When I first read Mel Kiper's latest mock draft, specifically the part about the Dallas Cowboys, I thought for sure it was a typo. Kiper's latest is one of those "I'll play GM for each team and select based on what's best for the organization" rather than just trying to project what will happen during the actual draft. That allows for some leeway, but you still have to stay withing the realm of reality, I would think. It's not the first pick that I have an issue with, in fact, it's exactly what Dallas should do in my mind - take Jalen Ramsey (if available). In this case he is available as the top three picks are Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Laremy Tunsil.
Where things start going off the track is the Cowboys second pick. At #34 they get Ezekiel Elliott. Yes, you read that right. Not a single running back is taken in the first round. Here is Kiper's three-round GM draft for Dallas.
Round 1 (4): Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
Round 2 (34): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Round 3 (67): D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech
Analysis: The debate for me here is between Ramsey and Joey Bosa, and with both guys at what I consider need positions, it's a good time to trust the board. Ramsey is going to be special, and I love the addition of him and Byron Jones over a two-year stretch. Regarding Elliott, it's much better to take a running back at No. 34 than at No. 4. I know this isn't a realistic draft scenario, but it's a glimpse at how I'd draft at running back. In Round 3, I get a needed addition to the secondary. White has a chance to compete for a starting role in nickel packages early on.
If the Cowboys actually got this draft, heads would explode, beginning with mine. But, as Kiper notes, this isn't a realistic draft scenario. So, instead of taking this unicorn in the second round, which of these players that were available would you have taken (see the list below)?
Highlights of who was available include Jihad Ward, Paxton Lynch, Noah Spence, Derrick Henry, Sterling Shepard, Robert Nkemdiche, Vernon Butler or Michael Thomas.
DE Jihad Ward Illinois
CB Mackensie Alexander Clemson
QB Paxton Lynch Memphis
DT Kenny Clark UCLA
CB Kendall Fuller Virginia Tech
OLB Noah Spence Eastern Kentucky
G Joshua Garnett Stanford
CB Xavien Howard Baylor
OT Jason Spriggs Indiana
Derrick Henry Alabama
WR Sterling Shepard Oklahoma
OT Shon Coleman Auburn
LB Deion Jones LSU
S/LB Su'a Cravens USC
WR Michael Thomas Ohio State
TE Hunter Henry Arkansas
QB Connor Cook Michigan State
QB Christian Hackenberg Penn State
DT Robert Nkemdiche Mississippi
S Jalen Mills LSU
WR Tyler Boyd Pittsburgh
DT Vernon Butler Louisiana Tech
TE Jerell Adams South Carolina
G Christian Westerman Arizona State
WR Leonte Carroo Rutgers
DT Chris Jones Mississippi State
WR Pharoh Cooper South Carolina
WR Aaron Burbridge Michigan State
DT Andrew Billings Baylor
Who you got in the second round?