Ladies and gentleman, we are getting closer and closer to every fan's favorite day of the year as we are a mere 40+ days away from the 2016 NFL Draft. We all know that the Cowboys have quite the draft capital to work with, so let's just get to it. Time to make a Mockery of this whole thing.
Once again, the first three picks are off the board and they are as follows:
1. Tennessee: Laremy Tunsil
2. Cleveland: Joey Bosa
3. San Diego: Jalen Ramsey.
I'm guessing Cleveland got Colin Kaepernick and are ready to roll. Dallas entertains the idea of finding a trade partner but nobody seems to give them exactly what they want here. This has been called a draft with depth but not too many outstanding can't-miss talents. So...the Cowboys are on the clock...
Pick 4: Jared Goff, QB, California
The Cowboys decide that after all that poking and jawing about not taking a quarterback in the first round, they were just hoping the right one was theirs. Though Mayock would be upset that his man-crush Carson Wentz is still waiting, the Cowboys like what they see from Goff. He played at a school that had one leaky offensive line and showed that he can hold up under pressure. Instead of rolling the dice here, the Cowboys decide that there is a franchise quarterback waiting for them and elect to pull the trigger. They have plenty of holes elsewhere too but are keeping a watchful eye on the future. Goff is a guy that can make all the NFL throws and has the poise but will learn behind Tony Romo for a few more years. Hopefully, he gets a 'Harvard' education.
Dallas is bombarded with trade options here, but they see a player that has fallen a few spots and could really help shore up some deficiencies they have. It was tempting but no dice.
Pick 34: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
Keeping with recent tradition, the Cowboys make their annual pick of a pass rusher with their two. Dodd has size, length and explosive ability to make a smooth transition to the NFL. He's not a finished product yet, but neither are most pass rushers in their rookie year. Dodd has a big ceiling and has been improving with each year, tallying 23.5 tackles for loss last season and 12 sacks. He's been getting favorable comparisons to Kony Ealy, who took a little time, but has showed his worth to the Panthers in 2015. Dallas just couldn't pass up the chance to get a quality rusher in a shallow pool this year.
Pick 67: Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
The Cowboys have a need to keep building their secondary and adding a young cornerback seems like the best way to start. Howard has got great hips and his frame for the position is ideal. He's a physical defender in press coverage and knows how to rip the ball out upon delivery. He's well-versed in run defense and is a willing tackler with agility to remain as a cornerback prospect. He's a top corner for the Big 12 and has developed better skills in each year at Baylor, recording ten interceptions in only two seasons for the Baylor .
Pick 101: C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
Dallas had to be a bit more careful to not let the draft get away from them at the running back position. Prosise is new to the position, but he was a quick learner. Due to injury, Prosise became the starter rfor Notre Dame last year and led the team with 1,029 rushing yards on 157 carries with a 6.6 yard per carry average. Despite never having played the position before, Prosise showed that he was a natural body at the position and added 11 rushing touchdowns for the Irish. He's got tremendous vision, body strength, and agility. He's a very fluid runner and has the cutting ability of an NFL prospect with the patience to see and deliver.
Pick 135: Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
Dallas decides to add more beef on their defensive front. Ridgeway is almost immovable and models his game after Vince Wilfork. He's schemeless because he fits whatever you want him to do. He's very athletic for his size and uses excellent momentum to knock blockers out of their shoes. He can stay in and take the punishment often reaching through blockers to grab the runner. Ridgeway needs some work on his technique but his combination of power and instinctual effort make him a very intriguing product.
Pick 192: Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
An upside pick all the way, Robinson is a bit unfinished and was known to be sort of a headache. He possesses the long frame and physicality you would like but is still a very raw talent. He's got a tremendous catch radius and makes wow plays with ease. The issue is that he has been suspended on four separate occasions. However, in the sixth round, there is nothing wrong with seeing what a guy can bring. He led the Gators as a Junior in catches with 48 and does marvelous things after the catch. It's between the ears where he needs most of his work.
Pick 212: Anthony Zettel, DE, Penn State
Nobody is more overlooked than Zettel, who was second to only Joey Bosa in tackles for loss in the Big 10 with 17. He has the versatility to kick inside but lacks the prototypical size. However, his relentless motor and aggressive tendencies to attack blockers will be something that catches the eye of Hot Rod. In a class with very few pass rushing ends, Zettel could be the next project for Marinelli to make. He's already got elite first step quickness, what do you say? The Cowboys need depth on their depleted defensive line and Zettel could turn into something down the road.
Pick 216: Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington
Interestingly enough, Feeney played a position that the Huskies refer to as the Buck. It's similar to a Sam linebacker but involves a little more rushing the passer and coverage duties. Due to his impressive speed and size (6'4, 225 lbs), Feeney was perhaps the best overall athlete the Huskies had. He's impressive to watch because there aren't a lot of guys his size with that speed to close in and make the tackle.
Pick 217: Austin Blythe, C, Iowa
The rich keep getting richer, don't they? No, Blythe is not a household name or anything but something tells me the Cowboys will be looking at more center help behind Travis Frederick. They lost Mackenzy Bernadeau to the Jaguars and Blythe can come in and compete for a backup role. Blythe is consistent and pro-ready with the intelligence to become a starter if necessary. He's also got a mean streak and plays with a lot of toughness.