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Dallas Cowboys Full-Round Mock Drafts: Who The Fans Would Pick After The Senior Bowl

Over the weekend we asked BTB members for their mock Cowboys drafts in our Mock Draft Challenge. 56 mock drafts later we look at the results of that challenge.

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On Friday last week we launched our first 2016 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 from 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.

56 valid mocks were submitted in total, and 111 different players were picked in those mocks.

The CBSSports big board from January 28 had Joey Bosa, Laremy Tunsil, and Jalen Ramsey ranked as the top three players, and ranked ahead of the Cowboys' 4th overall pick. You would think that such a short hop would entice many Cowboys fans to move up, but that didn't happen. In fact, not a single mock moved up into the top three. Instead, almost all mock drafters moved down, collecting at least an extra second-rounder.

Here's the consensus full mock draft that emerged from our exercise, which includes a trade down in the first for an extra second-round pick, but does not include any compensatory picks. The comments for each pick are provided by the BTB-members who picked the respective players in their mock drafts.

Player Comment (BTB-Member)
1 Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Dallas falls in love and realizes that they can trade down, grab some value, and still draft Wentz (at least for this mock) - clinton333
2 Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
I run to the podium to win day two by stealing the ballhawking Fuller here. He has NFL lineage (brothers Kyle, Corey, and Vincent preceded his path from VaTech to the NFL) to go with plus instincts, size, speed, physicality, change of direction, twitch to close, and supreme confidence. Can play outside early when Scandrick moves to the slot and fits the cover 2 mold better while still possessing man to man skills. I see Marcus Peters without the baggage, and his injury this year is the only reason we are getting a top 20 talent mid second round. - Dealataunt
2 Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Finally the defense will have an opportunity to experience a dominant force at the point of attack. Rankins will shore up the middle, as he possesses the skill to not only plug the A-gap, but displays the agility to shoot gaps and disrupt plays. With his relentless effort, Rankins can stay on the field on obvious passing downs to collapse the pocket and pressure QBs. Day One starter alongside of Tyrone Crawford. The back half of the defense will benefit tremendously (even Carr and Mo may look good). - D.White
3 Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
No way that Braxton makes it to the 80th pick in this draft. In my opinion the former QB will provide a different dimension to our Cowboys offense. May take him some time to develop and learn the position, but with the talent we already have in our receiving corps, I do not think he will be rushed in his development. I also hope that he can develop his returning skills and be a solid contributor on special teams.- rrparker
4 Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
An absolute gem. At the start of last year, was considered a 1st round pick before an injury took him all out for the year. and all the way down here. I honestly think he could be a starting MLB. Possibly not right out of the gate, but next year but could be a rotation player immediately. Great awareness, good tackling. Basically a lot like Sean Lee. - goldeneye101
6 Kevin Byard, SS, Middle Tennessee
I know this is late for our annual small school guy, but I’ll take a S that has 19 career INTs, 4 returned for TDs, on top of 300 career tackles. "He does an excellent job reading the eyes of the quarterback and gaining proper position with aggressiveness and timing at the catch point, showing strong hands and hand-eye coordination to pluck the ball." - Sir Robin

Now back to our collection of mock drafts. Here's an overview of all the players who got at least 10% of the votes in rouns one to four, plus the three top vote getters for round six. 'Rank' indicates the position on the CBSSports big board from January 28, 2016.

Rank Player POS School % of Votes
First Round (4th Pick)
11 Carson Wentz QB N.D. State 18%
13 Ezekiel Elliot RB Ohio State 17%
27 Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame 15%
15 Andrew Billings
DT Baylor
14 Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida 10%
2nd Round (34th Pick)
43 Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech 24%
36 Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville 22%
62 Kenneth Dixon RB Louisiana Tech 12%
3rd Round (67th pick)
80 Braxton Miller WR Ohio State 29%
76 Deiondre' Hall CB Northern Iowa 11%
70 Su'a Cravens LB USC 10%
4th Round (98th pick)
111 Scooby Wright LB Arizona 17%
98 Shawn Oakman DE Baylor 12%
123 Javon Hargrave DT S.C. State 10%
6th Round (17st pick)
213 Kevin Hogan QB Stanford 20%
170 Kevin Byard SS Middle Tennessee 9%
183 Anthony Zettel DE Penn State 8%

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 four BTB member mocks from the weekend. Note that all but one of these mocks traded down in the first and got at least a second-round pick in return.

BTB Mock Draft overview

BTB Member
(No. of Rec's)
1st Round 2nd Round 2nd Round 3rd Round 4th round 6th round
Carson Wentz, QB, N.D. State Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona Kevin Byard, SS, Middle Tennessee
DalaiLuke (28 recs)
Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech Jeremy Cash, SS, Duke
Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
Goldeneye101 (18)
Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech - - Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
Trev20 (18)
Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
Su'a Cravens, LB, USC Shawn Oakman, DE Baylor

Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
Kevin Byard, SS, Middle Tennessee
The Lawman (15)
Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State Shawn Oakman, DE Baylor Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota

Which of these proposed mocks do you like the most? Tell us in the attached poll and in the comments section below.

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