Free agency appears to be winding down for the Dallas Cowboys. I can't even find a decent rumor anywhere out there. So let's switch gears for the time being and start discussing the big event coming up in April, the NFL draft. If it's time for the draft then it's time for that favorite past-time, the mock draft; never have so many been so wrong so often, unless you count the people who vote on "American Idol".
In the spirit of mock drafting, I tried to find a consensus on what the Dallas Cowboys will do with pick #18, assuming they actually stay with that pick instead of trading down. I surveyed nine sites that I got from Googling the phrase 2006 NFL mock draft. I also tried to make sure they had been updated recently. Here's how it broke down:
Jonathon Scott - 3 picks
Marcus McNeil - 2 picks
Santonio Holmes - 2 picks
Jimmy Williams - 1 pick
Manny Lawson - 1 pick
Jonathon Scott - OT Texas: Scott is very experienced (RS Senior) and athletic tackle. He has ideal size and moves well for his big frame. Scott has started since his freshman year and excels in both the run and pass game.
Updated: March 24th, 2005
Jonathon Scott - OT Texas: Jonathan Scott has ideal size for an NFL offensive tackle. Scott has quick feet which helps him excel in pass protection. He is extremely strong with his hands and arms which leads to incredible run blocking. Scott would give the Cowboys some much needed protection for Drew Bledsoe. This would allow for the Cowboys running game to take some pressure off of Bledsoe. The Cowboys let Drew Bledsoe get sacked 49 times in the 2005 season which is too much for an aging QB.
Updated: March 26, 2006
Jonathan Scott - OT Texas: They stay safe and take the local college star.
Updated: March 22, 2006
Marcus McNeill - OT Auburn: Bledsoe needs blocking to get T.O. the ball.
Marcus McNeill - OT Auburn: Dallas must address concerns along the O line, where a 6th round rookie (Rob Petitti) started last season and OG Larry Allen (potential cap casualty in '06 or '07) is aging. McNeill is an incredible athlete for his size and has the versatility to play OT or OG for the Cowboys.
Updated: March 14, 2006
Santonio Holmes - WR Ohio State
Updated: March 23, 2006
Santonio Holmes - WR Ohio State: There's not a big need the Cowboys can fill at this point without reaching, so they go best player available and boost the depth of their receiving corps.
Updated: Mar 25 2006
Jimmy Williams - DB Virginia Tech: After addressing WR and OT in free agency, they land a standout safety to pair with Roy Williams.
Manny Lawson - OLB N.C. State: With the addition of Terrell Owens, the Cowboys likely will be looking for another pass rusher or a pass blocker with this choice. The team is clearly gearing up for a Super Bowl run this season, and Lawson would provide an immediate impact opposite young star DeMarcus Ware.
Updated: March 24, 2006
Todd McShay at Scouts.com has us choosing Santonio Holmes, but that was previous to the Terrell Owens signing. He acknowledges his choice would change if Owens was signed.
Mel Kiper, Jr. and Don Banks at SI.com have us taking WR Chad Jackson, but that was also pre-Owens signing.
If you've found other ones that I didn't cover put them in the comments section.