Four more weeks left until draft weekend. In our previous mock draft roundups we've marveled at how every draftnik in the country seems to have a different prospect mocked to the Cowboys and wondered whether a consensus pick would ever emerge.
Well, in this week's roundup of the latest, greatest mock drafts, a consensus pick did emerge. Except it's probably not a name you would have expected.
It's not David Decastro.
It's not Dre Kirkpatrick.
It's not Melvin Ingram.
It's not even Fletcher Cox or Luke Kuechly or Whitney Mercilus.
Who does that leave? After the break, find out who five of the nine draftniks we quote this week selected for the Cowboys - and their rationale for the pick. Enjoy.
Rob Rang, CBSSports, 3/26/2012: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Many are projecting the Cowboys to address their secondary with this pick and with two pro-ready Alabama defensive backs still on the board in Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick, Dallas might do precisely that. Addressing an aging defensive line might also be a priority, especially with a prospect boasting Brockers' unique combination of size (6-5, 306) and power. Some have likened Brockers to a young Richard Seymour.
Ryan van Bibber, SBNation, 3/26/2012: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Dallas' defensive front has served adequately enough, but it needs youth and talent. Rob Ryan will be more than happy to have Brockers manning a five-technique spot on his defensive line.
Ryan McCrystal, Draftscout.com, 3/25/2012: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
The Cowboys have done a nice job filling some holes in free agency, and can now turn their attention in the draft to the best available player. Brockers is very raw, but has the upside to be a force at end in Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense. Guys like Melvin Ingram and Luke Kuechly could also be options if they were to fall.
Russ Lande, Sporting News, 3/22/2012: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Dallas could use more playmakers along the defensive line. Brockers has the long arms, strength and size to be an excellent starting five-technique end in their 3-4.
Lou Pickney, Draftking.com, 3/19/2012: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Defensive end isn't the same need position in a 3-4 compared with a 4-3, but keeping blockers off of linebackers (along with stopping the run) is critical for a 3-4 attack to function properly. Brockers didn't have a great combine, but he showed plenty of ability as part of LSU's formidable defensive line and recorded 9½ tackles for a loss in 2011.
Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly, 3/26/2012: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
The Cowboys invested highly in Gerald Sensabaugh last season and signed Brodney Pool to provide a short-term fix, but neither can provide the overall type of impact on the defense that Barron can. Despite having double-hernia surgery following the season, he stands to benefit from an extremely weak safety class.
Jimmy Kempski, Blogging The BEast, 3/26/2012: Peter Konz, OC, Wisconsin (trade down with #18 San Diego)
The C position in the NFL has become a joke of sorts in the NFL in recent years. There just aren’t that many of them that are really good players. At this spot for the Cowboys, I see two players that would be good picks – Konz, and Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw. There are plenty of good pass rushing OLB’s that can be found in rounds 2 and 3 in this draft, but there aren’t many other centers worth looking at if you pass on Konz here. The Cowboys drastically upgrade their weakest position on the field, and find themselves their anchor along the OL.
Don Banks, SI.com, 3/23/2012: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Even with the Brandon Carr signing in free agency, the Cowboys could opt for another cornerback like Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick, South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore or North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins. But as a potential top-10 pick in the eyes of many draft analysts, Coples is simply too high to pass on. His inconsistency aside, Coples has pass rush skills, and you can't find those in the middle of the first round.
Brad Wells, Mocking The Draft, 3/21/2012: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
The Cowboys have a big hole in the middle of their offensive line, and fearing DeCastro will be gone by pick 14 (because he likely will be), Jerry Jones makes his move, sending the No. 14 pick and a third rounder (No. 82) to Buffalo. DeCastro is one of the top interior o-linemen to enter the draft in years. He's not just any guard, and will upgrade the Cowboys passing and running game in 2012.
Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft overview (min. three rounds deep)
|Site||Date||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||4th Round||4th Round||5th Round||6th Round||7th Round|
|Draft Tek||3/27||Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama||Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
||Jonathan Massaquoi, OLB, Troy
||Trenton Robinson FS, Michigan St.
||Tank Carder, ILB, TCU
||Marcus Zucevics, LT, Iowa
||Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
||David Paulson, TE, Oregon
|Draftsite||3/27||Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
||Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut||Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame||Ryan Miller, OG, Colorado||Terrance Ganaway, FB, Baylor||Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas||Case Keenum, QB, Houston||Garth Gerhart, OC, Arizona State|
|Draft Season||3/26||Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama||Peter Konz, OC, Wisconsin||Billy Winn, DE, Boise State||Nick Foles, QB, Arizona||Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina||Josh Chapman DT, Alabama||Ron Brooks, CB, LSU|
|MTD Live Draft (GM: Cali Cowboys Fan92)||3/25||Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina||Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame||Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia||Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)||Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas||Dominique Hamilton, 3-4 DE, Missouri||George Bryan, TE, North Carolina State|
|Great Blue North||3/26||Fletcher Cox, DE, Mississippi
||Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin||Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
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