Hey guys, I was the Cowboys rep for the MTD live draft this weekend and here are my picks. And yes bigham, another post about another post... Draft results after the jump.
With the 14th pick of the NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys select... Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina
We got lucky due to some questionable picks like Ryan Tannehill at #4, David DeCastro at #6, and Coby Fleener at #8 but I'm not complaining since we got this beast! The highest rated OLB in the draft, and the my second target for pick #14 only behind DeCastro. He could come in and possibly start but the Cowboys already offered Spencer a franchise tag which can be rescinded however by the time the draft comes along he’ll sign it. So Ingram will take the Aldon Smith role, come in and rush the passer on 3rd down then take over for Spencer next year. Imagining this guy rushing the passer the opposite side of Ware just puts a smile on my face.
With the 45th pick of the NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys select... Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
A 2nd round rated safety that raised his draft stock after the combine. My #1 target was Ta’amu who got taken 1 pick ahead of me (damn you KC!) but Smith was a very good consolation prize. He has great instincts, range, and a very good tackler but should not be trusted in man coverage often. Will contribute right away as a special teams player and will be a solid starter at SS down the road. I also considered Chase Minnfield and Amini Silatolu here.
With the 83rd pick of the NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys select... Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
The Cowboys just signed Carr so CB isn’t a huge need but Minnifield was strongly considered in the 2nd round and I couldn’t pass him up here. He has the speed, fluidity, and ball skills to become a starting corner. Some people see him as a FS and thats fine with me because the Cowboys could use help at either positions. This pick is the steal of my draft.
With the 114th pick of the NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys select... Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)
Can’t believe that he lasted to the 4th round but I was looking for O-line help and I really like Brooks. I had him rated as a high 3rd round pick. Brooks is around 340 pounds but don't worry this big boy can also move, he ran a 40 in under 5 seconds in his pro day, he'd be a perfect fit at RG.
With the 145th pick of the NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys select... Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
I didn't expect to draft a WR but this value was too good to pass up. WR is sort of a need for us now that Robinson left for the Jags, although I think we could get along with what we have. Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are great 1-2 punch at WR but after that its unproven depth. Wright would be a great fit as a slot receiver early in his career. He's shifty, quick, and isn't afraid to go over the middle for a tough catch.
With the 176th pick of the NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys select... Dominique Hamilton, 3-4 DE, Missouri
Unfortunately, going BPA left the D-line ignored until the 6th round. Hamilton is a developmental D-linemen that has potential. He’s a very good run stopper right now but his pass rushing needs some work. Will need some time to develop into a starting DE which is fine because we don’t need to rush him to get on the field.
With the 207th pick of the NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys select... George Bryan, TE, North Carolina State
TE is also a need now that Bennett is the Giants headache. Bryan is a good blocker at this stage, he doesn’t have the speed to be a mismatch on offense but he has good hands. Could make some plays with defenses focusing on Witten and the rest of the WRs.
Brett Roy, DT, Nevada: A good football player, could play multiple spots in a 3-4, he’d back up where ever he’s best.
Desmond Marrow, CB, Toledo: A tall, fast, developmental CB. Needs to work on technique to fulfill his potential.
Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, NT, Kent State: A big body to compete at the NT spot behind Ratliff.
David Snow, C, Texas: More competition at the C spot.
Overall, I think this was a very good draft for the Cowboys, addressed the needs and got some great values in the middle rounds. My regret is not addressing the D-line earlier than the 6th round but I stuck to my list and this is the result. Anyway, if you're bored here's a link of the draft tracker and list your preferred mock. Critique away. Oh yeah, forgot to give credit to ziggy19 and others who helped me make the picks in the thread, thanks guys.