2013 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Warmack, Cooper Or Richardson?

Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

We take a look at 20 of the latest, greatest mock drafts and wonder what the Cowboys would do if Warmack, Cooper and Richardson would all still be available at #18.

Last year, almost to the day, we looked at a mock draft summary very similar to this one, excpet it was titled "Dallas Cowboys Mock Drafts: DeCastro, Ingram or Kirkpatrick?" The Cowboys ended up picking none of the three, instead choosing to move up to draft Morris Claiborne.

Today it once again looks like three names are emerging as the popular favorites for the Cowboys. In our summary of 20 mock drafts below, Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper and Sheldon Richardson combine for 16 of the 20 mock picks. That's pretty impressive, but as we saw last year, it may not have any bearing on who the Cowboys will ultimately end up picking. But what if all three were available when it's the Cowboys' turn to pick?

Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
NE Patriots draft (Hope), March 28 Comment: "If one of the draft’s top two guard prospects is still available when the Dallas Cowboys pick at No. 18 overall, either would be a great choice. The Cowboys desperately need an upgrade over Mackenzy Bernadeau at right guard, and both Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper are great value in the second half of Round 1. In this case, with Warmack still available, he should be the selection. Warmack is a massive, powerful mauling guard with great feet and efficient technique. He can step in immediately as a right guard upgrade, and has the potential to develop into an All-Pro. The Cowboys need to solidify their offensive line, and adding Warmack would be a terrific start."
Sporting News, (Galko), March 27 Comment: "The Cowboys’ biggest need is the offensive line, both at guard and right tackle. Warmack fits the team’s mauling offensive game plan—and he’s a great value in the middle of Round 1."
CBSSports Rang), March 25 Comment: "When protected, Tony Romo remains one of the NFC's best quarterbacks. Unfortunately, other than emerging star Tyron Smith at left tackle, the Dallas offensive line leaks like a sieve. Since Jerry Jones purchased the Cowboys in 1989, Smith has been the only offensive lineman Dallas has selected in the first round. If available here, the powerful and battle-tested Warmack makes too much sense to ignore."
NFL.com (Casserly), March 25 Comment:"Warmack provides a boost for Dallas in both the running and passing games, helping Tony Romo."
CBSSports (Kirwan), March 25
Comment: "The Cowboys have not been active in free agency because of salary cap problems. Warmack is a Dallas throwback to the days of Larry Allen. He will protect the midline, where Tony Romo likes to throw, as well as open up holes for the running game."
DraftAce, March 23 Comment:"Despite all the hype around Warmack, I expect him to slide a bit on draft day. He can be elite, but he’s a massive run blocker and not a great fit for every scheme. Since Jerry Jones has been in charge, Dallas has always preferred size over athleticism on the offensive line. They’ve done nothing to address the line in free agency, making me believe they will spend a high pick on the position in the draft."
Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
SI.com (Banks), March 27 Comment: "Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker or one of the remaining first-round defensive tackles all would make sense based on need. But Cooper is likely to be the highest rated player remaining on the board in this scenario, and the Dallas offensive line could use a stud about now."
Walter Football, March 27 Comment: "The interior of Dallas' offensive line is an abomination. The front office actually found two downgrades at guard last offseason, while center Phil Costa is a sieve. The Cowboys have to find some help for Tony Romo.I'd hate the idea of slotting two guards in the top 20, but Jonathan Cooper is capable of playing all three interior positions. Dallas will love his versatility."
FF Toolbox (Warner), March 27 Comment: "Protecting Tony Romo is a must going forward as the Cowboys must replace Doug Free (backup at best) and upgrade the interior of the O-line. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder will bolster the Cowboys interior line and has the versatility/athleticism to play Center or OG at the next level."
Foxsports (Schrager), March 26 Comment: "Tony Romo had a big statistical year despite playing behind a terrible offensive line. Doug Free hasn’t been the player the Cowboys thought he’d be and Tyron Smith seemed to be called for a false start on every other play from scrimmage this season. Injuries stung, but there needs to be more good, young linemen protecting Romo. Cooper could be a great addition to the line. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder pumped out 35 repetitions of 225 pounds and impressed in interviews. Not the flashiest of picks, but I like it. I’m also not sure if he’ll still be available all the way at 18."
FF Toolbox (Binstock), March 26 Comment: ""Dallas adds a great player who is not far behind Warmack in terms of talent and is actually more athletic and will probably be better at pulling. This is still not a great offensive line but it gets a big immediate improvement here and nobody is happier then Tony Romo.
Football's Future, March 25 Comment: "Two guards in the top twenty does not happen often, but that is how talented Warmack and Cooper are. Cooper is a freak athlete for a guard, and will look great lined up next to Tyron Smith as the Cowboys look to rebuild their OL."
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Draft Season, March 27 Comment: "With both guards and Kenny Vaccaro off the board the Cowboys turn to their defensive line. They are switching to a 4-3 Tampa 2 defense this year and need Richardson to be that disruptive 3 technique to make the whole thing go."
Drafttek.com, March 26 Comment: "Before the Georgia game, Richardson said the Bulldogs played "old-man football". Then he backed up his tough talk. You can count on Richardson for nonstop effort, burst off the snap, football smarts, and Lineman Abuse. This sideline to sideline is a DT who'll give QB's fits (11.5 sacks this year), and occasionally will give coaches some bulletin board material. My advice: Let him! "
CBSSports (Brugler), March 25 Comment: "I'm sure Jerry Jones will want to make a splash with this pick, but the Cowboys desperately need to revamp the trenches on both sides of the ball. If one of the top two guards (Warmack, Cooper) or top three defensive tackles (Floyd, Lotulelei, Richardson) are still available, I think they'll be the pick."
Rotoworld (Silva), March 25 Comment: "As the Cowboys transition from the 3-4 to 4-3 defensive alignment, their biggest missing piece is a three-technique interior pass rusher. Richardson is a 6-foot-3, 294-pound up-field penetrator capable of starting on day one. He'd be better value than Texas FS Kenny Vaccaro at this pick."
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
NFP (Lande), March 27 Comment: "The Cowboys have a number of needs, but to upgrade the back end of their defense is too much to pass up with Vaccaro still on the board. The rare safety that is equally productive in run support, in man coverage and patrolling the back end in deep coverage, Vaccaro could really upgrade the Dallas defense."
USAToday (Davis), March 25 Comment: "Who better to solve the Cowboys' long-standing issues on the back line than a talented Longhorn? And new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's scheme requires someone he can rely on in center field."
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
NFL.com (Brandt), March 27 Comment:"Mingo has quickness and great get-off. He is able to drop into space, though I do think his best position will be as a defensive end rushing the passer. He needs to develop a little more consistency. "
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
CBSSports (Brinson), March 25 Comment: "Jerry Jones' club has to get better at defensive tackle to properly run the new 4-3 defense they're installing. I wouldn't rule out them trading up (particularly if a pick-needy team like the Saints has Richardson fall to them at 15). For now, Hankins works."
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