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Dallas Cowboys select Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell with their final pick in the 2014 NFL Draft

Oregon cornerback Terrance Mitchell (Getty Images)

IRVING — The Dallas Cowboys badly needed help on defense, so they used all five of their seventh round selections on that side of the ball.

Dallas closed their draft by selecting Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell with the 254th overall pick.

“I love it,” Mitchell said of being picked by the Cowboys. “They have great, rich tradition. … I had slight contact with the Dallas Cowboys down in Indy.

“It’s just a dream.”

The 5-11, 192-pounder intercepted seven passes and totaled 32 passes defended during three seasons at Oregon.’s Rob Rang wrote in January that Mitchell compares to Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler.

Mitchell did not visit any teams but he worked out for the Colts and the Raiders.

“He’s a player we had highly graded on our board,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. “Interviewed him at the combine, had a good visit with him there. Feel like he has some traits to be a cover corner for us.

“You value bigger guys at the corner positions, particularly this late in the draft. You want guys who have some traits to develop. We feel like he has a chance.”

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