Multiple Mocks to mock

Well now that the NFL Combine is over, it is time to enter into the serious mock draft time. Rather then simply submit one mock draft, I thought it would be fun to try and do a couple of mocks with different philosophies. So for you reading and mocking pleasure here are four drafts based on; Speed, BPA, BPA at position of need, and the Splash Draft.

Speed Draft

Stephen Jones said he wants to add some speed, so if you run a 4.8 or slower - you're not Cowboy material in this mock.

16. DT Aaron Donald, Pitt

Ran a 4.68 forty at 285 lbs. That's fast folks.

47. WR Jordan Matthews,Vanderbilt

Guy is 6'3" 212 and runs a 4.46. Size and speed can't be taught.

78. FS Terrance Brooks, Florida State

Wait I get the fastest safety in the third round (4.42)? Winning.

115. DE Will Clarke West Virginia


Solid personal and football character -- has leadership traits. Smart and coachable. Durable three-year starter.

RKG check, size - 6'6" 271 lbs w/ 34 5/8" arms - check, speed - 4.77 - check, production... hey there's a reason he's still on the board in the 4th round, 10 sacks and 31.5 TFL in 41 games.

146. OLB Ronald Powell, Florida

Athletic LB who runs a 4.65.

206. QB Connor Shaw, South Carolina

Dallas, where even are quarterbacks are fast (4.66).

208. RB Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern

What do they put in the water over there, first Wilcox and now McKinnon (4.41).

215. CB Phillip Gaines, Rice

Ran a 4.38, is 6'0" and is a zone corner - nothing to lose at this point.

COMP PICK #1. SS Mo Alexander, Utah St.

Looks the part at 6'1" 220 and runs a 4.54.

COMP PICK #2. RB Dri Archer, Kent State

Channeling Al Davis - must pick fastest guy in draft.

COMP PICK #3 Pat O'Donnall, P

He's a punter who runs a 4.64 - every team needs one of those.

What you get: So what does the speed draft get you? Well for one, a bunch of athletes. Donald is a perfect marriage and Matthews replaces Miles Austin and gives the Cowboys a dynamic receiving core. Brooks is a rangy safety with all the physical tools and a guy who will push for playing time as a rookie. Will Clarke is a pure projection pick, guy with all the tools who just hasn't produced at a high level. Marinelli would love working with this guy. Powell should be a core ST guy and has some future starter potential. Shaw won a lot of games at the college level and put up some good numbers, probably no more than a backup - but a cheaper one than Kyle Orton. McKinnon is a pure athlete, some teams even view him as a safety... Gaines looked good in drills at the Combine and might have moved up some boards. Alexander is another guy who looked good in the drills at the Combine, potential ST guy. Archer is competition for Dunbar and O'Donnell is a punter who runs a 4.64, that's close to David Buehler territory folks.

Best Player Available (BPA)

Using the CBS Sports Big Board, I will just pick the best player available at the pick.

16. LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

47.CB Lamarcus Joyner, FSU

78. DT Anthony Johnson, LSU

115. LB Shayne Skov

146. WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers (NOTE: LB Prince Shembo was the 146 rated player, but taking 3 LB's is unrealistic)

206. QB Connor Shaw, South Carolina

208. RB Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern

215. FB Ryan Hewitt, Stanford (Another LB, Jonathan Brown, was rated at 215 - Hewitt was the next best player)

COMP PICKS. (First 3 guys with a 7-FA grade on CBS Board)

1. CB Marcus Williams

2. RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina

3. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson

What you get: For all those out there who argue for BPA, here is your calling card. I was surprised by the haul in taking BPA. Mosley, Joyner, Johnson and Skov will instantly improve the defense - the Cowboys can figure out their positions later, that is a serious talent upgrade. Coleman is no slouch as a 6'6" 225 WR who runs a 4.56. Shaw and McKinnon are high upside guys worth a look in the seventh round. Hewitt is a versatile back who could serve in the H-back role. Boyd gives the 'Boys a developmental QB.

BPA at Position of Need (BPA PoN)

In this exercise I will focus on BPA at positions of perceived need for the 'Boys. In my opinion the Cowboys highest priority is front 7 pressure players, followed by ball-hawking safety, offensive line depth, wide receiver depth, running back depth and developmental QB.

16. DT Aaron Donald, Pitt

47. DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

78. S Deone Bucannon, Washington State

115. OT JaWuan James, Tennessee

146. LB Lamin Barrow, LSU

206. WR L'Damian Washington, Misouri

208. OG Ryan Groy, Wisconsin

215. DT Eathyn Manumaleuna, Brigham Young


1. C James Stone, Tennessee

2. QB Jeff Mathews, Cornell

3. RB Silas Redd, USC

What you get: Highly productive players at the top of draft in Donald and Jeffcoat, they have combined for 57 sacks over their college career. Deone Bucannon looks the part, 6'1" 211 and really helped himself a the combine as he was a top performer among safeties in the forty (4.49 sec), bench (19 reps), vertical (36.5 in) and broad jump (10' 5"). He also produced in college racking up 15 INT for his career including 6 his senior season. He's also a three-time team captain. James is a guy who has the potential to replace Doug Free at RT in 2015. Barrow can be the backup to Lee and may push for playing time at Will. Washington is a burner who can take the top off a defense. Groy is a Wisconsin linemen, they usually do well in the NFL.

The Splash Draft

Jerry Jones loves to make a splash, so on draft day he does exactly that. In a trade the Cowboys give up picks 16, 78, 206 and their 2015 1st round and 4th round picks for

2. DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Then Jerry gets a call from the 49ers offering picks 61 & 77 for 48 & 115. Jerry takes it and grabs

61. WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson

BTB has lost its collective minds by the time pick 77 rolls around. The internet explodes when a trade is announced. Dallas sends pick 77 to the Chiefs for picks 87 & 120.

87. QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama

120. OG Anthony Steen, Alabama

208. OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College

215. FS Tre Boston, North Carolina


1. OG Zach Fulton, Tennessee

2. DT Zachariah Kerr, Delaware

3. RB Dri Archer, Kent State

What you get: Well it's definitely a splash. You get Clowney, and a two-time National Champ QB in McCarron. Jerry gushing about the best BRYANT WR tandem in the history of the NFL, and the fastest guy in the draft. Plus all kinds of trade drama. The Cowboys are the big winner when it comes to most talked about draft. On the plus side, they do get a dynamic pass rusher, a tall/fast WR, a developmental QB, a solid G who can be a good backup, an extremely fast (4.51) LB who can play in a hybrid nickel S/LB role and ST, a safety who did very well at the combine, another solid guard to solidify the depth inside, a DT with some upside as a quick 1 tech and a speedster RB.

So there you have it BTB, four mocks with four different philosophies and 36 different names projected to the Cowboys. Let me know what you think in the comments and be sure to vote on your favorite!

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