As we quickly approach the NFL combine and draft, Drafttek.com has gifted us with many a mock draft for the Dallas Cowboys and the remaining 31 NFL teams. Their most recent mock for the Dallas Cowboys, updated as of Feb. 22, has the Cowboys addressing their needs in the secondary first.
If you read of my mock drafts or articles regarding the Cowboys' draft needs, you know where I stand on where the Cowboys need to go in the first round. Dallas has to take care of their need in the defensive backfield, and if they do not, the team may very well have another disappointing season.
It is my belief that the Cowboys will choose a cornerback, but the question is, who will the team choose?
Let's delve into Drafttek's latest mock and figure out if we agree or disagree with their selections for the Cowboys.
I have seen this pick go toward Kirkpatrick, offensive lineman Peter Konz and corner Janoris Jenkins. If the Cowboys are able to draft Kirkpatrick, then this is a no-brainer for me.
Kirkpatrick is physical, aggressive, knows how to tackle and gives great support to his teammates in the secondary.
For the Cowboys, picking Kirkpatrick would add instant credibility to their secondary.
This pick receives two thumbs up from me, as I am a fan of the Cornhuskers. According to Drafttek.com, Crick will "wear down the OL" with his motor and speed.
I would like to see Dallas grab a defensive lineman who could put pressure on the quarterback, but they may have to do that in the later rounds.
I am not of the thought that Crick is a player the team cannot live without. They did not pass on receiver Dez Bryant because of his talent, and the same can be said for running back DeMarco Murray. Both turned out to be good picks.
I am hesitant to say the same for Crick right now, though.
Outside linebacker is of large concern for Dallas, as they are getting long in the tooth at the position.
Massaquoi, according to reports, is fast and has great lateral speed. The knock on him is that he needs to put on more muscle weight and lacks any diversity in pass-rush.
There are mild comparisons to Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware and some also to Von Miller, but Massaquoi lacks the strength and quickness of both.
I am going to sell this one, as this player will be an outside linebacker and Dallas has other needs.
Fletcher is ranked as the 16th-best cornerback in the NFL draft. He has talent and potential, but the Cowboys will have to put the time in to develop him properly.
The great thing about Fletcher is he does have a little height and can be active when it comes to interceptions. He may be worth a shot, and picking him in the fourth round is not a terrible decision.
Allen is a 300-pound offensive tackle who has great footwork and is tough on the field.
But, he does not have good vision and has bad conditioning habits. He will be a project, which is not surprising for a player drafted in the fifth round. Allen is versatile,—something the Cowboys could use—great at pass protection and would add needed depth to the line.
Looking at Koger's numbers at Michigan, it seems he was less than effective. But he played in a spread type of offense in Ann Arbor, a scheme that really has no need for a tight end.
Koger will be a medium-range type of tight end in the NFL. As long as he can catch the ball, block and learn the playbook, he should be OK in Big D.
I don't think Dallas will draft a tight end at all, but it would not disappoint me if they went with Koger.
Dallas needs to re-sign wide receiver Laurent Robinson before focusing on Boykin or any other receiver in the draft. If the team gets Robinson back and re-signs Kevin Ogletree, there is no need for Boykin.
Dallas should focus their efforts on either a nose tackle, safety, inside linebacker or offensive lineman by this point in the draft. Grabbing a receiver would be an erroneous way to end your 2012 draft season.