On Friday, the mothership's five writers opened their mock draft season with a bang by simultaneously unveiling their first mock drafts of the year on DallasCowboys.com.
Since we do regular mock draft roundups here on BTB that feature just about any yahoo out there, I think it is only fitting that we review what the DallasCowboys.com staff have put together. Not because we consider them yahoos like some of the national writers with, at best, a marginal understanding of the Cowboys, but because those five staff writers are about as close to the team as it gets, and are much more in tune with the general fan consensus than any national writer can be. As a result, their mocks should be much better than many of the mocks we regularly review here.
Having said that, the same caveats apply to these mock drafts as they do to any other mock draft: as a predictor of what will actually happen in May, they are close to useless. Case in point: the DC.com staff did the exact same exercise a year ago, and their 30 combined picks (in their five six-round mocks) hit on just two eventual Cowboys picks - Bryan Broaddus had J.J. Wilcox in the fifth (he was picked in the third) and Nick Eatman had Joseph Randle in the third (he was taken in the fifth). Don't take this as a knock on the DC.com guys, this is par for the course for mock drafts.
In addition to the five mock drafts, each writer also provides an analysis of his own mock draft, which is well worth reading in the original article. But what that original article fails to do for the second year running, whether by omission or by design, is have its readers vote on which mock they like the best. And that's where we come in and provide a free, no strings attached service for the mothership: We've listed the five mock drafts below, and attached a poll at the end of the post in which you can vote on your favorite mock.
|Pick||Bryan Broaddus||David Helman||Ed Cahill||Nick Eatman||Rowan Kavner|
|Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri||Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame
||C.J. Mosley, LB , Alabama
||Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
||Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
|Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt||Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt||Ra'shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota||Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame||Jimmie Ward, S, N. Illinois|
|DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State||Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas||Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford||Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State||Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville|
|Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU||Will Sutton, DT, Arizona St.||Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia||Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia||Josh Huff, WR, Oregon|
|Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas St.||Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA||Mike Davis, WR, Texas||Jon Halapio, OG, Florida||Trai Turner, OG, LSU|
|Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh||Aaron Lynch, DE, USF||Aaron Lynch, DE, USF||Crocket Gilmore, TE, Colorado State||Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg|
|JC Copeland, FB, LSU||Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina||Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama St.||Devan Drane, CB, Cincinnati||Brandon Dixon, CB, NW Missouri St.|
|Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming||Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska||Justin Britt, OT, Missouri||Ethan Westbrooks, DE, W. Texas A&M||Jonathan Newsome, OLB, Ball State|
|Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska||Ik Enemkpali, DE, Louisiana Tech||Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming||Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor||Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina|
|Osahon Irabor, CB, Arizona St||Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming||Darrell Johnson, LB, E. Carolina||Luke Lucas, OT, Kansas St.||Chaz Sutton, DE, South Carolina|
|Kirby Van Der Camp, P, Iowa State||Ladarius Perkins, RB, Miss St.||Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland||Keidrick Jackson, RB, Midwestern State||Donald Hawkins, OT, Texas|
That's a lot of names to digest, and the DC.com guys don't make it any easier by providing almost the maximum amount of names in these mocks. Only four players show up more than once: WR Jordan Matthews (twice) in the second round, as well as S Marqueston Huff (3 times), DE Aaron Lynch (2), and OG Spencer Long, all in the seventh round.