As everyone knows that from now until April 25, we will be inidated with mock drafts from about thousand publications. It seems as though everyone and their brother are publishing mock drafts. Now I understand that these things will change about a million times in the next 3 months, especially after the combine and pro days, but since the Senior Bowl is being played this Saturday, I thought I'd post the Cowboys selections from 3 mock drafts by highly regarded draft gurus, Todd McShay from Scouts, Inc , Mel Kiper and Scott Wright of nfldraftcountdown.com .
McShay has the Cowboys selecting Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan at #22 and Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy at #28.
Manningham is an underrated talent who could be special at the next level if he keeps his head on straight. With his good deep speed it wouldn't take Manningham long to take over Terry Glenn's role in the Dallas offense as the vertical threat opposite Terrell Owens. However, Manningham needs to get stronger in order to deal with physical press coverage.
After nabbing a vertical threat at wide receiver five picks earlier in the person of Manningham, Dallas can take a chance on a potential shutdown cornerback in McKelvin. He has excellent speed and can also be a contributor in the return game, and McKelvin held his own against big-time competition this season.
I don't like the Manningham pick as I think we're going to target a veteran WR in free agency or via a trade. I love the McKelvin pick but I doubt he'll last until 28.
Kiper also has us taking Manningham at #22, but has us selecting Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois at #28. This pick is interesting because he really flashed greatness against USC in the Rose Bowl.
Scott Wright has us taking McKelvin at #22 and Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas at #28.
After having so much luck with DeMarcus Ware why not go back to the same Troy program for some help at cornerback? Anyone who watched the Cowboys this year saw Jacques Reeves get picked on early and often so at the very least Dallas needs an upgrade in the nickel and if Anthony Henry ever makes his long-anticipated move to safety corner just becomes that much more of a glaring need. You might not know a lot about Leodis McKelvin just yet but you will soon because not only does he have prototypical size (5-11, 190) and speed (4.45) but he's also an excellent return man.
With their second #1 pick the Cowboys could feel like they are playing with house money to a degree and while everyone assumes that Arkansas alumnus Jerry Jones wants Darren McFadden he might have to settle for another Hog running back. Julius Jones is an unrestricted free agent who is not expected back and Felix Jones would be a perfect replacement, providing some lightning to Marion Barber's thunder. Felix was also an All-American kick returner in college so that would be an added bonus. Wideout could be another possibility here since Terry Glenn has been wearing down.
Again, I love the McKelvin pick and Jones would be a nice change of pace back for MB3.