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Gosselin Mock Draft No. 2: J.J. Watt to Cowboys

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J.J. Watt emerges as a late but strong favorite to be taken by the Cowboys.
J.J. Watt emerges as a late but strong favorite to be taken by the Cowboys.

Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News released his second mock of the year (hidden behind a pay wall here), which sees the Cowboys taking J.J. Watt, DE out of Wisconsin. In his first mock last week, Gosselin had Tyron Smith going to the Cowboys.

Gosselin always offers up three mock drafts prior to the draft. The first mock is based on his draft board of the top 32 players, yesterday's second mock focuses more on team needs and the third and final mock which will be released on Thursday is how he sees the draft playing out.

The Huddle Report lists Rick Gosselin as the most accurate NFL mock drafter of the last five years, so we listen up when Gosselin speaks. Last year, he famously predicted the Dez Bryant pick

Like this year, Gosselin picked an offensive lineman, Mike Iupati, in his first mock last year. And like this year, he changed that pick in his second mock to Dez Bryant, who remained the pick on his third and final mock last year. Will this year see a repeat of that pattern, and will J.J. Watt be the Cowboys pick on Thursday night?

On Saturday we detailed how Matt Mosley of Foxsports Southwest and the National Football Post were both reporting that the Cowboys have taken a strong liking to J.J. Watt. Today, Peter King of SI.com reiterates those points in his MMQB column, making J.J. Watt a late but strong entry in the list of favorites for the Cowboys' top pick:

Dallas isn't solid about what to do at nine. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cowboys stretch for versatile Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo (wisely) or Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt.