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Mocking the Cowboys Draft: Two Weeks To Go

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Less than two weeks to go. We no longer have to count weeks. We now start counting days, and pretty soon we'll be counting hours.

Most of us have been waiting for the draft for close to four months now, a few of us have been waiting since last April. Be strong my friends. The event we’ve all been drooling over is tantalizingly close. "Can you feel it, see it, hear it today? If you can't, then it doesn't matter anyway.

In less than two weeks, the Dallas Cowboys will welcome a half dozen or so young players to the family. Some of the names called over draft weekend will become key contributors. Some may become franchise cornerstones.

You’ve done your homework. You've devoured every draft publication you could get your hands on. You’ve scoured the internet for every mock draft and prospect evaluation. You think you've got all your pet cats lined up neatly in a row - and then along came the McNabb trade. All it takes is for one team to mix it up - that includes trading up/down - and all your pet cats scatter like a bunch of pigeons in Central Park.

This week we introduce you to the concept of swarm intelligence and take a look at the players we think received a first-round grade from the Cowboys and how they've fared. Enjoy.

25 first round grades

We believe the Cowboys have assigned 25 first round grades on this year's board. If you believe in the concept of swarm intelligence (the collective behavior of self-organized systems without a centralized control structure that can lead to the emergence of "intelligent" global behavior, unknown to the individual agents), then you must assume that the predictive value of 20 mocks is greater than that of a single mock.

Below is a table from 20 different mock sites showing the draft spots they project for these 25 players. The totals on 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. Where a spot lower than 40 was given, I used 40 to calculate the average, as I have a hard time believing that any of these 25 prospects would fall that low, barring unforeseen circumstances.

B) In Reach: Number of mocks that see a player "within reach" of the Cowboys, i.e. available by pick 27 or later.

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Stock watch - Who's up and who's down.

The run on OTs has started: All offensive tackles are up versus last week. Four of the seven biggest risers in our swarm intelligence enhanced rankings are offensive tackles. Trent Williams (+1.7 notches), Bruce Campbell (+1.6), Anthony Davis (+1.4) and Bryan Bulaga (+1.3) are all rising fast, even Russell Okung is up 0.5 spots from an already high 4.1 to 3.6. Interestingly, in the slipstream of these OTs, other OTs like Charles Brown, Roger Saffold and Jared Veldheer are quietly entering the first round in some mocks and pushing first round graded players the Cowboys' way.

Up: Outside of OTs, C Maurkice Pouncey leads the charge, up 2.8 spots. CB Kyle Wilson (+1.6) and S Earl Thomas (+1.6) , also saw their stock rise over the last week.

Down: In the wake of McNabb's signing in Washington, Jimmy Clausen drops sharply by 2.7 spots, but his fall will likely be cushioned by Buffalo with the ninth pick. Other notable drops: OLB Brandon Graham (-2.2), FS Taylor Mays (-2.0), WR Dez Bryant (-1.7) and CB Joe Haden (-1.3)

Note: The twenty mocks in the summary are the same as the ones from last week (all have been updated) so any bias of using different mocks has been removed from the week to week changes.

With the 27th pick, the Dallas Cowboys select...

Out of the 20 mocks, DE Jared Odrick is available for the Cowboys with the 27th pick ten times. C Maurkice Pouncey (8), OLB Sean Weatherspoon (8), OLB Sergio Kindle (7) and S taylor Mays (7) round off the handful of players most likely to slip within reach of the 27th spot.

Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft overview (min. three rounds deep, new picks highlighted in bold)

Source last updated
1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round 4th Round
6th Round 7th Round
New Sport Draft 4/9/2010 Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
Georgie Selvie, DE, South Florida
Darryl Sharpton, LB - Miami Hurricanes
Austen Lane, DE - Murray State


SportsAgentBlog
4/8/2010 Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts
Amary Spievey, CB, Iowa
Myron Rolle, S, Florida State
Denario Alexander, WR, Missouri


CDS Draft 4/8/2010 Nate Allen, S, South Florida
Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota
Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama



NE Patriots Draft 4/8/2010 Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts
Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
Austen Lane, DE, Murray St.
Chris Marinelli, OT, Stanford


No Offseason 4/8/2010 Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Charles Brown, OT, USC
Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt



Draftsite 4/7/2010 Charles Brown, OT, USC
Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Myron Rolle, S, Florida State
Eric Olsen, C, Notre Dame
Leon Wright, CB, Duke
John Fletcher, DT, Wyoming
Foxsports 4/7/2010 Roger Saffold, OT/OG, Indiana
Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Selvish Capers, OT, West Virginia



FF Toolbox 4/7/2010 Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
Andre Roberts, WR, Citadel



Drafttek 4/6/2010 Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Tyson Alualu, DT, California
Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson
Amary Spievey, CB, Iowa
David Pender, FS, Purdue
Tony Washington, OT, Abilene C.
Walter Football 4/6/2010 Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
Major Wright, S, Florida
Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida


Football Draft Analysis 4/6/2010 Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan



Draft Ace 4/5/2010 Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Reshad Jones, S, Georgia
Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida