This is my second time making a mock draft like this. Last year my first round pick was a little known player from William and Mary: Sean Lissemore. Coincidence? I think not. Hopefully the Cowboys brass will heed my advice once again this year...
My criteria for this draft is that the player must be from a small school (at least 1-AA), a physical freak, and is barely known. Thus, well known small school players like David Mims and Edmund Gates wouldn't make the cut.
1. DE/OLB Marc Schiechl Oredigger
(6'2 252 lbs) (38 reps, 4.65 40, 35'' vertical)
Marc is an extremely productive D-II player. He set D-II record for career sacks (46) and 4th all time for tackles for loss (70.5). He carried that production over to the offseason when he was awarded the Cactus Bowl defensive MVP (D-II all star game), as he was clearly a man among boys even among the best players in division II. Marc uses his elite athleticism and incredible strength (see here) to dominate opposing players. However, he'll need to develop the finer points of the game, as he can be too aggressive at times and miss assignments. In addition, he is a bit undersized for a DE in the NFL and will have to switch to outside linebacker.
2. WR Demario Ballard Wolf
(6-foot-5 1/2, 219 lbs) (9 reps, 4.49 40, 35 1/2" vertical)
Demario was formerly a basketball player in college before switching to football. 2010 was his first year starting for Western Oregon, and exploded with 35 receptions, 620 yds, 18 ypc, and 5 tds in only 9 games. Looking at his highlight reel Demario seems like a natural pass catcher, although he is extremely raw and will take time to develop. But with his size and athleticism his potential is through the roof.
3. DE/OLB Keith Darbut Yellow Jacket
(6'4, 240 lbs) (26 reps, 4.38 40, 38" vertical)
Super-athletic Division III player who recorded 11 sacks his senior year. Played at 230 lbs in college, but supposedly bulked up to 240 in the offseason, and will probably still need to add another 10 pounds in the NFL. However, as an OLB with a 40 of 4.38 he could still add weight and remain blazing fast.
4. NT Blake Sumner Oredigger
(6'1, 335 lbs) (52 reps, 5.15 40, 32” vertical)
Teammate of Marc Schiel, and like Marc he is incredibly strong. Strike that. Freakishly strong: 52 reps on the bench, breaking Stephen Paea's combine record. Blake uses this strength to dominate opposing lineman. However, he is very stiff, which could limit him to a two down player in the NFL.
5. ILB Matt Marcorelle Blue Hen
(6'2 258 lbs) (28 reps, 4.68, 37 1/2" vertical)
Productive and disruptive player at Delaware recording 83 tackles his senior season. He was originally a DE but moved to MLB his last two years, so he is still learning the position. Matt has very good straight line speed for a linebacker that is nearly 260 lbs, which makes his 37 1/2" vertical impressive as well. He can play multiple positions including TE, but his best fit in the NFL will probably be strong side ILB in a 3-4. However, he has dealt with some injuries over the years, so that may raise a red flag with some teams.
Matt makes a big play: link
6. OG/NT Leslie Michael Jasper Royal
(6'4, 395 lbs) (33" vertical)
Mammoth size player at nearly 400 lbs. But he is not just some fat slob. He posted a 33" vertical at his pro day, which is extremely impressive for someone his size. He'll likely be a NT in the NFL, but he will still have to lose some weight.
training video: link
7a. ST/Athlete Jeremy Kelley Black Bear
(6'5, 218 lbs) (4.5 40, 3.83 short shuttle, 42" vertical)
Came to Maine with high hopes, but never panned out as a receiver. He, however, has carved out a niche for himself on special teams, and will likely have to earn his spot on an NFL roster through that route. In addition, he does have some experience playing on defense, which is good for him because he will likely have to switch to that side of the ball in the NFL. Safety possibly based on his unreal short shuttle.
7b. Let's hear it: Who do you think deserves the last pick? Post your suggestions in the comments section.