Another week is almost over and we have thrown together another edition of freshly mocked drafts for your reading pleasure.
The thirteen mocks we look at today propose eleven different prospects for the Cowboys, and we're still very, very far away from having a consensus pick emerge for the Dallas Cowboys. Two years ago, at the end of March on BTB, we were asking ourselves "Is Tyron Smith To Cowboys A Foregone Conclusion?" The answer, as it turned out, was a resounding 'yes'.
Last year, no single prospect really emerged as the consensus pick - and the Cowboys ended up going in an entirely different direction anyway.
Two years ago, I was irritated that the consensus pick emerged fairly early in the process. Last year I was irritated that there was hardly any consensus at all. Perhaps I'm just easily irritated, but one thing seems to be clear, this year the Cowboys will have a lot of options on draft day.
|Walter Football||Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU||January 16|
|Comment: "The Cowboys hired Monte Kiffin and are moving to a 4-3 defense. Anthony Spencer said he would love to play the defensive end position across from DeMarcus Ware, but that's probably not going to happen because Dallas doesn't have the cap space to re-sign him. If Spencer does leave, Dallas may use this selection to find a new complement for Ware. Sam Montgomery makes a ton of sense at this spot."|
Draft King (Lou Pickney)
||Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame||January 16|
|Comment: "With the Cowboys moving to a 4-3 defense, a top-level middle linebacker has to be a consideration here."|
|Football's Future (Robert Davis)||Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas||January 16
|Comment: "At some point, the Cowboys will move on from Tony Romo. They have higher expectations than most teams and that point may come sooner than later. Wilson would give them a guy who could push Romo right away, or sit behind him for a year, while Romo gets one last chance."|
|FF Toolbox (Matt De Lima)||Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri||January 16|
|Comment: "There is no justification for Dallas right guard and right tackle. Even so, I feel they address those needs beginning in the second round. That said, the Cowboys' run defense was lacking, ranking 22nd in the NFL."|
|ESPN (Mel Kiper)||Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina||January 16|
|Comment: "The Cowboys had an uneven season on the offensive line, and Cooper will provide an upgrade immediately. This is a complete guard, a player who is exceptional at delivering blocks and moving in tight quarters, and he moves extremely well for the position. He can deliver an initial blow to eliminate an interior defender and then move easily to the second level where he can line up linebackers and safeties and block in space."|
|Eatdrinksleepfootball (Kevin Hanson)||Margus Hunt, DE, SMU||January 16|
|Comment: Is anyone more of a physical freak than Hunt? Perhaps not considering he topped Bruce Feldman's "The Freak List" earlier this year. Hunt (6-8, 280 pounds, 82-inch wingspan) came to the US (SMU) to train with SMU's track coach Dave Wollman. Wollman "predicts Hunt will rep it 45 times next year at the NFL combine and clock a 4.60 40-yard dash." Hunt also has a 36-inch vertical jump. Although still a bit raw, Hunt has blocked a total of 14 kicks in his career and led the Mustangs in sacks (8.0) and was second in tackles for loss (11.5) this season.|
|Ultimate Sports Hound||Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama||January 15|
|Comment: "With Jerry Jones still in control and him being in love with Tony Romo, QB is probably not an option here again. Jones has to know that his patch work on the OL last season wasn’t good enough and he grabs the best prospect at G in the draft."|
|NFL.com (Bucky Brooks)||Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah||January 15|
|Comment: "Monte Kiffin needs an athletic defensive tackle capable of playing the one or three technique to implement his vaunted Tampa 2 scheme in Dallas."|
|NFL.com (Gil Brandt)||Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan||January 15|
|Comment: "Fisher, who has tons of upside, could step in and start at right tackle immediately for the Cowboys, whose troubles on the line were well-documented in 2012."|
|NFL.com (Josh Norris)||Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri||January 15|
|Comment: "The Cowboys are implementing a four-man front under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Richardson would fit nicely at three-technique, offering enough positional versatility to play end in a three-man front if the defense reverts back to its previous scheme."|
|Mocking The Draft (Dan Kadar)||Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida||January 14
|Comment: "It's true, the Cowboys desperately need offensive line help. While most fans want needs to be filled, NFL teams often weigh a combination of best player available and need. With Monte Kiffin taking over the defense, the Cowboys may switch to a four-man front. If they do, they'll need help at tackle. Floyd is the kind of lineman who can play outside in power three-man fronts or tackle in a four-man set. He may need to play inside after nose tackle Jay Ratliff played in just six games this season and Josh Brent's playing future looking bleak."|
|Draft Season (Matt Falk)||Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia||January 14|
|Comment: "The Cowboys have been close in the past few years to pulling the trigger on a much needed big man, but have yet to do so. Although Jenkins is a big boy, he surprisingly is pretty athletic. Not only a line clogger (yup I said line clogger), but can also make some plays."|
|Scouting The Seahawks (Derek Stephens)||Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia||January 11|
|Comment: "The Cowboys need to get better against the run, as they were seemingly dominated at the point of attack at times this season. Jenkins is a gifted athlete, and possesses a massive frame to clog the middle. He’s still raw in many ways, but is more instinctive than Dontari Poe, who was the 11th overall pick last year."|