McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Dallas Cowboys

It’s been a typical maddening season for the 7-7 Cowboys, as Tony Romo has looked terrific at times … and has also managed to throw critical interceptions to cost Dallas several games. However, regardless of whether Dallas wins the NFC East and makes the postseason, there are wholesale changes that need to occur on a defense that has been awful this season. Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr haven’t lived up to expectations and DeMarcus Ware isn’t getting younger along what was a thin defensive front before injuries piled up.

The Cowboys have a lot of needs on defense, so where should they turn in the draft?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Cowboys. Not surprisingly, Dallas’ top four needs are on defense: defensive end, defensive tackle, cornerback and safety (along with right tackle and guard). Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for the Cowboys in Round 1.