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Dallas Cowboys Seven-Round Mock Drafts: Who The Fans Would Pick

Over the weekend we asked BTB members for their mock Cowboys drafts in our Mock Draft Challenge. 77 mock drafts later we look at the results of that challenge.

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On Saturday last week we launched our second 2015 BTB Mock Draft Challenge of the year in which we asked BTB members for their mock Cowboys drafts and then asked the community to vote on the mocks. But instead of simply asking for a list of randomly put together names, or copying something Fanspeak, we limited the flexibility by establishing some specific rules: The mock draft had to be conducted according to the player rankings provided by the big board. Only one trade-down was allowed, and trading up was only permissible if the trade value points given up were equal to or greater than the trade value points received.

This significantly limited the options in the mock drafts and forced the mockers to make decisions that they might not have had to make with a less rigorous approach. Also, the mockers were stuck with where a given player was ranked by CBSSports.

77 valid mocks were submitted in total, and a staggering 168 different players were picked in those mocks.

The CBSSports big board had some early Cowboys fan favorites like Todd Gurley (No. 18 overall), Owamagbe Odighizuwa (No. 24), and Kevin Johnson (No. 26) ranked ahead of the Cowboys' 27th pick. You would think that such a short hop would entice many Cowboys fans to move up, but that didn't happen. This is what the 77 mock drafts ended up doing with their first pick:

Trade up: 5
Stay put: 23
Trade down: 49

Here's the consensus seven-round mock draft that emerged from our exercise, which includes a trade down into the second round. The comments for each pick are provided by the BTB-members who picked the respective players in their mock drafts.

Player Comment (BTB-Member)
2 Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA
Sean Lee moves to Will and continues his ball hawking with a little more protection. Replacing him at Mike, Erik Kendricks boasts everything that Sean Lee does. Football IQ, instincts, tackling, coverage, and on top of that, I believe he is more athletic than Lee posting better measurables. The linebackers just became a strength of this defense and offenses will think twice before throwing intermediate routes over the middle with Lieutenant Kendricks and General Lee on patrol. (ProBowlFactory)
2 Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
Coleman’s in the same mold as Demarco, Gurley and McFadden in that he’s not a "bouncer" and not a dancer, he’ll hit the lane he’s supposed to and hit it hard and fast. There’s nothing more frustrating than watching an OL open up a lane, only to see the RB bounce outside instead. Won’t have that problem with Coleman. Based purely on fit with our OL, I think he’s the second best RB behind Gurley, and maybe those are the only two who are such a fit. (Useful_Idiot_)
3 Za'Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky
He is a raw talent that Marinelli and Lett can mold into a Pro Bowl caliber SDE. Not only does he possess the size and athleticism for the position, he also has the right attitude. He would be a great complement to our young D-line. (Zmen)
4 Eric Rowe, CB, Utah
Eric Rowe is tall, physical, aggressive, and can contest for jump balls. Is an aggressive tackler and willingly takes on blockers, including o-linemen. He also has position flexibility; Rowe can play FS and CB. Can contribute on STs.(TheIronCowboy09)
4 Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma
WIth Parnell’s departure, we need another tackle. This kid needs development to succeed at the NFL level, but you gotta like his size at 6’5" 324 lbs. Played LT in college. Too slow to do that at NFL level, but can make the move over to RT and be a solid backup there. (CFH24)
5 Xavier Williams, DT, Northern Iowa Big enough to play the 1T, though some question his anchor and strength. Reading his draft description screams RKG and talks of a willingness to do the dirty work. Picture a bigger (325 lbs), faster Nick Hayden who had 8 sacks as a senior from the DT position. (The Real Dirk Gently)
7 Anthony Jefferson, SS, UCLA Team leader who was presented the Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior of the Year at the team’s annual banquet. Very hard worker who will go the extra mile. Tempo-setter who gets everyone to work harder and is unselfish. Very good athlete for a safety and may be athletic enough to play cornerback. (jamesvb)
7 Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia Small slot receiver who has excellent speed and quickness. Very good college production. Gives depth behind Beasley and could be our answer as a return man after losing Harris. (Vancity Cowboy)

Note that if I had simply chosen the most popular pick in each round for this consensus mock, we'd have ended up with four offensive and defensive tackles, so I edited things a little.

In order to establish how popular a given player was, I counted 'votes' for each player mentioned in a mock draft, with each rec' counting as one vote. So in an eight-player mock that received three rec's, each player selected gets 3 votes. In total, the 77 mocks got 576 rec's, so to arrive at a given player's popularity, I divided his votes by 576.

Running back Tevin Coleman out of Indiana proved to be the most popular player in this Mock Draft Challenge. He was featured in 33 of the 77 submitted mocks, and got 265 out of 576 possible recs (46%). Here are the favorite players per round as ranked by percentage of total votes (min 10% of total vote to qualify), with 'rank' indicating the position on the CBSSports big board published on March 23, 2015:

Rank Player POS School % of Votes
First Round (27th Pick)
Marcus Peters
Washington 15%
2nd Round (60th Pick)
62 Tevin Coleman RB Indiana 46%
35 Eric Kendricks LB UCLA 27%
67 Michael Bennett DT Ohio State 21%
47 Stephone Anthony LB Clemson 11%
41 Jay Ajayi RB Boise State 11%
3rd Round (91st pick)
Marcus Hardison
Arizona State
Za'Darius Smith
Alex Carter
Denzel Perryman
4th Round (127th pick)
Eric Rowe
Tyrus Thompson
Cedric Ogbuehi
Texas A&M
Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Southern Miss.
5th Round (163rd pick)
Xavier Williams
Northern Iowa
138 Kevin White
171 Ty Montgomery
7th Round (236th, 243rd picks)
Laurence Gibson
Virginia Tech
Anthony Jefferson
Mario Alford
West Virginia
Darius Philon
DT Arkansas

And now it's time for you to vote on your favorite mock draft. Below is a mock draft summary of the consensus mock as well as the four leading vote-getters from the weekend. Note that all of these mocks traded down into the second round and got various additional picks in return.

BTB Mock Draft overview

BTB Member
(No. of Rec's)
2nd Round 2nd Round 3rd Round 4th Round 5th Round 7th Round 7th Round
Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana Za'Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky Eric Rowe, CB, Utah

Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma
Xavier Williams, DT, Northern Iowa Anthony Jefferson, SS, UCLA Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia
Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State Kevin White, CB, TCU Xavier Williams, DT, Northern Iowa Miles Dieffenbach, OG, Penn St Darius Philon, DT Arkansas
Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise St. Michael Bennett DT Ohio State Alex Carter, CB, Stanford

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford - - Adam Shead, OG, Oklahoma

John Crockett, RB, North Dakota St.
Sam Carter, SS, TCU
Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana Eric Rowe, CB, Utah Mitch Morse, OG, Missouri JaCorey Shepherd, CB, Kansas Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech Darius Philon, DT Arkansas
Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson

Steven Neson, CB, Oregon St.
Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, S. Miss.

Mike Hull, LB, Penn St.
Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse Tyeler Davison, DT, Fresno St. - -

Which of these proposed mocks do you like the most?

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