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Defense dominates this 2019 NFL Mock Draft, but still has Cowboys thinking offensively

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) converts a fourth down on his signature Y-option route against Detroit Lions defenders Isa Abdul-Quddus (42) and James Ihedigbo (32) late in the fourth quarter of a 2014 playoff game. The play was referenced by coach Jason Garrett during Witten's retirement ceremony Thursday.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) converts a fourth down on his signature Y-option route against Detroit Lions defenders Isa Abdul-Quddus (42) and James Ihedigbo (32) late in the fourth quarter of a 2014 playoff game. The play was referenced by coach Jason Garrett during Witten's retirement ceremony Thursday. Star-Telegram archives

It's already time to look ahead to which player the Cowboys might take in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

And expert Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com has a guess as to which future NFL prospect might end up in Dallas.

In his latest 2019 NFL mock draft, he predicts the Cowboys will select tight end Noah Fant at pick No. 26. Brugler's draft order was based on the draft order is based the inverse order of the current Super Bowl odds.

Playing for head coach Kirk Ferentz at Iowa, Fant hauled in 30 catches for 494 receiving yards, as well as 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. That touchdown total was tops in the Big Ten last season.

The athletic tight end could also could be the long-term solution to replace Jason Witten, who retired in May to take a lead analyst position on ESPN's 'Monday Night Football.'

Here's a complete look at the first round:

1. New York Jets - Nick Bose, DE, Ohio State

2. Chicago Bears - Ed Oliver, DL, Houston

3. Miami Dolphins - Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

4. Cincinnati Bengals - Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

5. Cleveland Browns - Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

6. Buffalo Bills - Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

7. Arizona Cardinals - Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

8. Washington Redskins - Devin White, LB, LSU

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

10. Indianapolis Colts - Andraez Williams, CB, LSU

11. New York Giants - Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

12. Tennessee Titans - Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State

13. Detroit Lions - Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

14. Baltimore Ravens - Devin Bush, OLB, Michigan

15. Seattle Seahawks - AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss

16. Los Angeles Chargers - Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

17. Denver Broncos - Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

18. Oakland Raiders - DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

19. Kansas City Chiefs - Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky

20. Houston Texans - Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

21. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

22. Carolina Panthers - Trey Adams, OT, Washington

23. San Francisco 49ers - N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

24. Green Bay Packers (from NO) - Mack Wilson, OLB, Alabama

25. Atlanta Falcons - Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

26. Dallas Cowboys - Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

27. Los Angeles Rams - Chase Winovich, DE/OLB, Michigan

28. Minnesota Vikings - Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

29. Pittsburgh Steelers - Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida State

30. Green Bay Packers - Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami (Fla.)

31. Philadelphia Eagles - Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State

32. New England Patriots, Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten announces his retirement from the NFL after 15 years in the league.

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