30 of the NFL's 32 teams are now in full-blown draft prep mode. The Senior Bowl has come and gone and the Texas vs. The Nation Game (or 'NFLPA Game' in its newest incarnation) is the only organized football activity remaining on scouts' and mocker's schedules until the Combine arrives.
Some of the draft's big guns have already released their early mocks and many mockers have been frantically updating their mocks based on their impressions of the Senior Bowl.
This week sees Cameron Jordan's stock rise as a potential Cowboys pick, but that is by no means the consensus opinion on the mock drafts that we survey after the break.
Wes Bunting of NFP, 2/1/2011: Cameron Jordan, DE/DT, California
"Has really taken his game to another level this season, being productive at a number of positions along the defensive line using his combination of power, burst and suddenness to beat blocks and get after the football. Is inconsistent with his hands, but looks like a potential starter as either a three- or five-technique guy at the next level. Looks like a better prospect than Tyson Alualu to me."
SB Nation (Brian Galliford), 1/31/2011: Cameron Jordan, DE/DT, Cal.
"With the top two corners off the board, Dallas can simply take the best defender available. There's little doubt that that's Jordan here, who drew rave reviews from the Senior Bowl after dominating a surprisingly good group of blockers in 1-on-1 drills during three straight practices last week."
Drafttek.com, 1/25/2011: Cameron Jordan, DE/DT, Cal.
"The title of this CMD is "Dallas Does Defense!" - we're going to assume (or hope or pray) for the moment that Cuzzin Jerruh addresses the OL in F/A. Cameron Jordan was unblockable during Senior Bowl week and Big Rob Ryan was constantly whispering in Jason Garrett's ear. The Cowboys could potentially lose 2 or 3 DE's to F/A and they need more penetration from the position than the incumbents provided anyway if they intend to improve their pass defense. This is step 1 -- wait until you see what steps 2 and 3 entail!"
CBSSports.com (Chad Reuter), 1/31/2011: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
"Improving the offensive line is of great importance if head coach Jason Garrett wants to keep QB Tony Romo healthy."
CBSsports.com (Rob Rang), 1/31/2011: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
"Excluding outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer (college defensive ends) the Cowboys spent one first-round pick this decade on the big men up front (DE Marcus Spears, 2005). Dallas could use a highly rated offensive tackle here, but with no OT worthy of this pick, they shift to the defensive side of the ball or trade down. Clayborn's production dropped this season, but not his value in the eyes of scouts, who view him as the top senior defensive lineman (and among the safer prospects) in the draft."
Foxsports (Peter Schrager), 2/2/2011: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
"The 2010 season didn’t go exactly as planned for the Dallas D, as second- and third-tier quarterbacks such as David Garrard, Rex Grossman and Shaun Hill lit up the Cowboys. Cornerback and safety are the most pressing needs on the roster, though some Cowboys fans will be pushing for an offensive tackle here."
"Nate Solder out of Colorado is a possibility, but I think Dallas goes with a defensive back in the end. Though he didn’t rack up the interceptions in 2010, Amukamara lived up to the hype: He was an All-American, Big 12 defensive player of the year and Jim Thorpe Award finalist. He'd be a welcome addition to Rob Ryan's unit."
Walter Football, 2/3/2011: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
"Solder might be a bit raw, but the sky's the limit for him - or at least that's how the scouts see it. Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities: Prince Amukamara, Marcell Dareus, or Trade Down: The Cowboys could be the first team to move down. In this version of my 2011 NFL Mock Draft, none of the top players available fit Dallas' needs (RB, CB, S, OL)."
Draft Ace.com (Ryan McCrystal), 1/31/2011: Marcel Dareus, DE, Alabama
"Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net recently reported that the Cowboys want a cornerback. Unless they're content to reach for Prince Amukamara or Brandon Harris, they may need to trade up to get Peterson in order to make that happen. A more likely scenario is the Cowboys settling for a defensive end. Marcel Dareus, who played end in Alabama's 3-4 defense, would be a perfect fit in Dallas and could replace free agent Marcus Spears."
Draft Season (Eric Falk), 2/2/2012: Von Miller LB, Texas A&M
"With the top corners off the board, they improve their pass rush by teaming Miller with DeMarcus Ware."
Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft overview (min. two rounds deep)
||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||4th Round
||5th Round||6th Round||7th Round
|Draft Site||2/3/2011||Tyron Smith, OT, USC
||Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
||Tyler Sash, S, Iowa
||Chris Rucker, CB, Michigan State
||Steve Schilling, OG, Michigan
||Chris White, ILB, Mississippi State
||Ryan Pugh, OC, Auburn
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||2/3/2011||Cameron Jordan, DE/DT, Cal
||Demarcus Love, OT, Arkansas
||Justin Boren, G, Ohio St
||Jeron Johnson, SS, Boise St
||Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
||Ian Williams, DT, ND
||Jason Teague, CB/FS, TCU
|Drafttek||2/3/2011||Cameron Jordan, DE/DT, Cal
||Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
||Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor||Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor||Curt Porter, OT, Jacksonville State||Kenny Rowe, OLB34, Oregon||Henry Hynoski, FB, Pittsburgh|
|New Sport Draft||1/31/2011||Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio St
||DeMarcus Love, OT, Arkansas
||DeVier Posey, WR, OSU
||Jeron Johnson, SS, Boise St
||Ronald Johnson, WR, USC
|Walter Football||2/3/2011||Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
||Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
||Jerrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss
||Richard Sherman, CB/FS, Stanford
|NE Patriots Draft||2/2/2011||Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
||Corey Liuget, DL, Illinois
||Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
|NFL Draft Blitz||1/29/2011||Marcel Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama
||Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
||DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
||1/31/2011||Marcel Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama
||Aaron Williams, CB, Texas