With a small time-delay, we've reached the conclusion of the BTB Writers' Mock Draft exercise. I think all of us have gained an immense respect for those that partake in multi-round projections. Even though we all fancy ourselves knowledgeable of teams other than the Cowboys, you really have to know a team inside and out to make a correct projection. As we've seen, the spirit of our team needs sways rather quickly. For instance, when Dave made the pick of Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara, it was met with widespread approval. However, just a few weeks later without much additional information, the pulse of BTB seems to lean in a different direction.
The second round pick for Dallas that I was in charge of, surprised me in the community's reactions. TCU's Marcus Cannon has been the second round pick I've had targeted since the off-season began. To be accountable, I may have even done something that the Cowboys have been accused of, sticking to a prospect despite the additional information. Since TCU's season has ended, he has had less-than-stellar evaluations reported about his tape and the consensus second-round grade has disappeared. On the other hand, sometimes a GM needs to make a pick if he feels that there is something there that the others aren't seeing.
Before we take a look at how the two rounds of our exercise broke down, let's take a look at the final eight picks of the round. For a recap of the rest of round 2, go here.
|Draft Pick||Team||2010 Record||Previous Selection(s)||Assigned Writer||2nd Round Pick||Team Needs|
|57||Seattle||(7-9)||QB Ryan Mallett||OCC||CB Curtis Brown, Texas||QB, 4-3 DT, CB, WR, OT, OG|
|58||Baltimore||(12-4)||OT Derek Sherrod||KD||CB Brandon Burton, Utah||WR, OT, CB, FS, SS, OG, TE,|
|59||Atlanta||(13-3)||OT Gabe Carimi||Rabble||WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky||4-3 DE, CB, WR, OT, TE, RB|
|60||New England||(14-2)||DE JJ Watt, RB Mark Ingram||Rabble||OL Stefen Wisniewski, Penn St||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, CB, RB, WR, OG, OT|
|61||San Diego||(9-7)||LB Akeem Ayers||KD||FS Rahim Moore, UCLA||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OT|
|62||Chicago||(11-5)||DT Stephen Paea||OCC||OG Rodney Hudson, Florida State||4-3 DT, C, SS, WR, OG, OT,|
|63||Pittsburgh||(12-4)||DE Muhammad Wilkerson||OCC||TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee||CB, OG, OT, WR, 3-4 ILB, FS, SS, 3-4 DT, 3-4 DE|
|64||Green Bay||(10-6)||DE Corey Liuget, Illinois||KD||OT Marcus Gilbert, Florida||3-4 OLB, CB, OT, OC|
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Here's a link to the first round analysis.
-- If Dallas doesn't go corner in the first two rounds, they face the prospect of missing out on the top 8 corners available in this draft. However, the ever intriguing but oft-injured Ras-I Dowling of Virginia is still out there as a first round talent with a mid round grade.
-- 2 complete rounds without a strong safety selected. Very interesting as the Cowboys are preparing for life post-Sensebaugh.
Drafted By Position:
QB(5): Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallet, Christian Ponder(2nd)
RB(3): Mark Ingram, Mikel LeShoure(2nd), Ryan Wiliams (2nd)
WR(7): AJ Green, Julio Jones, Jonathan Baldwin(2nd), Leonard Hankerson(2nd), Randall Cobb(2nd), Titus Young(2nd), Torrey Smith(2nd)
OT(8): Anthony Castonzo, Derek Sherrod, Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder, Tyron Smith, Marcus Cannon(2nd), Marcus Gilbert(2nd), Ben Ijalana(2nd)
DT(6): Corey Liuget, Marcel Dareus, Nick Fairley, Phil Taylor, Stephen Paea, Drake Nevis (2nd)
DE(7): Cameron Jordan, Da'Quan Bowers, JJ Watt, Muhammad Wilkerson, Adrian Clayborn, Cameron Hayward(2nd), Christian Ballard (2nd),
LB(5): Akeem Ayers, Aldon Smith, Justin Houston, Robert Quinn, Von Miller, Brooks Reed (2nd), Jabaal Sheard (2nd), Martez Wilson(2nd), Mason Foster (2nd)
CB(8): Brandon Harris, Jimmy Smith, Patrick Peterson, Prince Amukamara, Aaron Williams (2nd), Brandon Burton (2nd), Curtis Brown (2nd), Davon House (2nd),
OG(4): Jason Pinkston(2nd), Danny Watkins(2nd), Mike Pouncey(2nd), Rodney Hudson(2nd)
OC(1): Brandon Fusco(2nd)
FS(2): DeAndre McDaniel(2nd), Rahim Moore(2nd)
TE(2): Kyle Rudolph(2nd), Luke Stocker(2nd)
FB, SS, K, P: 0 selections