I'll go Top 5. I'm glad it seems like some people are shying away from Kirkpatrick. His boneheaded mistake makes him untouchable from a Cowboys perspective (in my opinion).
- David DeCastro
- Jonathan Martin
- Melvin Ingram
- Courtney Upshaw
- Luke Kuechly
My reasoning behind this is that cornerback seems to be an area of strength in the free agency market and I think it is a long shot that we drop the dough on Nicks/Grubbs. Outside of Kirkpatrick, there is no cornerback that is worth taking in that spot that will be availabe (Dennard would be a reach). Jenkins or Minnifield might be there in the 2nd round and I think that's when we can take advantage of the deep second tier corners in this draft class.
I think we have to get on offensive linemen in here that can come in and start right away, whether it be through free agency or the draft. DeCastro isn't a reach in my opinion because he played in a pro-style offense, as well as Martin, and is one of the highest graded interior lineman since Steve Hutchinson (who was also taken in the first round at pick 17).
The DE/OLB crop is somewhat weak this year and I don't know if Ingram/Upshaw would be significant upgrades over Spencer, which is why I think we will eventually bring Spencer back. Unless Coples fell to us, and there are questions about his motor and I don't know how he'd adjust to playing in a 3-4 as a DE, but I just don't see a lot of players that will be there at 14 who would come in right away and fill Spencer's void.