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NFL Draft 2012: Alabama's Mark Barron Going To Cowboys According To Mel Kiper's Latest Mock

In agreement with his ESPN colleague Todd McShay, draft guru Mel Kiper has the Dallas Cowboys selecting Alabama Crimson Tide S Mark Barron with the 14th pick in the first round of Thursday's upcoming NFL Draft. Here's what Kiper had to say about Dallas selecting the Tide's Barron:

Mark Barron, S, Alabama
No change here from the previous mock. Dallas has been aggressive in targeting the secondary in free agency, and Barron is another big upgrade to what was a really weak unit in 2011. Barron is the best safety in the draft, and the Cowboys can't go wrong if he's available. Dallas might be tempted on DeCastro if he's still here, but they'll be thrilled with Barron.

ESPN has Barron as the No. 1 Safety available in this year's draft class.

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