Four more weeks to go. You still can't stay away from those mock drafts, they're still too much fun.
But by now you are beginning to notice the names of some of the sites featuring mock drafts. And you begin to wonder just how seriously you can take mock drafts.
Mock drafts are a dichotomy. On one hand a mock is supposed to be an accurate representation of something else, as in a mock-up. On the other hand, to mock is to imitate in a derisive or unflattering way, to make fun of. They're begging to be ridiculed by their very name.
Regardless, they're still fun because they focus attention on players or positions that we can sit around and endlessly talk about. Because that's what we do, especially in the offseason.
As always, we recommend starting with Raf's Mock 6.0. This week we look at which of the players projected as possible options for the Cowboys are moving up the draft boards, and which aren't. Enjoy.
Stock watch - Who's up and who's down.
Below is a table from 20 different mock sites showing the draft spots they project for some of the players that have been linked with the Cowboys in recent weeks. The totals at the right show:
A) Avg: The average draft position for each player according to the 20 mocks. Where no position was given, I used the 35th spot to calculate the average. Obvious outliers I removed from the average, and Ive added the averages from last week.
B) In Reach: Number of mocks that see a player "within reach" of the Cowboys, i.e. available by pick 27 or later.
Up: Maurkice Pouncey takes the biggest leap up the draft boards, jumping 3.4 spots. Dan Williams is a close second, up 3.0 notches.
Down: Combine workout sensation Bruce Campbell drops 4.5 spots. Three mocks have moved him out of the first round altogether. Seven mocks see him going to the Raiders. This may be because they see Campbell as a good fit there, or it may be that the mockers are simply banking on more strange decision making in Oakland. If, for arguments sake, we take out those seven Oakland picks, Campbell's average would drop to 26.2. Would you take Campbell with the 27th pick, or would you trade down?
Mike Iuapati (-1.9), Golden Tate (-1.7) and Brian Price (-1.5) also see their stock drop.
Note: I always try to fill these mock summaries with the latest, greatest mocks. This means that the twenty mocks in the summary change from week to week. Comparing week to week changes may therefore be a bit dubious, but it gives an indication of what's going on. Just take it with a grain of salt.
With the 27th pick, the Dallas Cowboys choose...
Out of the 20 mocks, Mike Iupati and Taylor Mays fall to the Cowboys four times each, Earl Thomas and Charles Brown twice.
Wes Bunting picks Morgan Burnett (S) for the Cowboys, Rob Rang picks Roger Saffold (OT) and NEPatriotsDraft pick Nate Allen (S).
Of the 20 mocks, eight have Dallas taking a safety.
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Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft overview (min. three rounds deep, new picks highlighted in bold)
||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||4th Round
||6th Round||7th Round
|Rafael Vela, Mock 6.0||3/27/2010||traded down||2A: Vladimir Ducasse, OT U-Mass
2B: Nate Allen, FS, South Florida
|3A: J.D. Walton, C, Baylor
3B: Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
|Al Woods, DT/NT LSU||Sherrick McManis, CB, Northwestern||Kyle Williams, WR, Arizona State|
||3/25/2010||Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
||Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma
||Major Wright, FS, Florida
Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
|NE Patriots Draft
Nate Allen, S, USF
||Brandon Lafell, WR, LSU
Austen Lane, DE, Murray St.
||Chris Marinelli, OT, Stanford
||3/24/2010||Charles Brown, OT, USC
||Reshad Jones, S, Georgia
||Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
||3/23/2010||Earl Thomas, FS, USC
||Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
||Carlton Mitchell, WR South Florida
||Arthur Jones, DE, Syracuse
||Shelley Smith, OG, Colorado State
||Kion Wilson, ILB, South Florida
||3/23/2010||Maurkice Pouncey, OG/C, Florida
||Corey Wooton, DE Northwestern
||Donald Butler, LB, Washington
||Selvish Capers, OT W. Virginia
||Brody Eldrige, TE Oklahoma
||Leigh Tiffin, K, Alabama
|No Off- season
||3/23/2010||Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
||Selvish Capers, OT, W. Virginia
||Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt
||3/22/2010||Taylor Mays, S, USC
||Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson
||Pat Angerer, ILB, Iowa
|Sports Agent Blog
||3/19/2010||Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
||Nate Allen, S, USF
||Ciron Black, OT, LSU
||Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB, Indiana