The Mockery is back and better than ever in this week's installment where we go back to some wheeling and dealing, something we have tried for a few weeks now. Trades are fun because of the unpredictability it brings to the Christmas of football season. Remember all the picks the team from Washington had to give the Rams in order to move up and get RGIII? Remember when we gave up gave up our second to move up to six and take Morris Claiborne? It still stings...
Anyway, this week we're going to flirt with everyone at the ball. The Cowboys are open for business but only if the price is right. We're not going to just give four away for a consolation prize. We want to pay dividends with each of our picks and are happy enough to sit and pick if nothing seems worth it. Of course, we got our handy dandy Draft Value Chart and CBS Draft board to work with. The front office is just a little ticked off about how free agency went and have an ax to grind. Let's make a mockery of the NFL Draft and let all the super freaks come out to play.
Titans shock the world and take Jalen Ramsey, Browns take Carson Wentz, and the Chargers go with Joey Bosa. The Cowboys are sitting there at four when the phone rings...it's the Buccanneers. They offer picks 9+39 (1,860 points) for the fourth pick, a win of 60 points in the Cowboys' favor.
Dallas is not so convinced to move away from four for just another second rounder, they hang up. As the time is running out, with two minutes on the clock, Tampa calls back and offers 9+39 and 109 (1,936 points) to sweeten the deal. That would give the Cowboys a third pick in the fourth round. Cowboys accept and the Bucs snag Laremy Tunsil, the consensus best player in the draft.
Pick 9: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Once the Eagles take Jared Goff instead, the Cowboys begin to dry the sweat from their foreheads. Elliott will now run behind the best offensive line in football, sorry not sorry Oakland. Elliott is about as polished a runner as they come and will add so much to the Cowboys already powerful running attack. Dallas is looking to return to their dominant ways of 2014 and Elliott will oblige them in a big way. He can run, block, catch and probably solve major world problems if you asked him to. Now, he's a Cowboy.
Pick 34: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
Dallas needs cornerback help in a big way as almost every solid one spurned them in free agency. Jackson is arguably one of the best in the draft and offers them something they don't have, a cornerback that can make plays. He's a long and fluid athlete and would be a great fit for what the Cowboys like to do on the outside. He's smart and instinctual and can cover. He also gives them some leverage with Brandon Carr, should they choose to go that way.
Pick 39: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
The Cowboys have a severe deficiency along their defensive line, but Joey Bosa just wasn't their target in round one. Bullard can help the Cowboys fill a pass rushing need and add some bulk to the outside. Bullard has the versatility to move inside if asked to on passing downs and he plays with some nastiness. He's a relentless competitor and unlike most rookies, he's very well polished in run defense.
Pick 67: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
He set multiple records in the SEC and won the MVP award in both the Senior Bowl and the Liberty Bowl, he's a true talent at the position without the name recognition of the top three guys. The Cowboys need to address the quarterback position this year and Prescott will allow them to sit him behind Tony Romo for a few seasons while he polishes his game. He's got a good feel for the game and is a true dual-threat with his ability to run and be accurate as a passer.
Pick 102: Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State
Make no mistake the Cowboys need depth on their defensive line and Blair is an underrated prospect out of a small school. He's fluctuated from third round talent to fourth round talent and back and forth due to lack of competition he's faced. However, everyone surely remembers how unblockable he was in his game against Clemson. Blair has the ability to play inside and out with power and good technique. The Cowboys going for multiple additions to their very pass rush needy defense. It's all about getting to the quarterback and Blair certainly can.
Pick 109: Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
The Cowboys really have a desire for a receiver that can run and Listenbee's speed is something they don't really have. He does a really nice job of blazing down the field and separating himself from defenders. He's also got great hands and has shown the ability to win some battles for the ball. TCU's receivers will always get the knock of not being polished route runners, but Listenbee is better than he gets credit for. Listenbee will also need to add some bulk to avoid the punishment at the NFL level. Yet, if Dallas is looking for top-end speed that can take the top off a defense, enter Listenbee!
Pick 136: Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Miller is an aggressive run defender and is tall with great length and passion. He understands the game of football and loves it. He's fiery and also knows how to make a play or two (11 interceptions, 33 PBUs, and two blocked kicks on special teams). The Cowboys are getting a really good player with a high football acumen. Dallas now has a crowded secondary but why not?
Pick 190: D.J. Reader, DT, Clemson
Reader missed the majority of the 2015 season for personal reasons but had a wonderful showing at the Senior Bowl that has him climbing back up the ranks. He is surprisingly athletic for his gigantic size and starred in multiple sports for the Tigers. He played mainly at the three technique due to his penetration and first step quickness but seems a better fit at the one in a traditional 4-3 setting.
Pick 213: Keanu Neal, SS, Florida
Over the last two seasons for the Gators, Neal collected 129 tackles and four interceptions. He wraps guys up and doesn't miss too many tackles but there are concerns with his physicality at times. He's always looking to lay the wood much like former Cowboy Roy Williams. He is one of those players that could very well go much earlier than the sixth round but is still ranked in the 200s by CBS. The Cowboys have already worked him out, so there is some interest.
Pick 217: Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, West Virginia
He was originally a safety who turned himself into a pretty good linebacker prospect. I mean, the guy had 275 tackles in his time with the Mountaineers. He's got decent size and speed with impeccable instincts and was named to the All Big-12 team in 2015. He needs to add some bulk for the punishment that comes at the NFL level, but he's a valiant competitor and can cover.
Pick 218: Joe Thuney, C/G, NC State
He's an athletic guard that can really move in the run game. He's a bit raw but has some good footwork and excellent awareness to see and block fro the runner. He anchors well and is not a liability in protection. He stays on his feet and has some good bend but still needs development in converting his power. He also has some work to do in hand placement but offers the flexibility to play multiple spots. He is a project and can get a little clunky at times but is a tough player with a good mental makeup for the game.