the Cowboys as both a run stopper and pass rusher.

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