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Dallas Cowboys 2013 Draft Preview

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With the NFL Draft coming up Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys and Owner/GM Jerry Jones have many questions that need answering, with the biggest issues being the offensive line and secondary.

While injuries did take their tole on the Cowboys last season, it was no excuse for the lackluster performance shown by the offensive line and secondary last season.  2012 the third straight year that “America’s Team” missed the playoffs.

That being said, here are some of the possible draftees that the experts say the Cowboys have their eye on in Thursday’s NFL draft.  Alabama offensive linemen Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker are whom NFL.com writer Gil Brant predicts Dallas taking with the eighteenth overall pick. Now there is very little chance that Warmack slips that far but he may be someone that Dallas may try to trade up and get.

Others such as NFL.com writer Matt Smith see the Cowboys going with the defensive side of the ball.  At that point in the draft Smith predicts the Cowboys will go with strong safety Kenny Vaccaro, out of the University of Texas. Selecting Vaccaro would help solidify a young secondary.  Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner is also someone you could see the Cowboys try and trade up for.

Both positions are areas that need to be addressed this off-season if the Cowboys have any chance of living up to all the hype that they receive every year.  Staying healthy will also be another major key for a successful season.  New defensive coordinator Monty Kiffen better hope he has better luck in this department than former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Don’t forget to come out to Nick’s Sports Grill and Lounge for The Sport Shack’s Draft Party on Thursday April 23.

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