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BTB's 2012 Writer's Mock Draft: Round Two Conclusion And The Cowboys Have Another Selection

Conclusion of the 2012 Writer's Mock Draft Exercise
Conclusion of the 2012 Writer's Mock Draft Exercise

If you've been paying attention to our writer's mock's infrequent posts, you'd know that Dallas is in the midst of of a classic draft. After trading down a whopping 10 spots in the first round, Dallas was still able to land DE Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State. Now remember, this occurred more than a few weeks ago, so whether or not Cox would slip this far at this date is irrelevant (although there are still quite a few mocks that have him in the 20's still).

Under the guidance of Rabblerousr, Dallas was able to secure help for the front seven on two different occasions; selecting fast-riser Shea McClellin out of Boise State to be Anthony Spencer's eventual (immediate?) replacement. Dallas isn't done yet though. The trade down netted Dallas Pittsburgh's second and fifth rounders; with the second falling in this section of our exercise.

So what did Rabble do with the third pick under his watch?

Draft Pick # 56

Team Name: Dallas Cowboys

GM: Rabblerousr

Selection: (OG) Brandon Brooks, University of Miami (Ohio)

After watching their top two targets for the 56th pick--Josh Robinson and Kevin Zeitler--go off the board right before their pick, the Cowboys have to pause and regroup. Looking over their board, they narrow the field to a handful of picks: OC Ben Jones; OG Brandon Brooks; TE Orson Charles; NT Alameda Ta'amu; CB Jamell Fleming; CB/FS Trumaine Johnson and FS Markelle Martin. From this group, Brooks and Fleming emerge as the best options and optimal fits for Dallas' schemes. In looking at the drop-off at these respective positions, they decide that they can find a good corner in round three (where Fleming and Johnson will be joined by Brandon Boykin, Casey Hayward, Josh Norman and Chase Minnifield), but that Brooks represents the last of the elite guards. The huge (6'5", 343 lb), naturally powerful Ohioan will need some coaching help with his footwork, sets and hand use. When he cleans these up, the Dallas warroom believes, they just might have found another Larry Allen--a ridiculously strong small school man with a big-time game. - Rabblerousr

Follow the jump for more analysis of the rest of the two-round exercise.

So there the Cowboys are with:

#14 - DE Fletcher Cox, Miss. State #45 - OLB Shea McClellin, Boise State #56 - OG Brandon Brooks, Miami (OH).

Are you not entertained?

But there was a lot more going on than just the Cowboys selections, even though that's what we were all focused on. A lot of teams had some great drafts as well. When I was on the clock for Philadelphia's last pick of the process I commented to my fellow FPW's that they were making it too easy for me to improve a team I couldn't stand. Here's the haul I managed for Philly:

#15 - CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama #46 - OLB Bobby Wagner, Utah State #51 - RB LaMichael James, Oregon

Now my Philly haul wasn't the only one I was particularly proud of. I was also in charge of New England (I swear, teams were assigned to writers on a seniority basis: OCC pick 1, Rabble pick 2, etc etc) and forced Bill Belicheck to stay put and use all of his early draft picks to the following effect:

#27 - LB Zach Brown, UNC #31 - WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech #48 DE Kendell Reyes, Connecticut #62 - CB/S Trumaine Johnson, Montana

That's just disgusting. Yes, it is probably unfair that I have two of the five teams that had three or more selections (Cincy, Cleveland and St. Louis being the others).

Now, the other FPW's did great jobs as well; some with the lesser wiggle room of two picks and some are deserving of special notice.

