The 2014 BTB Mock Draft Challenge: Post Free Agency Edition

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Time for some mock draft fun. Submit your mock draft now and have it voted on by your fellow BTB members. Think you're up to the challenge?

The 2014 NFL draft is exactly 19 days away, and there's probably not much breaking Cowboys news to be expected today. What better time for some mock draft fun?

The challenge for you: Create a Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft.

This is the second time this year we're doing this exercise, after doing our first one in January. So go ahead, create your Mock Draft for the Dallas Cowboys and submit it for a peer review by your Blogging The Boys peers. The BTB community will hand out recommendations for those mocks they like the most, and the winners will be put to a final vote some time next week.

But wait. There are rules. You can't just pick whatever players you like.

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The Rules

  • The contest will run from now until midnight ET on Easter Sunday. We will use the CBSSports Big Board from April 15, 2014 as the basis for all mock drafts.
  • Dallas owns the no. 16, 47, 78, 119, 158, 229, 231, 238, 248, 251 and 254 picks.
  • We will assume that all draft-eligible players will be available at exactly the spot CBSSports has them in. You don't like where CBS has a player ranked? Go complain to someone who cares.
  • You pick at your exact spot or anywhere below that (e.g. 16th or anywhere from 16 to 26 or so)
  • You are allowed only one trade-down. The value you give up in the trade-up must be equal to or greater than the value you receive, e.g. your 16th (1,000 pts) pick could get you Green Bay's 21st and 85th picks (965 pts). At 21, CBSSports would give you the option between C.J. Mosley, Dee Ford and Ryan Shazier, as well as others further down, so trading down in the first round could be appealing for some Cowboys fans.
  • You may however trade up as often as you want. Again though, the value you give up in the trade up must be equal to or greater than the value you receive, e.g. your 16th (1,000 pts) and your 78th (200 pts) picks could get you the 13th pick (1,150 pts).
  • You may not, under any circumstance, trade any of your comp picks (248, 251, or 254)
  • Mocks that do not meet the criteria outlined above will be deleted. In our last challenge, we had 120+ mocks submitted. That number is difficult enough to read through, and you don't want to have to waste time on mocks that don't fit the bill.
  • Use this handy draft pick value calculator and the draft value chart immediately below it, it will make this exercise a lot easier.

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Just as a reminder, here are the two previous winning mocks from our January exercise:

January winner: jayrosser27
January runner up: Bermystar
Rd Player Rd Player
1 Aaron Donald, DT 1 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS
2 Will Sutton, DT 2 Will Sutton, DT
3 Michael Sam, DE 3 Marcus Smith, DE
4 Dion Bailey, FS 4 Kareem Martin, DE
5 Adrian Hubbard, OLB 5 Tahj Boyd, QB
7 Aaron Lynch, DE 7 De'Anthony Thomas, RB
7 L'Damian Washington, WR 7 Kadeem Edwards, OG

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To get this challenge started, I'll submit the following mock, which has one trade-down:

TRADE DOWN: 16 for Cincinnati's 24+88+123 (1,000 for 939 points)

Rd 1. (24) Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Rd 2. (47) Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

Rd 3. (78) Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

Rd 3. (88) Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

Rd 4. (119) Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford

Rd 4. (123) Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Rd 5. (158) Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley

Rd 7. (229) Kerry Hyder, DT, Texas Tech

Rd 7. (231) Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson

Rd 7. (238) Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State

Rd 7. (248) Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford

Rd 7. (251) L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri

Rd 7. (254) Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwest Missouri St.

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Your turn.

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