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The 2012 BTB Mock Draft Challenge: Final Pre-Draft Edition

A general view of the stage during the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall.
A general view of the stage during the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall.

Five more days to go. The NFL is reaching it's offseason fever pitch in what is by far the biggest week of the NFL offseason. Starting on Thursday, the NFL will welcome a new generation of football players in its ranks. Many franchises are pinning their hopes on a few young men who can turn out to be future Pro Bowlers or may turn out to be busts. That's just the way the draft works.

But before we get all serious, it's time to have ourselves some final mock draft fun. The challenge for you: Create a Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft.

This is the third time this year we're doing this exercise, after doing our first one in January and one after the Combine. So go ahead, create your Mock Draft for the Dallas Cowboys and submit it for a peer review by your Blogging The Boys peers and the BTB community will hand out recommendations for those mocks they like the most.

But as always, there are rules that you must follow, you can't just pick whatever players you like. You'll find the rules after the break, and they are slightly different than previously.

[Update: Provisional Leaderboard after the break]

Here's an overview of the mocks that have received the most rec's so far. These are the mocks that are marked in green in the comments section.

Provisional Leaderboard
Specific 9
TheLondonCowboy 8
TrueBlue22 8
Birddog26 8
Blue Eyed Devil 7
Rena 7
connor.cmr 6
Hitman477s 5
Bvandy 5
livemontana 5

As you read through the comments section below, look for mocks that you like and rec' them (Press the action link at the bottom of the comment box, then press the Rec button next to the star).

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The Rules

  • We will use Drafttek's Mock Draft from April 20, 2012 as the basis for all mock drafts. Drafttek will probably put up a new mock on Monday, so get your mock done by then. This is strictly a weekend exercise.
  • We will assume that all draft-eligible players will be available at exactly the spot the Drafttek Mock Draft puts them at.
  • Dallas owns the no. 14, 45, 81, 113, 135, 152, 186 and 222 picks.
  • You pick at your exact spot or anywhere below that (e.g. 14th or anywhere from 15 to 25 or so)
  • You are allowed only one trade down, and it can only be with your #14 pick. The value you give up in the trade up must be equal to or greater than the value you receive, e.g. your 14th (1,100 pts) picks could get you Chicago's 19th, 79th and 184th picks (1,089 pts).
  • You may however trade up as often as you want. Again though, the value you give up in the trade up must be equal to or greater than the value you receive, e.g. your 14th (1,100 pts) and your 45th (450 pts) picks could get you the 7th pick (1,500 pts).
  • Use this handy draft pick value calculator and the draft value chart immediately below it, it will make this exercise a lot easier.

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Just as a reminder, here are the two previous winning mocks:

January winner: TheCowboyWay
March winner: TheLondonCowboy
Rd Pick Player Rd Pick Player
1 14 Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina
1 14 Luke Kuchely, ILB, Boston College
2 42 Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
2 45 Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
3 82 Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona St.
3 82 George Iloka, FS, Boise State
4 113 Alameda Ta’amu, NT, Washington 4 113 Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
5 175 Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
5 137 Brock Osweiler,QB, Arizona State
6 213 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
6 175 Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State

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I'll start it off with the following mock draft, in which I start with a huge trade down to the #28 spot, where Drafttek has inexplicably mocked Mark Barron.

TRADE picks 14 +186 (1.118) for Packers picks 28+59+90 (1.110)

1. (28) Mark Barron, S, Alabama

2. (49) Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State

TRADE picks 59 +113 (341.8) for Steelers picks 56 (340)

2. (56) Kevin Zeitler, OG/OC, Wisconsin

3. (85) Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee

3. (90) Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina

4. (113) Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M

4. (135) Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma

7. (225) G.J. Kinne, QB, Tulsa

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Your turn.