I have done a few mock drafts over the last couple of weeks trying to get opinions on some of the players the Cowboys could possibly be interested in in the upcoming draft. But I am going to take this opportunity to do a mock draft that I would do myself if I were the General Manager of this team. It involves trades, both in the draft and from a player on our current roster. I started off by trading Felix Jones to the Detroit Lions for their 4th Round #117 Overall pick... Next I have traded down in the first round to the #17 spot with the Cincinnati Bengals who have moved up to grab OT- Riley Reiff before the Eagles can grab him at 15, picking up their 3rd round #83 pick overall... and last I have traded down again in the 2nd round with the Chicago Bears to #50 picking up their 4th Round #111 Overall pick... I now own 11 picks, #17, #50, #81, #83, #111, #113, #117, #135 (comp), #152, # 186, and #222... Now with the #17 Overall Pick the Dallas Cowboys select...Alabama S - Mark Barron
Mark Barron is by far the best Safety in this class. This guy has all the tools to be a tremendous difference maker in our secondary, for those of you that say he can't cover and is Roy Williams 2.0, 12 int's in three seasons say otherwise, not to mention this guy was a play-caller and captain of one of, if not the greatest, college defenses of all time. I personally think Barron is the next Ed Reed/Troy Polamalu type Safety of the NFL. And we have found our replacement for Darren Woodson... Finally! Also take notice that Pittsburgh and Baltimore are among the NFL's best defenses every year, what do they have in common? Great Safety play...
Ronnell Lewis has the talent of a First Round pick and getting him here is a steal. he slides due to a VERY DEEP draft class at his position and also because of some things that transpired at his school after he was injured. he pretty much new he was going to the NFL so he didn't attend any more classes, however, Coach Stoops says when it comes to football this guy is a tremendous athlete and a very dedicated, hard worker and will always give 110% on the field. I see Lewis playing situationally this year and then replacing Anthony Spencer long term come next season.
Orson Charles kinda reminds me of the TE version of Janoris Jenkins but not quite, I'm a firm believer that Janoris Jenkins is actually the best CB in this draft and if not for all the off field issues would have been a top 5 pick... to me Orson Charles is "actually" the best TE in this draft, and getting him in the third round is straight up highway robbery. Witten isn't getting any younger and will be nearing the end of his career before long and here is his replacement, in the mean time, having him paired with Charles will finally allow Jason Garrett that offense that he had hoped to achieve with Martellus Bennett, before the Patriots or Packers even thought about it. Orson Charles has all the tools to become the next Antonio Gates and in the Third Round that is great value.
Phil Costa is HORRIBLE! too many times was Romo chasing after bad snaps or running for his life after blitzes came flying up the middle. with the addition of the two big, powerful G's the Cowboys signed in the off-season, insert Michael Brewster and Romo won't have to worry near as much about those blitzes. Look at what Aaron Rodgers did with a good O-Line last season, I firmly believe Tony Romo is capable of the same thing and this goes a long way into proving that. It sure would calm the nerves of a lot of Cowboys fans to know that Romo would be getting the ball when and where he wanted it from now on...
Some of you may not know this guy, therefore, you will not understand the great value of this pick here. If he had went to college elsewhere he may have been a first round pick. Brooks spent his entire college career playing behind two Top 5 NFL draft picks (Patrick Peterson & Soon to be Morris Claiborne) and a heisman trophy candidate and soon to be Top 5 pick (Tyrann Mathieu) and he started all 4 years as the nickel corner on those defenses, which I might add, happened to be in the top 3 of all college defenses every one of those seasons... This guy is a hidden gem and the Dallas Cowboys have discovered him here in the Fourth Round.
Kheeston Randall is an absolute monster... not to mention a hometown guy who would love to play for this team... at 6'5 and 293 pounds this guy would almost always command a double team... there is a youth movement going on right now and it's time to get rid of some of the old guys and infuse this defense with some young talent for RR to work with... Kheeston Randall does just that... he is very versatile and can play all over the D-Line which is exactly what RR loves in a player...
Ryan Broyles only drops this far due to injury issues, much like Demarco Murray last year. Before his injury and over his previous seasons this guy was in the same class as AJ Green, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, and Michael Crabtree. pretty good company, and much like Murray last year Broyles could end up being the steal of this entire draft. Broyles will make a perfect slot receiver in the NFL and would be a great option as a #3 WR to replace Laurent Robinson should Andre Holmes not turn out to be the next Miles Austin or Victor Cruz like some are predicting. and even if he does could you imagine having an offense with Dez, Miles, Holmes, Broyles, Witten, and Charles? WOW!
Continuing on with the youth movement on the D-Line here, Derek Wolfe reminds me a lot of Sean Lissemore, but I think he has more upside. on a bad Cincinnati D-Line Derek saw constant double teams and still managed to put up decent numbers, he also had a pretty good combine as well, and is only falling this far due to a deep draft class at his position also. I think Wolfe has all the tools to succeed in RR's defense and in a couple of season's will prove to be a tremendous acquisition in a fourth round draft pick.
A perfect compliment to Demarco Murray... Ganaway is a big, strong, powerful down-hill runner much like Marion Barber was when used situationally... Ganaway finally gives us that physical short yardage and goal line RB we have been searching for... incredibly improving our red zone offense and pairing him with Murray will give us a Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker type backfield that the Steelers used to be so good for so long back then.
Taking a late round flyer on a guy with some upside here in the sixth round... Lucas Nix reminds me a lot of Bill Nagy from last year, if nothing else he gives Callahan another player to develop and provides some more competition to the young O-Linemen that we already have on the team.
6'2 and 335 lbs... This guy is HUGE and finally gives us the prototypical 3-4 NT that we have been searching for from the beginning. even if it's only to spell Ratliff some and keep him fresher, what more could you ask for out of a 7th Round Pick? Although a completely different type,this guy could be our next Jay Ratliff, as in, a 7th round draft pick that goes on to become a Pro Bowler, Baptiste is a little raw but he has all the physical tools to become a Nightmare for offenses in time.
Well here it is BTB community, my chance to play a little arm chair GM and do exactly what I would do with the Dallas Cowboys if they were mine lol. What do you guys think?