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WCG Staff Mock Draft - Round 1, Pick 9

We're just rolling along with our WCG mock draft... next up is the Dallas Cowboys and resident fantasy expert Brendan Hess gets to make their selection. Be sure to check out all his fantasy football stuff by clicking here.

With the 9th pick in the 2011 Windy City Gridiron Mock Draft the Dallas Cowboys take:

Cornerback Prince Amukamara out of Nebraska. Here's what Brendan had to say about his selection.

Dallas possesses some of the pieces needed to field a powerful defense, and at times showed flashes, but overall their defense struggled mightily in 2010. They finished 23rd in yards allowed per game and worse, 28th in yards allowed per play... But the real capstone to their defensive struggle was that they allowed the second most points in the NFL last year. They were 12th in rushing yards against and 12th in rushing TDs against, so while their run defense was not spectacular, it was passing plays that killed them all year long. Dallas gave up 243 yards per game and over 30 passing TDs over last season, and while their pass rush could use some help, its hard to blame the front on a team with Jay Ratliff, Igor Olshansky, and DeMarcus Ware, especially with Anthony Spencer coming along. They needed secondary help badly last year, and Prince Amukamara is a top 10 rated player on nearly every scouting site.

Prince Amukamara is known for having great instincts in coverage, plays press very well, and for bonus material, is very solid against the run and never missed a game in college. The knocks on Amukamara are his speed and his good but not great ball skills. The first issue will be put to rest for some GMs after he ran a sub 4.4 40 yard dash at the combine. That means its a technique issue, he just stays a bit high in his back pedal...With his reputation as a hard worker, that is correctable, whereas a pure speed issue may not have been. The ball skills thing really comes down to experience. Despite his knack for ball recognition, Amukamara has often been a second late locating the ball. He still makes those plays, but it costs him some interceptions. I believe that is another "given time" issue and not a permanent problem. Outside of Patrick Peterson and Marcell Dareus, this may have very well been the next best player on Dallas' board going into the draft anyway, so to get him at 9 is a "no-brainer"

Biggest. Block quote. Ever.

The Washington Redskins are on the clock... choo choo...