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Dissecting the Draft: NFC team strategies

A capsule look of the major needs and a possible course of action for the NFC teams in the 2012 NFL Draft, which will take place at New York's Radio City Music Hall from April 26-28.NFC EASTDallas (8-8)Top Needs: WR, S, OLBFirst Three Picks: No. 14, No. 45, No. 81Number of Selections: 8 (1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7)Shoddy defensive play was a prime culprit in Dallas' 1-4 finish to last season, therefore it's hardly shocking that the majority of prospects rumored to be on the team's first-round radar come from that side of the ball. Defensive tackles Dontari Poe (Memphis) and Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State), South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore and three Alabama players -- safety Mark Barron, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw -- have all been heavily linked to the Cowboys, and all would aid a unit that displayed signs of age while fading badly down the stretch this past year. Dallas won't be ignoring offense in this draft, however, as the offseason depar...

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