The Cowboys go through many, many mock permutations before they pick for real. Today, I'm taking a similar approach. What happens if the top OT and FS prospects are gone when it's Dallas' turn?
1. Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State
Odrick looks like the five-technique end the Cowboys look for. He's got prototypical size ( 6'4", 298 lbs.) power and hand usage. He looks quicker than Marcus Spears was coming out of LSU, which means that unlike Spears, he can stay on the field for three downs. He's the type of player would could slide inside to DT when the Cowboys play nickel and generate pressure.2. Major Wright, FS, Florida
The last of the top-tier coverage safeties, Wright looks like the best bet to be on the board if the Cowboys stay put at 59. He's not the ballhawk that Earl Thomas, Nate Allen and Morgan Burnett are, but Wright may be better than the last two in man coverage. Reads like a player with the proper tools who would benefit from coaching. Impressed in his Combine drills, where he displayed easy change-of-direction and drive on the football.
3. John Jerry, OG, Mississippi
I've seen him in the late 2nd, and he might rate there on some boards because he dominated during Senior Bowl week. However, he's a guard in a deep draft and guards fall. He'll go higher if teams think he can play RT, where he started for Ole Miss. Fits the Dallas mold of a big, aggressive mauler. A Leonard Davis type guard.
4. Jeremy Williams, WR, Tulane
Lost in the crowd of big receivers coming out this year, Williams just produces. Didn't flash warp speed at Indy but showed deep speed on the field. Is more natural tracking the ball than a lot of the other higher rated big wideouts. Can locate, leap and snag the football. Had microfracture surgery after his junior season, which may also drop him. He was nonetheless a very, very productive receiver as a senior.
6. Mike Tepper, OT, Cal
Another guy who gets high mid-round grades in some mocks and lower round grades in others. Has battled injuries during his college career but has returned and produced. Played LT for Cal but projects to the right side as a pro. A tough player who can generate a push in the run game, something Dallas wants from its right tackle.
7. Thad Turner, CB, Ohio
Raw prospect with the speed to cover man-to-man.