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2014 NFL mock draft: DT Timmy Jernigan to Dallas Cowboys with 16th pick

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With the 16th pick in the 2014 Mile High Report Community Mock Draft, Dallas Cowboys GM ElwayFanJ selects...

Streeter Lecka

In 2013, the Cowboys defense was 26th in total points allowed, 30th in passing yards allowed and 30th in rushing yards allowed.  Anytime a defense struggles like that you have to look at the guys up front.  Jason Hatcher was the lone standout, producing a whopping 11 sacks as a defensive tackle, but he wasn't very good in run defense (and now he's a Washington Redskin anyway).  DeMarcus Ware left for greener pastures in free agency and the rest of the defensive line is a bunch of scrubs.  The Cowboys did add defensive tackles Henry Melton and Terrell McClain and defensive end Jeremy Mincey this offseason, but they need an infusion of fresh young talent.

With the 16th overall pick in the 2014 MHR Community Mock Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select.

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

With Aaron Donald off the board the next best defensive lineman who fits the Cowboys scheme is Timmy Jernigan, and he happens to be one of the top talents still on the board.  Jernigan was simply outstanding for the Seminoles defense this year, by far their most dominant defender.  Jernigan's stout run defense was key in their win over Auburn in the National Championship game and would tremendously help the Cowboys defense in 2014.

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