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Week Ten: CFB Open Thread Plus Our First 2014 Mock Draft

With the CFB season getting down to the nitty gritty, we take a look at the Offensive Line Prospects to key on, and our very first Mock Draft.

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I love mock drafts. Last year, was my first as a full-fledged draftnik and now look at me; a card-carrying member of the FWAA for my draft prep work for Blogging The Boys.

I love this part of the college football year, as the opportunity to watch prospects in actual game action is coming to a close. There are probably only going to be four or five chances to see a player for a full sixty minutes before it turns into the All-Star game, Underwear Olympics Circuit and mashups.

Last week, we focused on the defensive line players, as we figure that might be of some interest to the Cowboys. No stretch there, right?

The injury to Brian Waters and the questionable recent play of Ron Leary, combined with the ballooning 2015 salary of reclamation project Doug Free means Dallas probably should be highly interested in bringing in additional offensive line talent as well.

So where should we go? That's the focus of this week's Open Thread. But first, let's have our initial 2014 Mock Draft!

We go five rounds deep, and project the Cowboys to finish the year as NFC East champions, but being bounced from the first round of the playoffs by San Francisco, and earning the 21st pick in the amateur draft. I don't think that scenario is too far off from the most likely outcome for the season.

Full disclosure, I'm just starting to get my draft jones in order. That means, I haven't started looking at tape, or polling the myriad of draft gurus for their takes on players I like. Still though, I figured it might be fun to take you with me on my process, which starts with pinpointing players that seem to suit Dallas' draft history and team needs.

As such, and using CBS Sports Draft Rankings, sure to change as each prospect steadily improves his stock, here are my respective picks for the first five rounds.

Pick No.
Prospect School
1 21

DT Rashede Hageman

The prototypical 1-tech/3-tech hybrid, which is really what the Cowboys will need even if they keep Jason Hatcher. Uncanny burst for a man that stands 6'6" and weighs in at 311. "Hageman consistently pushes his counterparts deep into the backfield, demonstrating rare upfield burst for a man of his size, as well as impressive strength."

Pick No.
Prospect School
2 53

DE Michael Sam

The senior from surprising Missouri is terrorizing offensive linemen. Of his 32 combined tackles, he has a CFB-leading 24 for losses, to go along with his 10 sacks; also leading CFB. He's not making it to 53, just like Tank Carradine wasn't making it to the 3rd round last year, but for now.. We can dream.

Pick No.
Prospect School
3 85

OG Xavier Su'a Filo

Spent two-years at a Mormon mission. "Strengths: Powerfully-built. Very good initial quickness, hand placement and impressive upper body strength to gain the initial advantage on defenders. Due to his core strength and flexibility, Su'a-Filo anchors very well against bull-rushes and shows lateral agility and balance in pass pro. Perfect match in UCLA's drive-blocking scheme, but has the athleticism to fit in a zone-blocking scheme as well."

Pick No.
Prospect School
4 117

OT Morgan Moses

Continues in the tradition of stout Virginia linemen prospects, has been playing LT after being RT last two years. Has ability to play both. Huge guy, great feet.

"Moses showed good initial quickness and was smooth in his kick-step despite his inexperience dropping from the left side. He caught defenders with his long, strong arms and protected the edge nicely, giving Virginia quarterback David Watford enough time to scan the field throughout this game. His only hiccup in pass protection, in fact, ironically came when he was leaning too far left, allowing a counter-move from Washington to slip between he and left guard Luke Bowanko."

Pick No.
Prospect School
5 149

QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Eastern Illinois
"Strengths: Good-sized, rhythm quarterback with excellent accuracy, timing and a quick release that really helps him be efficient from the pocket. Sets up quickly and shows good lower body movement skills to evade pressure and deliver from different platforms."

Currently leads all of CFB (FBS or FCS) in TD passes. Been named OVC POW 8 times, one shy of conference record. Played well against 2 FBS teams (No. Illinois, SD State) going 65-95 711 yds, 9 TDs, 2 INTS… plus… well, we'll let CBS tell the story:

"Against the No. 2 ranked defense nationally, Garoppolo completed 24-of-41 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns and helped the Panthers rack up 567 yards of total offense in the game (200 yards more than TSU had given up to any other team this season). His fourth touchdown of the game was the 35th of the season for the Walter Payton Award candidate, breaking the previous OVC single-season record of 34 set by Tony Romo in 2002 (when he won the Payton Award)."


Here's a look at the top offensive line prospects for 2014, save the centers... we're good there. Also included, their Week 10 matchups.

Offensive Guards
Offensive Tackles
Player School Vs Time Player School Vs Time
Cyril Richardson Baylor -- Jake Matthews Texas A&M UTEP 9:30
Gabe Jackson Mississippi St S Carolina 12:20 Taylor Lewan Michigan Mich State 3:30
Zach Martin Notre Dame Navy 3:30 Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama --
Anthony Steen Alabama -- Cameron Ewing Florida State Miami 8:00
Xavier Su'a Filo UCLA Colorado 7:30 Antonio Richardson Tennessee Missouri 7:00
Chris Burnette Georgia Florida 3:30 Seantrel Henderson Miami Fl. State 8:00
Brandon Thomas Clemson Virginia 3:30 La'el Collins LSU --
Jon Halapio Florida Georgia 3:30 Cedric Ogbuehi Texas A&M UTEP 9:30
Ryan Groy Wisconsin Iowa 12:00 Sean Hickey Syracuse Wake Forest 12:30
Kadeem Edwards Tennessee St E Kentucky 1:00 Jack Mewhort Ohio State Purdue 12:00
Chris Watt Notre Dame Navy 3:30 Morgan Moses Virginia Clemson 3:30
Dakota Dozier Furman Ga. Southern 2:00 JuWuan James Tennessee Missouri 7:00
Spencer Long Nebraska N'western 3:30 Charles Leno Boise State Col. State 7:30
John Urschel Penn State Illinois 12:00 Jeremiah Sirles Nebraska N'western 3:30
Antwan Lowery Rutgers Temple 12:00 Austin Wentworth Fresno State Nevada 10:30


Today's Top Matchups:

No. 7 Miami at No. 3 Florida State: 8pm ET

No. 18 Oklahoma State at No. 15 Texas Tech: 7pm ET

No. 21 Michigan at No. 22 Michigan State: 330pm ET

Want to watch other elite players? Here's a look at the pre-season candidates for the Nagurski and Outland Trophies. Compare that against the complete television schedule provided by 506Sports. Also, check out MockingTheDraft's "NFL Draft Watch Notes" for a deeper look into some of the compelling games featuring first-round targets.

Consider this your open thread for all your CFB activities!

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