With the 2016 NFL less than a month away, DallasCowboys.com did what they do every year at this time and put the pedal to the metal to kick off their mock draft season with a vengeance. The mothership's four writers unveiled their first mock drafts simultaneously in a veritable mock draft bonanza.
What makes this particular set of mock drafts noteworthy is that they are not put together by some national writers who often show - at best - a marginal understanding of the Dallas Cowboys. The DallasCowboys.com staff are as close to the team as it gets, and are much more in tune with the general fan consensus than any national writer can be, at least I hope so. As a result, their mocks are much better than many of the mocks we regularly review here.
Having said that, the same caveats apply to these mock drafts as they do to any other mock draft: as a predictor of what will actually happen at the end of the month, they are not very accurate. Case in point: the DC.com staff did the exact same exercise a year ago, and their 35 combined picks (five writers, seven picks each) hit on just three eventual Cowboys picks - Bryan Broaddus got Byron Jones right, Dane Brugler had Mark Nzeocha in his mock, and Rob Phillips had Laurence Gibson in his. But don't take this as a knock on the DC.com guys, this is par for the course for mock drafts.
In addition to the five mock drafts, each writer also provides an analysis of his own mock draft, which you can read up on in the original article. But what that original article fails to do - for the fourth year running - is have its readers vote on which mock they like the best. And that's where we come in and provide a free, no-strings attached service for our friends from the mothership: We've listed the five mock drafts below, and attached a poll at the end of the post in which you can vote on your favorite mock.
Tell us in the poll and in the comments which mock you like the most.
|Pick||Bryan Broaddus||David Helman||Nick Eatman||Rob Phillips|
||Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State||Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State||Myles Jack, LB, UCLA||Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State|
|2 (34)||Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia||Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor||Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame||William Jackson III, CB, Houston|
||Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State||Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State||Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State||Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech|
||Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State||Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida||Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas||Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina|
||Jacoby Brissett, QB, N. Carolina State||Harlan Miller, CB, SE Louisiana||Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame||Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas|
||Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern||Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana||Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia||Blake Martinez, LB, Stanford|
||De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M||Marquez North, WR, Tennessee||Jay Lee, WR, Baylor||Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State|
||Joe Dahl, OG, Washington State||Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU||Pearce Slater, OT, San Diego State||Mike Matthews, C, Texas A&M|
||Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech||Joe Schobert, LB, Wisconsin||Marqui Christian, S, Midwestern State||Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford|
The DC.com staff went all out in an effort to show four very different mocks: Joey Bosa is the only player to show up in more than one mock. Notice also that all four mocks have the Cowboys taking a QB in the third or fourth round, but not in the first. Also noteworthy: while Broaddus has the Cowboys taking a RB in the first, the other three writers wait until the third or fourth rounds before they pick a back for Dallas. And finally, if you look closely at the positions picked, you'll notice that three of the four writers picked three offensive players with their top five picks, with Broaddus going so far as to select six offensive players with his nine picks.
Which mock do you like the most?