It’s another week and another mock draft for the Dallas Cowboys. This week’s mock though is slightly different the past three. Let’s make a mockery of this whole thing, shall we?
As the Cowboys watch the draft unfold, they get a little nervous as there is a run on interior linemen both on offense and defense. However, that does push a few good talents their way. Unfortunately, the Chargers snag safety Derwin James two spots ahead of them. There is no scrambling as Dallas is able to find a proven playmaker:
Pick 19: Cowboys select Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama (Brugler: 27th, 2nd SS)
Analysis: The Cowboys could use a safety with the instincts, athleticism, and ball skills that Harrison possesses. It would also be a nice gift for new secondary coach and passing game coordinator Kris Richard. The former “Legion of Boom” architect will liken Harrison’s enforcer abilities to Kam Chancellor. Harrison has very high football intelligence with comprehensive knowledge of route concepts and understanding of angles in passing lanes. He’s a reliable open-field tackler, can lay the wood but keeps control of his body and isn’t reckless.
Pick 50: Cowboys select James Daniels, G/C, Iowa (Brugler: 51st, 2nd C)
Analysis: His best position is projected to be center but he’s played well at guard and has the temperament for the position. He’s fairly athletic for his size with great agility and balanced strength in his limbs. He can anchor down for the pass but is very solid at making blocks at the second-level in the running game. Daniels is a very dependable player and could step right in at left guard for the Cowboys as they really need to shore up that position.
Pick 81: Cowboys select Deadrin Senat, DT, UCF (Brugler: 90th, 10th DT)
Analysis: This is a pretty deep class at defensive tackle and the Cowboys really need to find a guy to play nose for them. Senat is a thickly-built guy with impressive power and athleticism for 322 pounds. He’s as strong as an ox but he’s also got some juice to chase down ball carriers and make tackles in areas of the field he had no business being in. Senat is a well-rounded athlete that is mild mannered off the field but a run stuffing monster when it’s time to play football. Senat fits the profile of player that the Cowboys need to add some power to their defense.
Pick 116: Cowboys select JMon Moore, WR, Missouri (Brugler: 126th, 15th WR)
Analysis: For a guy that’s 6’3 and built like a big bodied NFL receiver, Moore can really scoot. He’s got explosive speed both straight line and when he makes his cuts. Moore is a very coordinated route runner that can create his own separation with ease. The Cowboys are looking to upgrade their receiver corps and what they need more than ever is someone who can make plays after the catch. Moore really improved in 2017 on his focus after he struggled early on with drops. Moore is a quality deep threat but also has the skill set to dominate in YAC. Dallas needs to find a playmaker to pair with Dez Bryant and Moore’s got a shot.
Pick 137: Cowboys select Fred Warner, LB, BYU (Brugler: 139th, 12th LB)
Analysis: The Cowboys desperately need some depth at linebacker and though Warner isn’t one of the top names, he is one of the more underrated linebackers in this class. Warner was super productive, leading his team with 87 tackles, nine tackles for loss, an interception, and sack in 2017. Warner was on the watchlist for both the Bednarik and Butkus Awards. He’s a high motor guy with great instincts that is only scratching the surface of his potential. Warner is a day-one contributor as a backup who plays special teams.
Pick 171: Cowboys select Zachary Crabtree, OT, Oklahoma State (Brugler: 182nd, 15th OT)
Analysis: Crabtree is the perfect candidate to compete for a swing tackle position and eventually move his way up to a starter if needed. He’s a better pass blocker than run blocker at this point, seeing as he did most of his work out of the shotgun for the Cowboys. He’s got the size, strength, athleticism, and durability to make it in the NFL, he just needs some fine tuning.
Pick 173: Cowboys select Holton Hill, CB, Texas (Brugler: 207th, 26th CB)
Analysis: The fifth round is a spot to start taking chances because Holton Hill is far more talented than his rankings indicate. The problem? You simply can’t trust him to stay out of trouble. Hill has the physical make up of an elite shutdown cornerback. He’s physical and his mean-streak is a good thing. He’s a very intelligent player but his maturity off the field will determine the type of career he has. His talent is undeniable and if not for the immaturity, Hill would be one of the top cornerbacks in this class.
Pick 193: Cowboys select Kylie Fitts, DE, Utah (Brugler: 204th, 17th DE)
Analysis: Fitts showed enough burst and speed off the edge in his short time on the field to receive a Senior Bowl invite and he didn’t disappoint. He’s built really well with strength throughout his body but has struggled to stay out of the trainer’s room the past two seasons. He’s a very passionate player looking for a clean bill of health. He takes his job seriously as a pass rusher but is reliable as ever in run defense too. The Cowboys are just looking for a guy who can fill a role in the rotation.
Pick 208: Cowboys select Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss (Brugler: 226th, 20th RB)
Analysis: He’s an undersized back that has no durability issues and was a reliable playmaker for his program. He was the lead dog at Southern Miss and has a very transferable skill set in the NFL as a change of pace back that can do a little bit of everything. He’s got smooth hands and great vision which allow him to make plays in space.
Pick 236: Cowboys select Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin (Brugler: 232nd, 9th ILB)
Analysis: He’s a guy that deserves to be drafted high because his instincts and physical skill set are all NFL starter caliber but he’s got to stay healthy. Cichy walked on as a freshman, saw one game of action but didn’t play in 2014. Over his time at Wisconsin, he’s missed a total of 24 games tearing his pectoral in 2016 after seven, then an unfortunate ACL tear that kept him off the field this past season. He is the alpha dog leader when he’s in the game. In 2015, he played 12 games, had 60 tackles, eight for loss, five sacks, and four PBUs. If he can put his injuries of the last few seasons behind him, he could reach his potential at the pro level but he’s a major question mark.