2012 NFL Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft 7-Round Predictions
As we continue to use mock drafts as a means to address the Cowboys roster needs, these lists will become less fluid the closer we get to draft day. We all know that Dallas is in need of assistance in the defensive secondary, we just aren’t sure which player the Cowboys will take to address those issues.
An interesting piece of advice on this topic was given by Bryan Broaddus, a former Cowboys scout and current ESPN.com columnist. In his latest article, he states that when he worked for the Cowboys they were disingenuous about the talent on their roster.
“When you go 5-11 for three straight seasons and the coaches talk about the players like we were 11-5, there are going to be problems. Garrett and these coaches can't keep Jerry from believing his roster is better than it really is.”
If that is still the case in Dallas, then the issues in the secondary aren’t the only problems this team still will face.
But getting back to where Dallas needs to go roster wise, here is my latest seven round mock draft.
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
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The latest information that I’m seeing is that Kirkpatrick will not fall far enough for Dallas to draft at number 14. His latest arrest will cost him some dollars on draft day but he shouldn’t tumble outside of the top 10 because of it.
I’m still hopeful that Kirkpatrick will fall to the Cowboys because I believe his size and strength will aid the Cowboys when they face receivers like Victor Cruz and DeSean Jackson.
Dennard is a little smaller than Kirkpatrick in terms of height, he’s 5’10” compared to Dre’s 6’3,” but he has more bulk and may be a little more physical. I don’t think Dallas can go wrong with either but if Dennard is the consolation prize then the Cowboys will win.
Vinny Curry, Defensive End, Marshall
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I am really torn on this pick because I would love to see Vinny Curry go to the Cowboys in the second round. Dallas needs a speed-rusher, and adding Curry will give them another defensive dynamic up front.
But the Cowboys still need to build their offensive line and passing on a player like Curry for Miami's Brandon Washington may be worth it. Then again, keeping Curry away from a team like the Giants is worth the pick by itself.
I'm going with Curry here because I like his potential, speed and ability to adjust.
Brandon Mosley, Tackle, Auburn
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A man who stands tall at 6'6" and weighs 305 with nice footwork and decent range is worth a shot I would believe. I understand that size doesn't make the man, but having a player with Mosley's potential is a playoff building move.
Dallas needs help on the line and if they go defense with the first two picks then offense is most definitely up next.
LaDarius Green, TE, Louisiana Lafayette
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I was close to putting cornerback Cliff Harris out of Oregon here, but his character issues are of concern. Dallas is having enough issues with Dez Bryant and adding another flamboyant player may not mesh well for team chemistry.
Dallas needs to move on from tight end Martellus Bennett and replacing him with Green, a guy who is capable of splitting out wide, is a pretty good upgrade in my opinion.
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
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I only worry about James' size and not his potential. He wouldn't be featured in Dallas, and would only serve as a change of pace or third down back.
He has the speed and quickness needed to break a big play and Dallas can use another playmaker on offense. If he's there in the fifth round, I believe the Cowboys have to grab him.
Case Keenum, QB, Houston
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Dallas needs a quarterback, and if the Cowboys are able to grab somebody like Keenum in the sixth round then they have to take him.
He put up big numbers in college and he seems to be pretty accurate. It is time for Dallas to move on from the Stephen McGee experiment and possibly look toward Romo's replacement down the road.
Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa
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My only reservation with Daniels is his size. I'm not sure if Dallas wants to get more physical or quick up front. Daniels is 280 and would most likely play end instead of nose.
He has great potential and if the Cowboys are serious about a youth movement then Daniels most certainly fits the bill.