It’s that time of year again where scour over scouting reports. Awaiting the NFL Draft is similar to waiting for Christmas once Thanksgiving is over. It seems like too far away but it’s only right around the corner. It’s Christmas season again and for the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL Draft is the single-most important tool in the way this front office reshapes the team.
For Mockery I, we’re going to keep it real simple and stick to our picks as they stand. As the offseason progresses, we’ll go all over as we really to try and live up to making a mockery of the entire process. As a reminder, here at BTB we choose to use the CBS Big Board which is usually constructed by Dane Brugler, Rob Rang, and the great guys over at CBS Sports, but we're keeping an open mind, so we've included the rankings for each player not just for CBS but for NFL.com and Drafttek as well, even if the rankings can be all over the place this early in draft season.
Pick 28 - Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA (CBS: 26, NFL: 29, Drafttek: 20)
Analysis: Over the past several years, the folks at UCLA have done such a great job at creating some quality defensive players. McKinley could be right up there with one of their best-developed players. He’s got some incredible burst and bend that make him the perfect candidate for the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas really needs some pass rush help and two years ago they took a shot at a guy named Randy Gregory, who also possesses that bend and speed. McKinley is also a little light at 258 pounds but that’s far from the 230-240 that Gregory came into the league with. Also, there aren't the character concerns with Takkarist and his athletic potential is off the charts. Dallas would be extremely pleased to snag one of the draft’s best ends with perhaps the highest motor and drive to win on every down.
Pick 60 - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida (CBS: 63, NFL. 70, Drafttek: 16)
Analysis: Here’s where the Cowboys get aggressive to upgrade their defense. Wilson has the size and athletic ingredients this team desires. They like a guy that’s 6’0 and about 200 pounds that plays his heart out. Wilson was on one of the deepest rosters at cornerback but these coaches couldn't take him off the field.
He's tenacious and has the ability to match up well with multiple types of receivers. He'll need to work on creating a high level of consistency but this corner knows how to stay on his man and play physical. He's got a great ability to use his body to his advantage. The Cowboys need corners that capitalize on their opportunities and forget the bad plays and keep going; that's Wilson.
Pick 91 - Jake Butt, TE, Michigan (CBS: 90, NFL: 58, Drafttek: 154)
Analysis: This time the Cowboys take a chance with their third-round pick but this just reeks of what this team does. It's going to make some folks mad as ever but the value is too great to pass up. Dallas is in the market for a tight end and Butt could eventually be a dynamic tight end at the next level.
It's a shame that he suffered that torn ACL in his final collegiate game but that's the way football goes. Dallas is not afraid to redshirt a guy when the talent level is very high. Butt is getting favorable comps to just about any top tight end you can remember, even the future HOF'er on the roster. He blocks, he catches, and most importantly; he makes play after play.
Pick 132 - Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M (CBS: 138, NFL: 73, Drafttek: 258)
Analysis: The Senior Bowl standout finds a way to stay in Texas to begin his professional career. He’s got the prototypical size and decent speed the Cowboys covet among their wide receiving corps. Dallas has been looking to get better with their receiving corps and Reynolds is a consistent type of player. He kind of follows that Cole Beasley-model of just getting open. Any quarterback loves a guy like that.
He showed his value in the Senior Bowl with sub-par quarterback play. He routinely found creases to get himself open and was there on almost every third down. The Cowboys will re-sign one of their own guys, be it Terrance Williams or Brice Butler. Reynolds could challenge either for their spot down the road.
Pick 173 - Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA (CBS: 168, NFL: 77, Drafttek: 188)
Analysis: Make that two former Bruins to make their way to the Cowboys on draft day. In Mobile, Vanderdoes was confirmed as a player they visited with and he’s a big guy that you can plug in the middle and let him attack the running lanes.
He’s not the lighter tackles that Dallas usually likes but he’s very agile for a man his size. This draft is a mixed bag at defensive tackle but Vanderdoes has traits and that’s what you look for with late picks.
Pick 212 - Justin Senior, OT, Mississippi State (CBS: 213, NFL: 145, Drafttek: 202)
Analysis: The Senior Bowl didn’t offer much in terms of good offensive lineman but one that stood out was Senior. He’s a prototypical right tackle prospect that showed some fluidity in his movements in the run game. He played very well against some good defensive ends. Senior won the Hull Award, for outstanding play on the offensive line.
Senior started all 13 games, over 920 snaps, and was part of the country's second best line in sacks given up. While some are talking about another former Bulldog teammate of Dak Prescott, give me the guy that can help protect him.
Pick 249 - Dallas Lloyd, SS, Stanford (CBS: 243rd, NFL: - -, Drafttek: - -)
Analysis: Speaking of looking for traits in the later rounds, Lloyd may be the exact definition. He was one of the best players on a poor defense but he can fly to the ball. Every time you look up, he's laying the wood or forcing fumbles.
A fifth-year player, he led the team with five interceptions. He was an honorable mention to the All Pac-12, he made the All Pac-12 Academic First-Team. All you need to know about Lloyd was his performance in the Sun Bowl. His stat line was six tackles, two picks, one of which was a pick-six and a forced fumble. He's the definition of the player Jason Garrett absolutely loves.
Of course, as we continue to make a mockery of the draft, we want you to make a mockery of our mockeries. Let us know what went right, what went wrong and everything in between.