Our Writer's Mock returns with it's third installment, selections 17 through 24. While our Dallas Cowboys were originally slotted at 14, a trade down to pick up an extra second and a fifth-rounder has Dallas sitting at number 24 hoping all of their like-graded prospects aren't gone by the time they hit the clock.
Surprisingly, at least to some, there was plenty of support for Dallas' trade down. Some supported the move because their specific pet cat was taken off the board; others because they appreciated the haul and the value in having three picks in the top 56. Of course, there were dissenting opinions from those with pet cats still on the board and those weary of leaving the top 20, where the first round grades might presumably end.
Regardless, here we are with our next eight picks, for your review.
|Draft Pick||Team||Assigned Writer||Selection|
|17||Cincinnati||Archie||CB Janoris Jenkins|
|18||San Diego||Coty||DL Michael Brockers|
|19||Chicago||Coty||DE Whitney Mercilus|
|20||Tennessee||Archie||DE Nick Perry|
|21||Cincinnati||Archie||OG Cordy Glenn|
|22||Cleveland||Tom||DE Courtney Upshaw|
|23||Detroit||Rabble||CB Stephon Gilmore|
|24*||Dallas||Rabble||DE Fletcher Cox|
Follow the jump to see the rationale behind the selections from each of the assigned GMs.
Cincinnati: CB Janoris Jenkins
The Bengals were interested in moving up for Trent Richardson or David DeCastro, but it just would have cost them too much to move up. There are character concerns with Jenkins, but the Bengals have no problem overlooking character for talent. Losing Jonathan Joseph in free agency last year was a huge loss. Now they have a pair of top notch cornerbacks in Jenkins and Leon Hall. Jenkins is one of the most talented players in the draft, and we are delighted to land him 17th overall.
San Diego: DL Michael Brockers
With two big bodies leaving their 3-4 Defensive Line, the San Diego Chargers look to add size. With Dontari Poe gone, they select Michael Brockers.
Chicago: DE Whitney Mercilus
The Chicago Defense is getting older. With Julius Peppers continuing to dominate the sack column, Chicago looks to provide him some help, and eventually replace him, with the selection of Whitney Mercilus. Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford immediately take out life insurance.
Tennessee: DE Nick Perry
Cincinnati: OG Cordy Glenn
Mark Barron, Lamar Miller and Stephen Hill were all legitimate options here, but the Bengals really need an upgrade at the guard position. This is also a case where the best available player on the board fits a position of need. Glenn looks like a dominating guard on the NFL level. This is a great value for the Bengals and it allows them to focus on finding a running back or wide receiver in the second round.
Cleveland: DE Courtney Upshaw
After going offense on their first pick, the team takes a player to help on the other side of the ball, and Upshaw is the best defensive player at this point on more than one board. The team needs help almost everywhere, so going BPA just makes the most sense.
Detroit: CB Stephon Gilmore
After losing CB Eric Wright and re-signing LT Jeff Backus, the Lions top priority becomes clear: they need to shore up the cornerback position, where they were exposed against Green Bay and New Orleans. Gilmore, who has legit NFL size and athleticism, is the obvious choice.
Dallas: Fletcher Cox
The player the Cowboys were targeting at #14 is still there at 24, causing Jerry Jones to dance around the war room like those animated skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts. With the trade back, Dallas has the picks to address soft roster spots--CB, OC and OG, and perhaps even OLB--in rounds two and three, where those positions are strong.
So Dallas ends up with the player that's been rumored to them over the last 10 days, and still ends up with an additional second rounder. For those that support Cox to Dallas, this would seem to be a great scenario. What's your take on it, and the other seven picks in this installment?