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Cowboys Draft '09 -- Lets Play the Scenario Game

Let's run down some possible drafting combos, going on a couple of hunches:

  • First, Dallas will get a safety with one of its first two picks.  If there's a need position, this is it.
  • Second, I don't anticipate many moves up or down, at least not in the 2nd round.  

Scenario One -- The Surprise Option

  • 51-  Max Unger, C, Oregon
  • 69 - Darcel McBath, FS, Texas Tech
  • 101 -- Jasper Brinkley, ILB, South Carolina
  • 117 -- Brandon Williams, OLB, Texas Tech

Unger goes in most mocks about 8-10 spots ahead of the Cowboys' first pick.  But sometimes good players fall.  Jerry Jones mentioned today that Flozell Adams and Andre Gurode were both players slotted into first round mocks, who fell into the early 2nd their respective years.

Unger would provide cover for all five line spots.  He's a center who can also play guard or tackle.  If he drops, Dallas wouldn't hesitate to pick him.

Scenario Two -- Safety First

  • 51 -- Louis Delmas, FS, Western Michigan
  • 69 -- Lawrence Sidbury, OLB, RIchmond
  • 101 -- Jason Williams, LB, Western Illinois
  • 117 -- Sebastian Vollmer, OT, Houston

If the higher safety on the Cowboys board is there, they take what they need and keep stocking the defense.  Williams is another LB option besides Brinkley.  He looks like Kevin Burnett with bulk, a 241 pounder who runs the 40 in 4.5.  He could start in the nickel and work towards playing all three downs.

Scenario Three -- The Move Option

  • 51-  Brian Robiske, WR, Ohio State
  • 69 -- Darcel McBath, FS, Texas Tech
  • 90 -- (trade up) Stephen McGee, QB, Texas A&M
  • 117 -- Brandon Williams, OLB, Texas Tech

A very Texan flavor to this mock.  I'm building this one on the assumption that Delmas and Unger are gone.  In that case, Dallas resists forcing a pick and goes with a wideout.  McBath fills the safety need in the early third and Dallas makes a move of approximately 10-12 spots to nab McGee, who will likely go somewhere in the 3rd round, from what I'm hearing.  Williams brings a pass rushing prospect in the 4th. 

There are many other permutations, but I think the Cowboys will follow a script similar to these.  They'll take some combination of FS, ILB, OLB, WR, QB and OL, and just go with the best option at each pick.  Review the list of attendees to Dallas "Texas Day" and the team's prospect day and draw up a few more scenarios of your own.

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