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Gotta Check This One Out. Final Mock.(w/ SPENCER TRADE...er. Spencer Trade is no more. Minus 2 fifth rounders from CLE. Revised for the "Numbers" people.



So, my last mock was not too successful with the nice folks at BTB. Primarily due to my selecting of Coby Fleener at the bottom of the first after trading down. I'll mix things up a bit here, sticking to Drafttek's mock rankings, and leave draft positioning to those, so called, experts that are usually WAY off come draft day. I will also, against my theory that the best asset to our defense next year would be a more stable and consistent offense, lean a little more heavily towards D for fan appeal.

Keep in mind, I assume a reasonable deal would need to be worked with Spencer before the "blockbuster" with Cleveland went down.

@ 14 Dallas trades back with Cleveland at 22.

(DAL:14@1,100+113@68+186@17+Next Year's 3rd@100ish (?) Anthony Spencer) 1275 pts+Former 1st rounder

(CLE:22@780+37@530+139@36.5+160@27.4) 1,373.9 pts 1310 pts

*Strike outs for the "numbers" people that assume other teams can get ridiculous value for a trade down, but the Cowboys have to stick to Jimmy's 20 year old "numbers". Stone me for the assumption that next year's 3rd is rated at 50% value.

Pick/Trade Evaluation: So, in case you were wondering, Cox was off my board at 14. Otherwise, there would have been no trade. Other than Cox, NO ONE is worth that pick for their value, IMHO.(Less, the blue chippers that may fall) Cleveland picks up Trent Richardson with the 4th pick and wants to make a big splash with 2 blue chip prospects this year. Instantly improving their crap offense, they take Decastro off the board(dumdumduuuum! Don't bitch. That's the only way we get that kind of value. Him or Kuechly).

So, let's recap. Cleveland lands two game changers on offense, Spencer gets to put his hand back in the dirt with a team a little closer to home after being run off by Dallas fans(too bad), and Dallas reaps some benefits of "The Julio Trade". Sounds sweet enough to me. This gives Spencer a value of 198.9 pts(Mid 3rd rounder. A steal for the Browns)

@ 22(1st) The Dallas Cowboys select: Dont'a Hightower, LB 'Bama

Pick/Trade Evaluation: Well, well. As much as I love me some Anthony Spencer, this makes too much sense. Hightower is a downhill MLB that looks more natural as a SOLB. I think this guy could potentially have a Spencer "floor" and Suggs "ceiling". Plus he'll save us around 6 million a year in cap space that can be allocated towards current players to lighten their hits later. Please continue. It gets better.

Alternative picks for the "numbers" people: We revert to defensive BPA at this point, because all 1st round valued 5 techs are off the board and our LB corp is back intact. I would probably gun for Brockers, Gilmore, Kirkpatrick, or even still roll with Hightower and let Rob figure it out.

@ 37 Dallas trades back with Cincy at 53

(DAL:37@530+152@30.6) 560.6 pts

(CIN:53@370+83@175) 545 pts

Pick/Trade Evaluation: The Cowboys jockey for position again with WR value. The only guys with the size/talent warranted at this pick would be Alshon Jeffrey, WR S. Carolina or Coby Fleener, TE Stanford. After losing Jerome Simpson to the drugs and FA, Cincy will need another big target to compliment their youth movement at skill positions and bolster that rookie duo from last year. I have them picking Glenn and Gilmore with their 1st rounders.

@ 45(2nd) The Dallas Cowboys select: Kevin Zeitler, G Wisconsin

Pick/Trade Evaluation: Zeitler is not Decastro. I get that. But, after watching the guy play, he was every bit of what made that cheese curd driven offensive line what it was. Next to every running play they ran was built around his strengths. Check out youtube clips of Wisconsin v. Penn St./Nebraska. Amazing talent. Decent measurables.

@ 53(2nd From Cincy) The Dallas Cowboys Select: Alameda Ta'amu, NT Washington

Pick/Trade Evaluation: Ta'amu is just what the doctor ordered for this front. A massive man with a great motor. Played at 390lbs at times with Washington, so weight management may be an issue. But I've got a hunkering that this guy has a problem with the "I can't afford steak, so I eat a hell of alot of McDonalds" syndrome. This could be the best pick-up of the draft. Not to the average T-shirt fan that likes sacks and interceptions. But, trust me, they will get theirs when the other 5 or 6 guys up front are going wild.

