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Kiper's Breakdown: Rounds 1-4

With the draft approaching, Mel goes through four rounds of possible picks

Originally Published: April 14, 2010
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com

It's not a rigorous science to poke holes in a mock draft. A single trade can throw the whole thing off, and for some teams, a trade down or up in the proceedings might be the best course of action from the outset. So laying out possible picks through four rounds shouldn't serve as a betting tip -- like picking your 120-plus digit lottery number -- as much it should indicate a sensible way your team might attack its needs given that every other team is doing the same.

So you could call this a four-round mock, but it's really a breakdown for how each team could meet its needs, given the current parameters and talent pool. With the draft just a week away, let's get it started.

NFC | AFC


NFC East


Dallas Cowboys
Top needs: LT, FS, OG, WR, PK, ILB, CB
First round (27): OT Charles Brown
Second-round (59): S Nate Allen
Third-round (90): CB Myron Lewis
Fourth-round (125): LB O'Brien Schofield
Summary: Brown isn't a flashy pick, but he's the necessary pick. The Cowboys have the weapons on offense, but if the left side of that line becomes a crater, they can't reach their potential. As Brown develops, I think he could step in for Doug Free. A former tight end, Brown has the upside to be there for years to come. Allen is a necessary addition to the safety position. I think even if Taylor Mays is still on the board, Dallas should wait for Allen or a guy like Major Wright or Morgan Burnett. The gap isn't big enough to skip the tackle necessity. Lewis adds some skill at CB (Terrence Newman will be 32 this year) and Schofield led the nation in TFL at times last year. He's constantly in the backfield.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst