The Dallas Cowboys have several needs that require addressing heading into the 2013 season, but can only hope to fix one in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft. From both the offensive line and defensive line to the secondary, the Cowboys have a tough choice as far as one position to use their first pick on.
But who do the fans want America's Team to draft first this year? Let's take a look at three players who could don the Cowboys' New Era cap at pick No. 18 and let us know who you think Dallas should take in the poll.
FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Drafting the Longhorns' best defensive player from last season would definitely help fill a nagging need for Dallas. This time last year, many draft experts saw Alabama's Mark Barron going to the Cowboys due to the lack of talent at safety on the team. Jerry Jones and company decided to sure up the cornerback position and moved up to take Morris Claiborne.
With Gerald Sensabaugh shown the door this offseason, the Cowboys are left with 2012 fourth-round pick Matt Johnson and Barry Church to man both starting roles at safety.
Johnson never played an NFL down last year and Church missed much of last year with an injury of his own. Vaccaro would likely be an instant starter over one of the aforementioned two. He would also give Dallas another defensive star that would grow alongside Claiborne.
Vaccaro is the best safety in the draft class this season and would shore up arguably the Cowboys' biggest defensive hole.
OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
Jones and upper Cowboys management are finally addressing offensive line in free agency by pursuing former Chief Eric Winston. Even if the team locks up a deal with the offensive tackle, there's still work to be done to protect quarterback Tony Romo.
Drafting Chance Warmack would be huge for the Cowboys, who will be hoping he's still on the board when they pick in the first round. Warmack knows how to fire off the line, keep his defender busy and is an overall balanced blocker. Having a player like that would do wonders for Romo, who has been sacked a combined 72 times over the past two seasons.
With Tyron Smith already in the fold, Dallas has one stable tackle on the roster with Winston possibly putting that position need to rest if he signs. Drafting Warmack would give coach Jason Garrett's staff one of the top lineman available this year to coach and check one more need off the list up front.
DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
Sylvester Williams is big, strong and has a deceivingly quick first step in his arsenal of moves. At 6'3" and more than 310 pounds, he has an impressive skill set that would be helpful in Dallas' 4-3 defense.
North Carolina might not have an overly relevant football program, but that doesn't make Williams' talent any less impressive. Considering the fact Jay Ratliff is currently set to pair with Sean Lissemore inside, Dallas could be looking defensive tackle in the first.
Guard and safety are the more pressing needs for the Cowboys heading into next season, plain and simple. The team might be forced to go defensive tackle with its first pick, but only if Vaccaro and Warmack are off the board.
Dallas may need to address defensive tackle, and it may need to within the draft's first three rounds, but it's tough to see them doing it in the first. Still, Williams is a special talent that won't be available after the first 32 picks have been called.
The Cowboys defense showed potential last season and moving to a new formation with a young defensive stud is a tempting idea.
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