The BTB Writer's Mock continues on with selections nine through sixteen; which just so happens to include position 14 where Dallas is slotted. O.C.C. was the overwhelming winner of the first poll for selecting Andrew Luck with the first overall selection for Indianapolis; and it's hard to argue.
This area of the draft is where things get a little more interesting. The so-called "blue-chippers" are gone, and remaining are several players with first-round grades that are probably strewn through different teams big boards with none looking the same. Scheme fits, personality traits and overall talent evaluations could have Player X sitting at ninth on one team's board and 20th on anothers.
But let's be serious... you want to know who Dallas picked. Without further ado, here are picks 9-16 for your review.
|Draft Pick||Team||Assigned Writer||Selection|
|9||Carolina||Tom||DE Melvin Ingram|
|10||Buffalo||KD||DE Quinton Coples|
|11||Kansas City||Rabble||DT Dontari Poe|
|12||Seattle||OCC||WR Michael Floyd|
|13||Arizona||OCC||OG David DeCastro|
|14*||Pittsburgh||OCC||LB Luke Kuechly|
|15||Philadelphia||KD||CB Dre Kirkpatrick|
|16||NY Jets||Tom||OT Jonathan Martin|
Whoa! The first trade of our draft and it involves the Cowboys trading down with rival Pittsburgh! Follow the jump to find out what Dallas got in return, how the trade went down, as well as the thinking behind all eight selections.
* Dallas trades pick #14 (1,100 pts) to Pittsburgh for picks 24, 56 and 151 (1,111 pts). That's swapping firsts and picking up a second and a fifth. Note: Dallas turned down a trade up option from Buffalo who was looking to pick up extra selections themselves.
Carolina: DE Melvin Ingram
David DeCastro was tempting, but on the board I'm using, Ingram was enough better to make DeCastro a reach here. Same can be said for Jonathan Martin. Quinton Coples is also available, but seems to be the one thing not showing as much of a need for the Panthers.
Buffalo: DE Quinton Coples
Unable to acquire trade partners, and they REALLY tried to get out of the slot, Buffalo was left with a decision to make. They decide to go with trying to form one of the best defensive lines in the AFC, adding Coples to last year's first round pick Marcel Dareus and this year's free agent coup, Mario Williams. The team had a couple other considerations and also never heard back from the Jets front office. Frustrated with being turned down, the Bills front office leaks that Dallas turned down an offer for the 10th pick.
Kansas City: DT Dontari Poe
After signing Eric Winston, the free agent right tackle they so desperately need, the Chiefs can turn to the defensive line in round one, and decide to gamble on Dontari Poe becoming the next Haloti Ngata, whose college performance Poe's tape closely resembles.
Seattle: WR Michael Floyd
Widely projected to pick a defensive linemen, the Seahawks need somebody to catch the passes from newly signed QB Matt Flynn. Undrafted rookie Doug Baldwin hadd 788 yards last year, nobody else had more than 500 yards receiving in this anemic passing offense. With Floyd, they select the prototypical receiver: great height, great hands, excellent route-running, fantastic leaping ability, and a major vertical threat. Floyd broke just about every receiving record at Notre Dame: single-season record for receptions (100); career leader in receptions (271), receiving yards (3,686), touchdowns (36) and 100-yard receiving games (17).
Arizona: OG David DeCastro
The Cardinals got an interesting trade offer from the Patriots but ultimately decided to pick what is arguably the last blue chip prospect left on the board. The Cardinals just re-signed OT Levi Brown, so instead of reaching on a tackle, they invest in the interior of the offensive line with future Pro Bowler David DeCastro.
Pittsburgh: LB Luke Keuchly
How The Trade Happened: Pittsburgh actually contacted Dallas to see if they were interested in trading out of their spot. Some in our Cowboys war room pleaded Jerry not to consider trading down. Dallas initially balked at the offer, but the Steelers said not to shut the door completely. Dallas then sent feelers out to the teams in closer proximity to them than the Steelers. Pittsburgh learns of this and increases their offer from a 1st, 2nd and 6th to a 1st, 2nd and a 5th. When the Jets, Bengals and Chargers reject Dallas, they accept Pittsburgh's offer.
The Eagles were grinning from ear to ear, ready to pick the most productive linebacker in recent college football history when BAM! the Steelers orchestrate a trade with the Cowboys to move in front of the Eagles and snatch ILB Luke Kuechly away from the Eagles.
Pittsburgh just cut James Farrior, so Luke Kuechly would be the perfect long-term solution next to Lawrence Timmons: Kuechly is the reigning Butkus, Nagurski, Lombardi and Lott Impact Trophy Award winner. He has more career tackles (532) than any other linebacker in the country – and he’s a junior. Kuechly has an unstoppable motor that is the perfect match for the Steelers and their 3-4 scheme and instantly upgrades their LB corps for years. The Steelers traded their first, second and fifth round picks for Kuechly and believe they got themselves the steal of the draft.
Philadelphia: CB Dre Kirkpatrick
Without the match of the player long slotted to them, Philly is left scrambling for a bit of a BPA pick. Quiet as kept, the superstar trio of Samuel, DRC and Asomugha didn't shut down opposing quarterbacks in the fashion that was planned, and Nnamdi and Asante aren't getting any younger. With Kirkpatrick they won't miss a beat once they start to jettison the underwhelms.
NY Jets: OT Jonathan Martin
In a perfect match of need and BPA, the team gets the second ranked tackle in the draft to shore up their line. David DeCastro's teammate is a clear substance over style pick here as the Jets invest in building from the core.
So, what do you think of Rabble's trade for the Cowboys? Would you have rather him trade up to the Buffalo slot or stay put at 14 and make a pick? Have at it.
Next Post: 3/22 Picks 17-24 and Dallas on the clock... again.