Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft 2.0
If you read my first Dallas Cowboys mock draft today, you may think I was crazy. Well, in the final weeks leading up to the NFL Draft things change every other second. Or a team mortgages their future for the first overall pick, something no one saw coming. But that trade, where the LA Rams moved up 14 spots to No. 1 overall affected every single team in the draft. Which brings me to my Dallas Cowboys mock draft 2.0.
Round 1 (4)– Jalen Ramsey-DB-Florida State
Previous pick: DeForest Buckner-DE-Oregon
Why: The LA-TEN trade is the sole reason for the change of pick at this spot. The Cowboys are enamored with Ramsey, and they need the help in their secondary. If he can get past San Diego at three, there is no chance the Cowboys pass on the most complete football player in the draft.
Round 2 (3)- Sterling Shepard-WR-Oklahoma
Previous pick: Paxton Lynch-QB-Memphis
Why: Another pick that had to change due to the LA-TEN trade. With that deal, there is no chance Lynch will fall to the second round. Teams who need a quarterback are desperate and will grab one way before their value tells them to. I still believe the Cowboys will choose to put a talented team around Tony Romo and build on that. Case in point, Sterling Shepard, my No.1 WR in the draft. I believe he is rising draft boards faster than any prospect, and the Cowboys need a true No.2 receiver to compliment Dez.
Round 3 (4)- Javon Hargrave-DT- South Carolina State
Previous pick: Sterling Shepard-WR-Oklahoma
Why: Shepard is a first round talent who will be drafted in the second, so obviously he will not be here when the Cowboys pick in the 3rd round. While they have done a decent job addressing d-line in free agency, they are no where close to done. Hargrave is a dominate force who could fit very well in the Cowboys scheme, and I’m sure Rod Marinelli will be campaigning to coach this guy.
Round 4 (3)– Tyler Matakevich- LB- Temple
Previous pick: Same
Why: No change here. Matakevich is a football player, plain and simple. Wherever the ball is, he will be around it. He doesn’t possess elite skills or athletic ability causing his draft stock to put him as a mid-round pick. He reminds me so much of Cowboys LB Sean Lee, Jerry and company would love to have him aboard. This four-year starter in the middle accumulated over 100 tackles in each season for the Owls, totaling 493 for his career. In his sophomore year, he led the nation with 8.8 solo tackles a game. And his tackles aren’t just catching ball carriers after they’ve gone through the hole, as he’s had 40 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Add in five interceptions and five pass breakups during his award-winning senior campaign, and it appears there’s not much Matakevich can’t do.
Round 4 (37)- Victor Ochi-DE-Stony Brook
Previous pick: Kenyan Drake-RB-Alabama
Why: With McFadden, Morris and Dunbar the Cowboys have three solid backs to pair with their unbelievable offensive line, making running back not necessarily a need pick. Adding talent to their defensive line will be a higher priority and I LOVE Victor Ochi from Stony Brook. He has a motor that will not quit, something Marinelli loves from his lineman. His size makes him fall in the draft, but his talent is there to make an impact year one.
Round 6 (14)- Jonathan Williams-RB-Arkansas
Previous pick: Deon Bush-S-Miami (FL)
Why: We know Jerry loves his Razorbacks and as stated earlier, the Cowboys can afford to wait on a RB. Williams has enough size, heart and talent to be a three-down running back, but lacks the explosive speed to get to the second-level. Splitting time with Alex Collins in college give him less tread on his tires.
Round 6 (37)- Glenn Gronkowski-FB-Kansas State
Previous pick: Ken Crawley-CB-Colorado
Why: The Cowboys let Tyler Clutts walk in free agency, and while they do not utilize a fullback often, Gronkowski’s versatility make him a solid pickup. He can play FB or TE and will make the team playing special teams.
Round 6 (41)– Brandon Allen- QB- Arkansas
Previous pick: Same
Why: No change here. Jerry loves to draft players from his alma mater and Allen has improved as a quarterback in each of his three years as a starter for the Razorbacks. He has great leadership qualities you look for in a signal-caller and with Tony Romo, Allen has the chance to sit back and learn how to be a pro.
Round 6 (42)– Cole Toner- OT- Harvard
Previous pick: Same
Why: Another pick that made it in both mock drafts. Dallas sports one of, if not the best offensive line in the NFL. But you can never have too much depth and Toner, who had great week at the Senior Bowl can play both tackle positions. Mackenzy Bernadeau signed with the Jaguars this off-season and Charles Brown remains unsigned, creating a roster spot for another offensive lineman.
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