Writer Team Selections Notes
O.C.C. Indianapolis Andrew Luck + Coby Fleener Fleener becomes the new Dallas Clark for the next 12 years
Archie Tennessee Nick Perry - Josh Robinson Everyone's favorite sleeper CB replaces Finnegan and Perry goes 4-3 where he wants to be.
Archie Cincinnati Janoris Jenkins - Cordy Glenn - Mohamed Sanu Major help to three important positions, good value for position
Tom Green Bay Mark Barron - Bruce Irvin Yuck. Irvin across from Matthews with Barron learning from Woodson? I don't like Tom for this at all.
Rabble St. Louis Trent Richardson - Kendall Wright - Jerel Worthy Wouldn't every one in St. Louis do backflips if it worked out like this?
Coty Chicago Whitney Mercilus - Bobby Massie Chicago is the definitive ground and pound team and their trenches just got deeeeep.
Tom Cleveland Justin Blackmon - Courtney Upshaw - Doug Martin Pair Blackmon with Little, replace Hillis with Martin and Upshaw is just a flat out upgrade.
O.C.C. Pittsburgh Luke Kuechly One player. Traded up for a linebacker that fits their standards like it was written in a novel.


Here's a look at the complete two-round exercise.

Pick Team Assigned Writer Selection
1 Indianapolis OCC QB Andrew Luck
2 Washington Coty QB RG III
3 Minnesota KD LOT Matt Kalil
4 Cleveland Tom WR Justin Blackmon
5 Tampa Bay Archie CB Morris Claiborne
6 St. Louis Rabble RB Trent Richardson
7 Jacksonville Coty OT Riley Reiff
8 Miami Archie QB Ryan Tannehill
9 Carolina Tom DE Melvin Ingram
10 Buffalo KD DE Quinton Coples
11 Kansas City Rabble DT Dontari Poe
12 Seattle OCC WR Michael Floyd
13 Arizona OCC OG David DeCastro
14 Pittsburgh OCC LB Luke Keuchly
15 Philadelphia KD CB Dre Kirkpatrick
16 NY Jets Tom OT Jonathan Martin
17 Cincinnati Archie CB Janoris Jenkins
18 San Diego Coty DE Michael Brockers
19 Chicago Coty DE Whitney Mercilus
20 Tennessee Archie DE Nick Perry
21 Cincinnati Archie OG Cordy Glenn
22 Cleveland Tom DE Courtney Upshaw
23 Detroit Rabble CB Stephon Gilmore
24 Dallas Rabble DE Fletcher Cox
25 Denver OCC DE Devon Still
26 Houston Rabble OT Mike Adams
27 New England KD LB Zach Brown
28 Green Bay Tom S Mark Barron
29 Baltimore Archie LB Don'ta Hightower
30 San Francisco Coty C Peter Konz
31 New England KD WR Stephen Hill
32 NY Giants Coty DE Andre Branch
33 St. Louis Rabble WR Kendall Wright
34 Indianapolis OCC TE Coby Fleener
35 Minnesota KD CB Jayron Hosley
36 Tampa Bay Archie RB Lamar Miller
37 Cleveland Tom RB Doug Martin
38 Jacksonville Coty CB Alfonso Dennard
39 St. Louis Rabble DT Jerel Worthy
40 Carolina Tom WR Rueben Randle
41 Buffalo KD TE Dwayne Allen
42 Miami Archie WR Alshon Jeffrey
43 Seattle OCC DE Chandler Jones
44 Kansas City Rabble OG Amini Silatolu
45 Dallas Rabble OLB Shea McClellan
46 Philadelphia KD OLB Bobby Wagner
47 NY Jets Tom OLB Lavonte David
48 New England KD DE Kendall Reyes
49 San Diego Coty SS Harrison Smith
50 Chicago Coty OT Bobby Massie
51 Philadelphia KD RB LaMichael James
52 Tennessee Archie CB Josh Robinson
53 Cincinnati Archie WR Mohamed Sanu
54 Detroit Rabble RB David Wilson
55 Atlanta Tom OG Kevin Zeitler
56 Dallas Rabble OG Brandon Brooks
57 Denver OCC DE Vinny Curry
58 Houston Rabble CB Brandon Boykin
59 Green Bay Tom OLB Bruce Irvin
60 Baltimore Archie WR Joe Adams
61 San Francisco Coty WR Marvin Jones
62 New England KD CB Trumaine Johnson
63 NY Giants Coty OT Zebrie Sanders

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