Redrafting the Cowboys: Ware and Spencer go 1-2

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The annual NFL Draft begins Thursday as teams look to fill needs on their rosters.

But imagine, if you will, that the Cowboys were disbanded and the current roster of players were offered up to the rest of the NFL in a dispersal draft.

Let’s redraft the Cowboys’ roster and see where they would fit best:

1. Kansas City Chiefs

DE DeMarcus Ware would form a dynamic rush tandem next to Pro Bowler Tamba Hali.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

LB/DE Anthony Spencer might have been the team’s best player at the end of 2012.

3. Oakland Raiders

Tony Romo would be a godsend to a Raiders franchise needing competent QB play.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

CB Brandon Carr would more than make up for the failed signing of Nnamdi Asomugha.

5. Detroit Lions

T Tyrone Smith is the perfect fit for a team desperate for a franchise left tackle.

6. Cleveland Browns

WR Dez Bryant is the dynamic playmaker this offense has been lacking.

7. Arizona Cardinals

TE Jason Witten would make it easier on the potluck quarterback and take pressure off Larry Fitzgerald.

8. Buffalo Bills

LB Sean Lee would provide instant leadership to a team and defense that needs everything.

9. New York Jets

NT Jay Ratliff, if he can stay healthy, would give Rex Ryan a playmaker up front.

10. Tennessee Titans

LB Bruce Carter would offer a much-needed boost of speed and athleticism to Jerry Gray’s defense.

11. San Diego Chargers

RB DeMarco Murray would give the Chargers another option in the so far failed pursuit to replace LaDanian Tomlinson

12. Miami Dolphins

CB Morris Claiborne fills the Dolphins’ biggest draft need — a playmaker cornerback.

13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay)

DE/DT Jason Hatcher is the best available player and an underrated pass rusher to help Rex Ryan’s defense.

14. Carolina Panthers

WR Miles Austin finally gives the Panthers a quality receiver to play opposite the dynamic Steve Smith.

15. New Orleans Saints

DE Tyrone Crawford would offer some familiarity and versatility to Rob Ryan’s defense in New Orleans.

16. St. Louis Rams

CB Orlando Scandrick gives the Rams a smart, heady player in the secondary.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

T Doug Free may do well with a change of scenery and the Steelers need help up front.

18. Dallas Cowboys

No pick

19. New York Giants

S Barry Church showed a lot of promise before being injured last season and would upgrade the Giants secondary.

20. Chicago Bears

G Nate Livings would be an upgrade on a Bears line that is among the worst in the league.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

LB Justin Durant gives defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer another plug-and-play defender to his talented unit.

22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)

WR Dwayne Harris flashed playmaking skills late in 2012 and would give QB Sam Bradford a much-needed weapon.

23. Minnesota Vikings

QB Kyle Orton is better than starter Christian Ponder, who still holds the team back. There is no debating that.

24. Indianapolis Colts

K Dan Bailey is automatic and would be the natural heir to the aging standout kicker Adam Vinatieri.

25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks)

G Mackenzy Bernadeau would be another athletic big body to help open holes for Adrian Peterson.

26. Green Bay Packers

T Jermey Parnell might be a nice promising find for a Packers team looking to upgrade the front line.

27. Houston Texans

DT/DE Sean Lissemore can play two positions, which Wade Phillips remembers from his time in Dallas

28. Denver Broncos

CB Sterling Moore is not a big name, but he showed promise in a short stint with Cowboys. Has bright future.

29. New England Patriots

S Danny McCray is not an every-down safety. But Bill Belichick will get the best out of him.

30. Atlanta Falcons

TE James Hanna is an athletic pass-catching tight end who will benefit under Tony Gonzalez in his final year

31. San Francisco 49ers

S Will Allen is not dynamic. But he fills a need, and Jim Harbaugh knows how to get the most out of veterans.

32. Baltimore Ravens

S Matt Johnson would be a nice development pickup for a team that lost two starting safeties in the off-season.


Clarence E. Hill Jr., 817-390-7760 Twitter: @clarencehilljr

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