clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2011 NFL Mock Drafts: Which Need Positions Will Cowboys Address Via Free Agency?

New, comments
Jerry Jones and his son Stephen, director of player personnel, ponder what to do in free agency this year.
Jerry Jones and his son Stephen, director of player personnel, ponder what to do in free agency this year.

Ask most Cowboys fans about the greatest needs the Cowboys have going into the draft, and chances are you'll get some combination of offensive line, safety, cornerback and defensive end. Some might even argue that a seven round draft isn't enough to fill all the Cowboys needs, but let's stay with the top needs for now.

Even though the Cowboys are drafting high this year, there's virtually no chance that they'll be able come away from the draft with four first-year starters/significant contributors at all four positions. At #9 and #40, the Cowboys should expect to draft first-year starters or significant contributors, but if they were to find an immediate starter in the third round, that would be a very big win on draft day.

This of course means that the Cowboys may need to fill at least two of their most gaping holes via free agency. But which ones? After the break, we look at our mock draft database of 1st and 2nd round picks to see what the draftniks think about the topic.

The table below shows the 1st and 2nd round picks of 20 mock drafts for the Cowboys.

Site (Last Update) 1st round pick Pos College 2nd round pick Pos College
New NFL Draft (3/7) Tyron Smith OT USC DeMarcus Love OT Arkansas
NE Patriots Draft (3/7) Cameron Jordan DE California Danny Watkins G/T Baylor
NFL Draft Blitz (3/5) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Rodney Hudson G/C Florida St.
Draft Breakdown (3/5) Cameron Jordan DE California Rahim Moore S UCLA
FF Toolbox (De Lima) (3/4) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Allen Bailey DE Miami
FF Toolbox (Warner) (3/4) Robert Quinn DE N. Carolina Benjamin Ijalana G/T Villanova
Darft Site (3/3) Tyron Smith OT USC DeAndre McDaniel S Clemson
Walter Football (3/3) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Aaron Williams CB Texas
Foxsports (3/3) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Rahim Moore S UCLA
Draft Tek (3/2) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Marcus Cannon OT TCU
Mynfldraft (3/2) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Rodney Hudson G/C Florida St.
The Football Expert (3/2) Patrick Peterson CB LSU Cameron Heyward DE Ohio St.
FF Toolbox (Welser) (3/2) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Quinton Carter S Oklahoma
FF Toolbox (Standig) (3/2) J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin Aaron Williams CB Texas
FF Toolbox (Dimon) (3/2) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Benjamin Ijalana G/T Villanova
Draft Ace (2/28) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Danny Watkins G/T Baylor
Draft Season (2/24) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Rahim Moore S UCLA
GBN Report (2/14) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Derek Sherrod G/T Mississippi St.
SB Nation (2/14) Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Rahim Moore S UCLA
Sideline Scouting (2/13) Cameron Jordan DE California Rahim Moore S UCLA

13 of the 20 mocks have the Cowboys taking a corner with the first pick (12 x Amukamara, 1 x Peterson). Five mocks have the Cowboys taking a DE and only two see the Cowboys taking an offensive lineman in the first.

The weighting obviously changes somewhat for the second round picks where nine mocks lead the charge with an offensive lineman, seven have the Cowboys taking a safety, while CBs and DEs are the Cowboy picks in two mocks each.

In total, out of the 40 players picked, 15 are CBs, 11 O-linemen, seven DE's and seven safeties. Obviously, the numbers are skewed by the talent available at the positions the Cowboys pick in (i.e. there's no safety worth a high first round pick), but it does give an indication about what the mock drafters in this list think the Cowboys priorities will be on draft day.

If you're the Cowboys, and know that you'll have to fill two of your four biggest need positions via free agency, which positions will you look to shore up in the draft, and which will you look for in free agency?