No better way to put the entire 2017 letdown behind us then to stay in our lane and focus on the 2018 NFL Draft. What do the Dallas Cowboys need? That’s a good debate. The good news is that the Cowboys will have plenty of draft picks to spend as the 2018 NFL Draft takes over North Texas come April.
For our first mock, we typically ease into it without “Trader Jerry” making an appearance until later in the process. Let’s get started as we make a mockery of the NFL Draft:
[Note: We use Dane Brugler and NFL Draft Scout for our player rankings. Brugler has become one of the more respected draftniks around co-hosting The Draft Show on the Mothership alongside Bryan Broaddus and David Helman.]
Pick 19: The Dallas Cowboys select Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia (Brugler: 25th)
Analysis: With Wynn, the Cowboys get a plug-and-play left guard to start immediately on the offensive line. Dallas really struggled in the last seven games of the season to protect Dak Prescott on the left side of the line.
Wynn has an aggressive temperament that is needed in the Cowboys’ run heavy scheme. Wynn was one of the best run blocking linemen in the country and is also more than dependable in pass protection. He’ll be a day one starter for the Cowboys and will fit very well with the other three All-Pro first round picks.
Pick 50: The Dallas Cowboys select DJ Moore, WR, Maryland (Brugler: 62nd)
Analysis: Moore has a lot of similarities to future Hall of Famer Steve Smith Sr. He’s a bit on the smaller side but he’s built like a running back and is extremely efficient. Despite having four different quarterbacks, Moore was able to be productive with 80 receptions, 1,033 yards, and eight touchdowns.
Moore is the exact type of receiver the Cowboys need, someone who constantly beats his competition. Moore creates separation with regularity and he’s a true complement to what the Cowboys have in Dez Bryant.
Pick 81: The Dallas Cowboys select Marcus Allen, S, Penn State (Brugler: 84th)
Analysis: Allen will fit the Cowboys secondary under Kris Richard who will be looking for a more aggressive safety. He recorded 72 tackles, three PBU’s, two forced fumbles, and an interception in 2017 for the Nittany Lions. Allen is the godson of NFL Hall of Famer, Curtis Martin.
The Cowboys have a young secondary but there is still some room for improvement on the back end. Allen is a fearless player and will give his body to the cause. He doesn’t miss many tackles even if his speed isn’t top of the line. His instincts combined with his tenacious attitude will serve him well in the NFL.
Pick 117: The Dallas Cowboys select Poona Ford, DT, Texas (Brugler: 120th)
Analysis: It’s an absolute slap to the face that he was snubbed for a Combine invitation as Brugler says there certainly aren’t 300 players better than Ford in this draft. Ford is a run-stuffing tackle that give you his all as a pass rusher as well. He may only be 6’0 but he gives absolute effort on every play. He’s had plenty of success taking on double teams and busting up protection.
He does have decent length in his arms to reach through blocks and finish the ball carrier. Ford is going to be pigeon-holed into a 4-3 scheme and he would be a dream for Rod Marinelli, who is more than capable of getting everything out of Poona Ford.
Pick 138: The Dallas Cowboys select Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State (Brugler: 130th)
Analysis: Lewis is a project that is likely going to start out as a situational rusher. In the Cowboys 4-3 scheme, Lewis does have potential to kick inside on passing downs but he has a lot to learn in the way of becoming a good run defender. Lewis flashed well at Ohio State but as the Buckeyes brought on depth, Lewis’ role diminished. He is a twitched up pass rusher that has shown to be often too fast for guards and tackles to handle. There is a lot to work with form Tyquan Lewis.
Pick 139: The Dallas Cowboys select Nick DeLuca, LB, North Dakota State (Brugler: 141st)
Analysis: Here’s a small school prospect with a ton of production that you don’t want to count out at any level. DeLuca will come with durability concerns as he’s played through a couple of injuries. He’s another try-hard player that will give a team everything he has. He’s the only FCS player to be nominated for the Dick Butkus Award for linebackers. He’ll walk into the league making the roster as a special teamer with ability to backup at middle linebacker.
Pick 174: The Dallas Cowboys select Siran Neal, S/CB, Jacksonville State (Brugler: 164th)
Analysis: It’s going to take the right scheme fit for Neal but he’s got experience as a corner and safety. He’s built well at 6’0, 200 lbs, but he’s more of a strong safety at the line than playing single high. He played mostly as a cornerback at the Senior Bowl, where he played well enough to give James Washington some fits. He’s very solid in man coverage but needs to work on his technique.
Pick 176: The Dallas Cowboys select Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa (Brugler: 184th)
Analysis: You witnessed what teams can do with a scat back when the Eagles hoisted a Lombardi trophy with Corey Clement. The Cowboys are trying to create a “Dak-Friendly” environment and Wadley can help. He’s got game changing speed and is an amazing pass-catching mismatch that will find plenty of opportunities in the NFL. The Cowboys need to add talent that makes plays in open space and that’s Wadley all the way.
Pick 196: The Dallas Cowboys select Toby Weathersby, OT, LSU (Brugler: 196th)
Analysis: He’s got the perfect makeup for a swing tackle position in the NFL. He’s got the size at 6’6, 308 lbs and he carries it well. Weathersby gets in an out of his stance with balance and quickness. He’s very athletic and has a solid punch that can daze a pass rusher. He’s far more accomplished as a pass blocker and gets clunky in his lower half at times. He’ll need some work to clean up technique but he’s got the upside and NFL traits.
Pick 236: The Dallas Cowboys select Steven Dunbar, WR, Houston (Brugler: —)
Analysis: This is where you take a guy that you really don’t want to fight for in free agency. Dunbar has a great combination of size, quickness, and route running abilities. He stood out despite the quarterback situation catching 76 passes, leading the team with 1,070 yards, and three touchdowns. Dunbar is the perfect possession receiver that runs great routes but doesn’t have deep speed to take the top off a defense.