We’re back with our Mock Draft 2.0. This is just the second of many that we’re going to be throwing out from now until draft time. This week will be a little different as we’re going to play around a little bit. As has been established, for the Dallas Cowboys, this draft has depth at all the right positions. For a team that needs significant re-shaping of their defense, this year’s draft could offer a lot of value.
Remember that we here at BTB trust the CBS charts and when it comes to any dealings to be done, and check out the Walter Football Draft Value Chart for points. Let’s begin making a mockery of the draft once again and the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock…
The New England Patriots come calling to trade up for another pass rusher (Taco Charlton), the offer is picks 32+96 (706 points) for Dallas’ 28th pick and 5th rounder in 2018 for approximately 680 points.
The reasoning for a deal like this is that if it were a straight up trade, the Cowboys would be gaining too much. Next years' 5th is equivocally related to this year’s sixth round pick because team's value for picks is at their highest the day of the draft. Dallas adds a 5th round selection to sweeten the deal, only giving the Cowboys an edge of slightly over 20 points.
Pick 32: Dallas Cowboys select Charles Harris, DE, Missouri (CBS 32nd)
If you’re looking for the perfect pass rusher for Rod Marinelli, this would be his guy. Harris has a motor that never quits and is built in that mold that Marinelli covets. He’s got a quick first-step and he can get right up the field with ease. He’s got good bend to him and size to where he’s not overwhelmed against taller tackles.
Harris is an athletically gifted guy with the ability to play loose. A good character guy who was a leader in the locker room at Missou and a leader in the stat sheets, what’s not to love?
With the realization that we’re getting cute here, the Dallas Cowboys pick up the phone once again. It’s the Atlanta Falcons. The offer is picks 63 + 132 (316 points) for Pick 60 (300 points). It’s a deal worth taking. Dallas now has two-thirds and two-fourths in a draft that has some value in the middle rounds.
Pick 63: Dallas Cowboys select Tarell Basham, DL, Ohio (CBS 62nd)
Boom! The Dallas Cowboys grab another pass rusher with their second pick. Some folks may be looking for a corner here, but there are corners to be had late. Here the Cowboys land another top defensive end with some versatility. If the Cowboys can’t rely on Randy Gregory or DeMarcus Lawrence, they can certainly replace them.
Basham has the initial first-step quickness that is a must in a Marinelli-style defense and he’s another high-character guy that will suffice for Jason Garrett. Basham was MAC Defensive Player of the Year with 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. The best part about Basham is that he can play all over the defensive line, another coveted attribute of Marinelli's.
Pick 92: Dallas Cowboys select Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia (CBS 88th)
Douglas has size and grit for the position. He certainly fits what this front office wants in their corners as they prefer long bodies. Douglas also has a tremendous amount of skill and caught the eye of many with his exceptional 2016 year. Douglas had eight interceptions in 2016 with 70 tackles and eight pass breakups.
For a defense that will need to replace a starter down the road, Douglas could be that guy with a little more polish in his game. There are concerns about his speed and he’ll need to run well at the Combine but the traits and abilities are there with the nose for the ball.
Pick 96: Dallas Cowboys select Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina (CBS 89th)
Cowboys have some question marks on the offensive side of the ball as they’re likely to lose one of their two free-agent receivers on the open market. Zay Jones was a standout from the Senior Bowl that really did a lot to help himself. The one thing that Zay showed was that get him the ball and good things happen. He was routinely finding separation creases in the defense to lead his team in receptions in that contest.
In fact, Jones is the FBS All-Time leader in receptions and has that tremendously high character as he’s expected to be a steal in this year’s class. He’s a finisher but he’s not a speedy guy. If Dallas is looking for more speed than Zay might not be their man but he could be the ultimate outside presence next to Dez Bryant.
Pick 132: Dallas Cowboys select Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas (CBS 134th)
At some point, the Cowboys have to look at the aging Doug Free and the fact that Chaz Green has yet to remain healthy for a solution at right tackle. Skipper stands out in a pretty weak class of tackles and could be one of those guys that will fly up the charts if he tests well.
He’s a physical intimidating specimen at almost 6’10 and over 300 pounds. He’s got good ability to block to the second level in the running game. He’s plays with tenacity and can anchor down to protect the passer. He’s got some mauler in him and that bodes well for his NFL goals.
Pick 135: Dallas Cowboys select Carroll Phillips, LB, Illinois (CBS 146th)
With no fifth-round pick, the Cowboys decide to take the linebacker right here. Phillips projects well as a strong-side linebacker in the Cowboys’ scheme.
When Marinelli does blitz, he likes to use a linebacker and this could be Phillips in the right role. He’s pretty good at standing up and rushing the passer and this could free Sean Lee up to not have to blitz and stay in coverage. Cowboys met with Carroll at the Senior Bowl and he’s definitely a guy who could help their defense moving forward.
Pick 212: Dallas Cowboys select Eric Saubert, TE, Drake (CBS 211th)
This is a deep tight end draft class and Saubert has some traits for a good blocking tight end. He’s certainly no eventual replacement to Jason Witten but he has some skills. Dallas is looking to add another tight end and Saubert is a late-round guy with upside.
Suabert has some lapses at times and then flashes of brilliance. He needs the work to gain a level of consistency but could turn into something good in years two through four.
Pick 231: Dallas Cowboys select Johnathan Ford, S, Auburn (CBS 234th)
The Cowboys will need to add another young safety as they may lose one of their two free agents in March. Ford has the versatility to play safety and corner and has played well when asked to be in the nickel for the Tigers. He fits best as a free safety and that’s where he had most of his collegiate production.
Pick 249: Dallas Cowboys select Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi State (CBS 245th)
Ross had the majority of his production when he was playing with Cowboys’ starting quarterback Dak Prescott. He’s always open but he’s got a lot of work ahead of him to becoming a consistent wide receiver product. It’s worth a shot to get him back with a guy that he’s familiar with who might be able to turn him into something special.