After a few weeks of hiatus from our mockeries as we sat patiently waiting for the Cowboys to get involved in free agency, we’re back and better than ever. The Cowboys made moves to make their roster better while giving them the ability to draft as purely as possible. With the Cowboys having 10 draft picks, it gives them an arsenal to do just about anything they want to in this year’s draft.
In this mock, the Cowboys are going to get aggressive because it’s highly unlikely they draft 10 players. Instead, it’s very likely that we see them move up, down, and all around. So, without further ado, let’s make a mockery of this thing once again.
Note: We used DraftTek’s Draft Value Trade chart to execute all trades, which can be found here.
First up, the Minnesota Vikings call and want the Cowboys to trade all the way back to 30, that’s 11 spots to go back but the Vikings want the best tackle, Mike McGlinchey, who is still on the board. The Cowboys pick at 19 is worth 875 points, they want Minnesota’s second round pick at 62nd overall.
In order to get this deal done, the Vikings trade picks 30 + 62 (904 points) for the Cowboys 19 + 171 (897.6 points)
Pick 30: Cowboys select Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State (Brugler: 22nd)
Analysis: The Cowboys love Vander Esch who has become sort of a late riser that many believed to be a second-round player. Vander Esch’s top-rated SPARQ score may have something to do with it as he has 1.7 z-score and is in the 96th percentile. He’s obviously super athletic and the Cowboys have to start looking at what happened to them without Sean Lee. There is no question that Lee is a phenomenal player but he’s not getting any younger and the Cowboys have to find an adequate replacement should he miss games.
They also lost linebacker Anthony Hitchens to the Chiefs, this gives the Cowboys three capable players with great athleticism.
The Cowboys send picks 50 + 81 (584 points) to the Cleveland Browns for pick 33 (580 points)
Pick 33 (From CLE): Cowboys select Will Hernandez, G, UTEP (Brugler: 23rd)
Analysis: Dallas is thrilled to see Hernandez still hanging on at the top of round two and there is no doubt that he’s the best player on their board. Why wait for a guard at 50 if you believe this guy is better than those options? The Cowboys take the big nasty guard from UTEP and plug him in right away at a position of need. The entire make up of the Dallas Cowboys begins and ends with their running game and with the addition of Will Hernandez, they just reasserted themselves as a top team in the NFC.
Pick 62 (From MIN): Cowboys select Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis (Brugler: 60th)
Analysis: If you’re looking for a guy that just catches everything near him, Miller may be your guy. The Cowboys want to add another talented receiver to this crew and Miller is the best senior receiver prospect in the draft. He’s also an accomplished route runner that makes insane catches on a regular basis. He’s extremely balanced and has made a career out of bailing out the quarterback. Miller would be an excellent addition for a Cowboys offense that needs a consistent volume receiver.
The Cowboys want back into the third round so they offer the Denver Broncos picks 116 + 137 + 208 (106.8 points) for pick 99 (104 points)
Pick 99 (From DEN): Cowboys select Deadrin Senat, DT, UCF (Brugler: 98th)
Analysis: The Cowboys need to find a true 1-tech defensive tackle and are thrilled to see Senat still on the board past pick 99. Senat has power and underrated agility to attack gaps while taking up space. He’s a thickly built athlete who is a phenomenal run-stuffer as his length allows him to reach through the blocker to the ball carrier. Senat has the ability to play both one and three so you don’t have to bring him off the field on third downs. He’s just one of the more underrated defensive tackles in a deep class.
After sitting out the fourth round in its entirety, Dallas is feeling refreshed but they also still see guys on the board. There is no time to waste...
The Cowboys trade back into the fifth round by sending picks 192 + 193 (28 points) to the Jets for pick 157 (28.4 points)
Pick 157: Cowboys select Deshon Elliott, SS, Texas (Brugler: 149th)
Analysis: As someone who has seen Elliott up close, he could use another year of seasoning. With that said, you can’t teach the instincts that he has to find the ball and make the play, nine interceptions in 13 starts. He’s going to translate better into a strong safety in the NFL, at least to begin with. He’s got the “my ball” mentality and plays with channeled aggression. Though everyone believes the Cowboys biggest safety need is finding a center fielder, they also could use an instinctual strong safety to lead a young secondary.
Pick 236: Cowboys select Natrell Jamerson, FS, Wisconsin (Brugler: 249th)
Analysis: One of the more underrated players from one of the better defenses in the country. Jamerson is sub six feet but he’s got the 32+ inch arms that Kris Richard must have in this secondary. Jamerson was the co-MVP on the Badgers and had memorable games against teams like Northwestern where he recorded two picks, one returned for a touchdown, six tackles, and 0.5 a sack.
Jamerson was a major player in a defense that was ranked second in pass defense, second in run defense, and third overall defense on a national scale. He made 51 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, had 10 pass breakups, and two picks last year. He’s played cornerback and free safety, even dabbling as a receiver too. He should be able to find his way to a role on an NFL squad rather early.
Out of 10 picks, the Cowboys moved around to get four players in the Top-100 while filling out their secondary depth chart at great value. The Cowboys are going to be big players in the draft and we could see a lot of wheeling and dealing a month from now.