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Cowboys 2015 Draft: Looking At Mock Drafts And Potential Free Agents For Projections

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While we may not know exactly who the Cowboys will pick in the 2015 draft, we can start trying to read the tea leaves and make projections.

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Like most NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys follow a clear path heading into the draft. Use free agency to fill any glaring needs so that when they are on the clock at the draft they have a lot more options; instead of picking purely on need they can also consider the best player available.

About a week ago, OCC did a fantastic job of laying out the historical data of what positions are usually chosen at what time in the draft. If you haven't read that yet, you really need to, it's a great primer.

OCC's look follows historical trends. Instead, let's look at positions groups being drafted based on 2015 mock drafts. We can get an early idea of what positions might be available at the 27th pick by looking at what positions are projected to come off the board in as many mock drafts as we can reasonably track and categorize. As the draft approaches, I will continue to add more and more mock drafts to my table, but for now I have taken just six drafts and put together a very preliminary table with the positions and how many are picked from one to thirty two.

Draft Source Link
Daniel Jeremiah http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/mock-drafts/daniel-jeremiah/215603
Mel Kiper http://www.reddit.com/r/nfl/comments/2sj2n6/mel_kipers_2015_nfl_mock_draft_10/
Jason McIntyre http://thebiglead.com/2015/01/08/2015-nfl-mock-draft-jameis-winston-marcus-mariota-bucs-jets/
Matt Miller http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2269369-2015-nfl-mock-draft-matt-millers-latest-projections/page/2
Dan Kadar http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2015/1/12/7529945/2015-nfl-mock-draft-jameis-winston-buccaneers-marcus-mariota-titans
WalterFootball http://walterfootball.com/draft2015.php

Jeremiah Kiper McIntire Miller Kadar WalterFootball Positions Per Draft Total Points
1 WR 4,8,11,18,19,26 4,11,15,18,26,29,31,32 12,15,18,24,32 5,10,15,18,22,29, 4,6,11,18, 6,12,15,18,32 6,8,5,6,4,5 34
2 DE 5,7,24,32 3,5,8,13,17,21 4,5,7,9,17,30, 2,12,16,25, 5,8,13,26,28, 4,5,21,27,29 4,6,6,4,5,5 30
3 OT 12,16,25,28 9,10,19,25, 2,8,25,29,31 7,8,20,30, 7,9,10,12,17,25, 9,10,11,23,25, 4,4,5,4,6,5 28
4 DT 13,15,17 12,23,27,30 3,11,14,23,28 1,24,27,31, 3,16,19,30, 3,14,31 3,4,5,4,4,3 23
5 CB 10,23 16,20,22, 10,20,22,26, 17,21,23,26, 20,22,27 13,20,22,26, 2,3,4,4,3,4 20
6 OLB 2,3,21,29 6,14, 13,21, 9,11,19,32 14,15, 8,24,30, 4,2,2,4,2,3 17
7 QB 1,6 1,2, 1,6, 3,4,13, 1,2, 1,2, 2,2,2,3,2,2 13
8 ILB 14,30 28, 19, 28, 24,29, 2,1,1,1,2,0 7
9 RB 27,31 24, 27, 16,17, 2,1,1,0,0,2 6
10 SS 20 7, 16, 6, 21, 7, 1,1,1,1,1,1 6
11 FS 22, 14, 1,1 2
12 NT 9 19, 1,1 2
13 OG 23,31 2 2
14 C 28, 1 1
15 TE 32 1 1

Notice that free safety, nose tackle, offensive guard, center and tight end may have either the best or second-best player at that position available when the Cowboys are on the clock.

I like the idea of the top free safety being available or perhaps even taking the top offensive guard. If the Cowboys are going to be able to draft the best player available they will need to address those positions that they feel can be filled with good players during the up coming free agency period which begins at 4 PM on March 10th.

Could the Cowboys take a run at Ndamukong Suh? We have Tyrone Crawford but we could use a real dominant guy, and while we may not like some of the emotional antics that he has he sure would make a huge addition to the Cowboys. But, if things continue like they have been, Will McClay will find some more gems to fill those kind of needs such as the true "ball-hawking" free safety we all would love to see to compete with J.J. Wilcox, and perhaps a few more corners to compete with the current group.

Here is a list of the defensive tackles that are going to be free agents according to this source:

Player Team
Terrence Cody Baltimore Ravens
Colin Cole Carolina Panthers
King Dunlap San Diego Chargers
Dwan Edwards Carolina Panthers
Kenrick Ellis New York Jets
Nick Fairley Detroit Lions
Andre Fluellen Detroit Lions
Letroy Guion Green Bay Packers
Nick Hayden Dallas Cowboys
Tommy Kelly Arizona Cardinals
Karl Klug Tennessee Titans
Terrance Knighton Denver Broncos
C.J. Mosley Detroit Lions
Jared Odrick Miami Dolphins
Stephen Paea Chicago Bears
Corey Peters Atlanta Falcons
Ryan Pickett Houston Texans
Ahtyba Rubin Cleveland Browns
Pat Sims Oakland Raiders
Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions
Kevin Vickerson Kansas City Chiefs
Dan Williams Arizona Cardinals
Kevin Williams Seattle Seahawks
Corey Wootton Minnesota Vikings

I, for one, am feeling good about what Will McClay can do with those free agents and what our front office can do with the new additions that we will certainly see from this years draft.

So, which of the above defensive tackles do you think McClay might recommend?