@ 81(3rd) The Dallas Cowboys select: Brandon Boykin, CB Georgia

Pick/Trade Evaluation: Boykin is a great 2 year option for an Orlando Scandrick replacement. Same player really. Compact, explosive, slot type. Just a higher ceiling. Hell, potentially serviceable as a rookie and ohmagoodness, we don't have to watch our beloved Dez get back there on punts. Ever!

@ 83(3rd From Cincy) The Dallas Cowboys select: Ryan Broyles, WR Oklahoma

Pick/Trade Evaluation: Can't say enough about this guy. I think we took a shot, and could still have something, with Harris last year. But, you can not pass up on a slot type receiver with the skills Broyles has this late. Could develop into a solid number 2. Not quite the athlete, at his size, to be a number 1 option. IMO.

@ 135(comp) The Dallas Cowboys select: Emmanuel Acho, ILB TX

Pick/Trade Evaluation: Some may call this a reach. But, what better place to get Bradie James 2.0. I watched this guy alot this year. Kind of an unspoken hero and veteran leader, if you will, on an otherwise young and very talented TX D. I could definately see him and his brother being solid starters in this league in a few years. They are like the Tim Tebows of LBs on the RKG front. The only thing keeping me from lobbying for his brother last year was the known talent of Emmanuel coming out this year.

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^^^ Anything between these lines have been removed from this mock due to the "numbers" being off ^^^

@139(5th-From Cleveland) The Dallas Cowboys select: Michael Brewster, C The Ohio St. University

Pick/Trade Evaluation: Solid technician w/ decent measurables. Could beat Costa out without breaking a sweat. Maybe scoot Costa back over to Guard, where he belongs and have "Killer K" back up Brewster.

@ 160(5th-From Cleveland) The Dallas Cowboys select: Cliff Harris, KR/DB Oregon

Pick/Trade Evaluation: Why not? Guy was projected as a first rounder last year. Granted, this was before scouts and analysts probably had a real good look at him. But the talent is there. Take a shot and hope the RKG mentality of the team rubs off on him. + Another option to keep Dez off punts.

vvv Anything between these lines have been removed from this mock due to the "numbers" being off vvv

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@ 222(7th)The Dallas Cowboys select: James Hanna, TE Oklahoma

Pick/Trade Evaluation: Better to address it with a throw away pick than UDFA. I can't stand the thought of 2010, when Phillips went down and our 3 TE offense was trying to make due with scabs backing up Bennett(ugh). Hanna is in the third tier of TE prospects. But, came from an offense with ALOT of targets. Could be a gem.

Sum it up:

Defense

Hightower(Day 1 Starter)(Or D Alt/*See above/Ref: "Numbers People")

Ta'Amu(Day 1 Starter/Rotational) (BTW, this pick was a toss up, and has been for a very long time now for me, with Brandon Thompson from Clemson. Whatcha think?)

Boykin(4th corner/Insurance against Jenkins next year/Potential replacement and upgrade for Scandrick if the cards fall that way)

Acho(Very servicable backup/Potential future starter)

Harris(KR/Depth @ DB/High ceiling for draft position)

Offense

Zeitler(Day 1 Starter)

Broyles(Slot WR/Injury project/More than solid No. 2 ceiling)

Brewster(Wild card/Dropping on boards for reasons I don't know/Could be starter/Not saying much with what we have, but hey?!)

Hanna(3rd TE/Who knows?)

Well, what do you guys think? This will be the last mock I put out. I still stand by my theory that our D would be vastly improved by a revamped OLine that can keep our O on the field long enough to breathe. But, after sitting down and working this one out, I'd love to see a defense driven draft with this class.

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Ideal Draft w/ No Trades


1 Cox

2 Zeitler

3 Broyles

4 L Johnson

4 E Acho

5 M Brewster

6 C Harris

7 J Hanna

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