This week, some of the better known names in mock draft circles are trying to be the early birds and have released their mock drafts to coincide with the further increase in mock draft page views.
Russ Lande from the SportingNews has released his first mock on his own website and has the Cowboys taking a corner. Evan Silva from Rotoworld also proposes a familiar name to man the corner spot.
ESPN's Todd McShay is another draftnik who thinks the Cowboys will be going after a corner. SBNation's Ryan van Bibber still doesn't know how to spell Terence Newman, but knows Newman needs to be replaced.
And finally, Chris Steuber, formerly of scout.com and cbssports, now runs his own website and surprise, surprise, also sees the Cowboys taking a corner with their first pick.
After the break, we look at who these guys are mocking our way.
|Analyst||Pick||Comments||Next five available players|
|Evan Silva, Rotoworld, (2/6)||Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama||During Senior Bowl interviews, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones pinpointed the secondary as Dallas' greatest area of offseason need. Jenkins is feisty and physical, fluid in the hips with ball skills and a willingness to hit. Assuming his background checks out after three marijuana-related arrests at Florida, Jenkins won't struggle to be a top-20 choice. He'd be a day-one starter for the Cowboys.||WR Kendall Wright, WR Justin Blackmon, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, OLB Whitney Mercilus, WR Michael Floyd|
Ryan Van Bibber, SB Nation (2/6)
||Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama||Every time I get to this spot in these mocks, the image of Terrance [sic] Newman matched up against the Giants' receivers in Week 17 comes to mind. Jenkins toiled in obscurity after getting the boot from Florida, but he got back on the radar with a solid outing at the Senior Bowl.||ILB Luke Kuechly, OLB Courtney Upshaw, OG Davis DeCastro, OLB Nick Perry, WR Kendall Wright|
|Todd McShay, ESPN (2/2)||Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama||Corner is clearly the Cowboys' top need area, and Jenkins proved at the Senior Bowl that he's still an elite cover corner after spending a year at the Division II level. Dallas will need to get comfortable with his character issues, though, including legal issues that led to his dismissal from the Florida program.||DT Devon Still, S Mark Barron, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, OT Jonathan Martin, WR Kendall Wright|
|Russ Lande (2/5)||Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama||No comments provided||DT Fletcher Cox, OLB Melvin Ingram, RB David Wilson, OLB Nick Perry|
|Chris Steuber (1/21)||Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama||No comments provided||WR Kendall Wright, OG Cordy Glenn, DT Michael Brockers, S Mark Barron, WR Michael Floyd|
So there you have it: five mockers, and each picks a corner for the Cowboys. But which one is the right corner for the Cowboys, and is that corner really waiting in the first round or will the Cowboys look for a corner in the later rounds?
For those of you keeping track of these things, Liz Mullen from the Sportsbusinessjournal today reports that the drug charges have been dropped against Dre Kirkpatrick.