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Cowboys Mock Draft Roundup: Mockers of the World Unite!

Btb_draft_medium_mediumTony Pauline, Sports Illustrated draft analyst, passed on the following draft rumor/speculation on his blog:

We continue to hear the Dallas Cowboys are looking to do to things in the draft with their first pick 1) trade down and 2) grab an NFL ready right tackle. If they cannot move the ninth pick we understand Tyron Smith presently sits atop their draft board. As we reported last week head coach Jason Garrett and line coach Hudson Houck were in Los Angeles for the USC pro-day and the team is scheduled to bring Smith in for a visit.

That certainly opens up all sorts of possibilities ...

Yet when we look around the mock draft world, it appears that the mockers of the world have united and proclaimed Tyron Smith to be the foregone conclusion as the Cowboys' top pick. Over half of the mocks I regularly poll have Tyron Smith as the Cowboys' pick, and just like Morissey, I have grown slighty tired of all these Smiths.

So today, we'll only look at quotes by mock drafters who think the Cowboys will take someone not named Smith.

Here's an overview of our BTB Mock Draft database. Smith gets 14 of 25 votes, Watt gets 4 nods and Amukamara 3, while Bowers and Castonzo get two selections each.

Mock draft Date #9 DAL
Drafttek 4/6 Smith
Walter Football 4/5 Smith
Draft Season 4/5 Amukamara
Doug Farrar (Shutdown Corner) 4/5 Castonzo 4/5 Amukamara
Russ Lande (Sporting News) 4/4 Castonzo
Chad Reuter (NFL Draft Scout/CBS) 4/4 Smith
Rob Rang (NFL Draft Scout/CBS) 4/4 Smith
Brian Galliford (SB Nation) 4/4 Smith
Al Fronzak (East Coast SportsNews) 4/2 Smith
Mocking The Draft 3/31 Smith
Charles Davis ( 3/31 Watt
Wes Bunting (Nat'l Football Post) 3/30 Smith
Don Banks ( 3/30 Smith
Pete Prisco (CBSSports) 3/29 Smith
Clark Judge (CBSSports) 3/29 Watt
Steve Wyche ( 3/29 Watt
Draft Ace 3/28 Smith
Evan Silva (Rotoworld) 3/28 Smith
Dan Shonka (Ourlads) 3/26 Smith
Nolan Nawrocki (Pro Football Weekly) 3/25 Bowers
Scott Wright (Draft Countdown) 3/21 Watt
Todd McShay (ESPN) 3/16 Smith
Great Blue North Draft Report 3/14 Bowers
Mel Kiper (ESPN) 3/9 Amukamara

Draft Season: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

"The Boys could use one more corner and should be thrilled to see the Fresh Prince of Nebraska on the board. This is one pick I’m going to lock in."

Shutdown Corner (Doug Farrar), Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

"Jerry Jones has plowed a huge amount of money into skill and flash positions in the last few years, only to finally realize that without the big behemoths to protect them, those stat-collectors don't look so good. Right tackle Marc Colombo has proven to be especially vulnerable to the efforts of enemy defenders, and Castonzo looks to be the toughest, most well-rounded, tackle in this class. Typical of BC offensive linemen, he comes to the NFL with a great sense of fundamentals, which is something that has been in short supply on Dallas' front five in recent seasons." (Charles Davis), 4/3/2011: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

"Former TE at Central Michigan has morphed into a much-debated big-time DE ... seems to be a prototype 3-4 DE or five-technique." (Clark Judge), 3/29/2011: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

"Cowboys need another CB, but that CB is Peterson. With him off the board, they go for the best DE left." (Steve Wyche), 4/3/2011: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

"The Cowboys got handled a lot up front last season, and Watt could give them an anchor end who can help free up the OLBs and take heat off NT Jay Ratliff."

Pro Football Weekly (Nolan Nawrocki), 3/25/2011: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

"Despite having been a wrecking ball as a junior despite finishing the season with ligament damage in his knee, Bowers could fall out of the top five, potentially even the top 10, as a result of concerns about the injury. Regardless of how he fares at his pro day on April 1 or whether he clears medically at the Combine re-check, some NFL teams already have considerable concerns that could affect his draft status. Nonetheless, Jerry Jones has a pressing need to fill on his defensive line, and Bowers' game is best suited for power. He can stack the edge and upgrade a pass rush that has not been able to create with the front three since Chris Canty departed." (DJ Bean), 4/2/2011: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

"The more I see of J.J. Watt, the clearer it becomes that he is the best 3-4 lineman in this draft not named Dareus. I have assumed that either Cameron Jordan or Watt would be Top 10 picks, but not both. With their choice of either at No. 9, the bigger and more fundamentally sound Watt could be their guy. The need is certainly there for the Cowboys at defensive end."

Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft overview (min. five rounds deep)

1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round 4th Round
5th Round 6th Round 7th Round
7th Round
Draft Tek 4/6 Tyron Smith, OT, USC Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin
Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State Henry Hynoski, FB, Pittsburgh
Jermale Hines, FS, Ohio State
Nick Bellore, ILB, Central Michigan
Terry Griffin, DT, Elizabeth City State
Walter Football 4/5 Tyron Smith, OT, USC Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa
Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State
Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska
Lee Ziemba, OG/OT, Auburn
- - - -
Draft Site 4/4 Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh Chris White, ILB, Mississippi State
Javes Lewis, S, Oregon
Kentrell Lockett, DE, Mississippi
MTD Live 7-round draft (CaliCowboys Fan92) 3/28 Tyron Smith, OT, USC Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
Jason Pinkston, OG, Pittsburgh Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU Ryan Jones, CB, Northwest Missouri
Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union
Wayne Daniels, OLB, TCU
Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon

Once again, you can now vote on which mock you like the best. It's hard to believe, but Draft Tek has walked away with the victory for four consecutive weeks now, with four different mocks. Do any of the others stand a chance?

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