Do you have a little time to spare for some mock draft fun this weekend? If so, you’re in luck, because BTB has got a challenge for you: create a Dallas Cowboys mock draft.
We’ve been doing these challenges since 2012, and we’re bringing it back this year by popular demand.
Over to you: Go ahead and create your mock draft for the Dallas Cowboys, then submit it for a peer review by your fellow Blogging The Boys members. The BTB community will hand out recommendations for those mocks they like the most, and the winners might be put to a final vote at a later stage.
But wait. There are rules. You can’t just pick whatever players you like.
- We will use the The Draft Network’s Big Board as the basis for all mock drafts. We will assume that all draft-eligible players will be available at exactly the spot where they are currently slotted. You disagree with where a player is ranked? Well, that’s just tough luck; deal with it or don’t take part in this mock draft challenge.
- Until the compensatory draft picks are announced, the Cowboys hold the following picks: 17, 51, 80, 111, 144, 206. You pick at your exact spot or anywhere below that.
- You are allowed only one trade-down using this handy draft pick value calculator and the draft value chart immediately below it. The value you give up in the trade-down must be equal to or greater than the value you receive, e.g. your 17th pick (950 pts) pick could get you Minnesota’s 25th and 87th picks (875 pts).
- You may however trade up as often as you want. Again though, the value you give up in the trade up must be equal to or greater than the value you receive.
- Mocks that do not meet the criteria outlined above will be deleted, as will any Fanspeak mock. Nobody wants to waste their time on mocks that don’t fit the bill.
- You can find the full 2020 NFL draft order here.
Post your mock in the comments section below. As you read through the mocks other BTB members have posted, look for mocks that you like and recommend them (just press rec at the bottom of the comment box). And don’t be stingy with your rec’s. It’s more fun for everybody involved if we have a high rec’ count.
Also, give us a rationale for your picks - mocks that have some extra content beyond a simple list of six player names usually get more rec’s, and are more fun to read.
To get this challenge started, I’ll submit the following mock, which has one trade-down, giving me an extra 3rd-round pick.
TRADE DOWN: 17th (950 pts) for New England’s 23rd and + 85th (925 pts)
Rd 1. (25) Grant Delpit, S, LSU. Safety seems like a popular choice for the Cowboys this year, and after passing or whiffing on the likes of Juan Thornhill (in the draft), Tre Boston (in free agency), and Earl Thomas (in the media), they make up for it - and then some - with Delpit, the best safety in the draft.
Rd 2. (63) Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue. If you’re tired of blocking tight ends, then Bryant is your cure: This is a guy who’ll go vertical, looks like a super-sized wide receiver and has the route-running ability to match.
Rd 3. (81) Denzell Mims, WR, Baylor. After getting a receiving tight end, the Cowboys double up on gifts for Dak Prescott and Kellen Moore, and get one of the most explosive receivers in the draft, per PFF:
After Laviska Shenault, Mims has arguably the best combination of size and explosiveness at the receiver position in the draft class. While he ran a bit of a limited route tree at Baylor, he showed out in a big way on a more complete tree at the Senior Bowl. He won 94% of his routes and had the highest grade of any receiver in attendance during the one-on-ones that week — those are eye-opening numbers that saw him make a big leap up our board.
Rd 3. (92 fro Patriots) Leki Fotu, DT, Utah. At 6-5, 335 pounds, the Cowboys get a mountain of man playing inside, so if you’re looking to add size to your DL, Fotu might be your guy.
Rd 4. (120) Logan Stenberg, OG, Kentucky. In order to maintain the quality of their O-line, the Cowboys have to continuously bring in fresh blood, and Stenberg is considered one of the better guards in the class. Per Rotoworld, Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network describes him as a potential Day 2 draft prospect.
Rd. 5 (152) Lamar Jackson, CB, Nebraska. Intriguing size for a corner at 6-2. He’s ranked all over the place currently, so he might be a steal here.
Rd. 7 (210) Patrick Taylor Jr, RB, Memphis. A big back at 6-3 and 225 pounds, the Cowboys get a tough downhill runner who might be flying under the radar due to injuries in his senior season.