We are just about a week away from the 2013 NFL Draft. Read this fanpost to learn how I believe the draft will play out for the 1st Round and the Cowboys.
It is time to put an end to the Mock NFL Draft nonsense and get the real thing completed. What follows is the entire 1st round of the draft along with picks by the Cowboys. Note: This doesn't include the rumored trade where the Cowboys would trade down and nab the 30th and 60th overall selections from Atlanta in order for them to move up to our slot at #18. In any case, I this is an analysis of how I believe the draft will play out along with picks from the Cowboys. First the Cowboys picks.
Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft Picks
Round 1, Selection 18; D.J. Fluker, OT: What happened is that the other Cowboys First Round targets all ended up getting nabbed by other teams. I feel that Fluker is the best selection for this spot. The Cowboys could find better value by trading down, but Anthony Spencer could be had for the price of a Top Five selection.
Round 2, Selection 47; Matt Elam, SS: I don't think it matters what we get at Safety, as long as he is an upgrade, and Elam is an upgrade. Johnthan Cyprien or Eric Reid could work here as well though I have Reid going to Miami in the 2nd round.
Round 3, Selection 80; Brian Winters, OG: We finally get our guard and Winters is a nice third round find.
Round 4, Selection 114; Christine Michael, RB: I don't know too much about Michael, but he will be a good backup to DeMarco Murray. This selection becomes void if we select Eddie Lacy who will likely be our target if we trade down.
Round 5, Selection 151; Nickell Robey, CB: I just feel that he would be a nice backup for Monte Kiffin's scheme.
Round 6, Selection 185; Lavar Edwards, DE: We need a defensive end to replace Anthony Spencer, though Edwards might not be it, he will be a nice backup.
Complete 1st Round, 2013 NFL Draft
1. Kansas City: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: Frankly I feel that either Fisher or Joeckel would be good fits here.
2. Jacksonville: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: Basically the Jags need a Defensive End and Werner was the best fit here. I am not sure if Jerry outsmarted himself, but it is possible that Jacksonville could have signed Anthony Spencer if they had the chance to do so.
3. Oakland: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: One of the best tackles in the draft falls to the Raiders.
4. Philadelphia: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon: He is basically one of Kelly's boys and makes the transition to the pros here.
5. Detroit: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina: I don't like it either, but let's face it, Detroit needs to protect their QB as well and Cooper is the best fit for them.
6. Cleveland: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri: Defensive help comes Cleveland's way.
7. Arizona: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: Another player that could help the Cowboys is off the board. However, the Cardinals O-line has serious problems so the Cardinals needed to take a tackle.
8. Buffalo: Dee Miliner, CB, Alabama: Miliner is too good for Buffalo to pass up at this spot.
9. NY Jets: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama: Another Guard falls. The story here is that the Jets fans at Radio City were calling for Sharrif Floyd to be the pick to the point that they drown out ESPN's broadcast.
10. Tennessee: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: With the two top guards and three top tackles gone, the Titans decide to beef up their linebacker corps.
11. San Diego: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas: Another Dallas target is off the board.
12. Miami: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: Yes he was a Cowboys target, but only because we hired his former coach. Seriously, they need some major weapons in South Beach and Patterson will help.
13. Tampa Bay: Star Lutulelei, DT, Utah: He is one of the top players in the draft, and outside his heart condition, he is a steal at this position.
14. Carolina: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: Another Wide Receiver is off the boards and Austin should make good company with Cam Newton because you need to have a good passing attack in the NFC South.
15. New Orleans: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU: Give Rob Ryan a pizza and he will not share, but give him Mingo, and that should improve the Saints defense.
16. St. Louis: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: Another talked about Defensive End is off the board for the Cowboys. Ansah should be a good pickup for the Rams and make Jeff Fisher happy.
17. Pittsburgh: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: The Steelers are only too happy to take Floyd at this spot because he adds youth to their aging defense.
18. Dallas: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama: Fluker becomes the 4th and final tackle taken in the 1st round. The Cowboys are breathing a sigh of relief that there was a mini-run on defensive players between number 9 and 18.
19. NY Giants: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: Personally this is a fine pickup for the Giants. As a fan, I don't like it, but what good is the NFL if the Cowboys win the Super Bowl every season.
20. Chicago: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU: I am not calling this one a reach, but the Bears do need a good linebacker to improve their aging defense.
21. Cincinnati: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: Good pick for Cincy and is a good way to at least keep up with the Joneses, in this case, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
22. St. Louis: Keenan Allen, WR, California: Rams need a receiver and Allen is the pick.
23. Minnesota: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama: Like the Cowboys, the Vikings are in the same boat at one position. Unlike the Cowboys, that position is Wide Receiver and the good picks fell before the Vikings could make their first selection. In this case, they go defense and select a fine defensive tackle from Alabama.
24. Indianapolis: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia: Ogletree improves the Colts defense.
25. Minnesota: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame: Projected to go in the 2nd round, the Vikings reach for him at this selection.
26. Green Bay: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: The Packers can use a Cornerback, one of the many available in this draft, and Trufant is the best available at this spot.
27. Houston: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State: Great pick that Wade Phillips will love.
29. New England: Sylvester Williams, DE, North Carolina: The defense needs to improve if the Patriots are to make it back to the Super Bowl and Williams is the first step in that direction.
30. Atlanta: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State: The Falcons need to improve their defense too, and Hankins is the guy that will help.
31. San Francisco: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: The 49ers could have used Tight End help in the Super Bowl.
32. Baltimore: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: The Ravens need to replace players on their defense, and Moore is a natural pick at this spot.