Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Analyzing Drafttek's Mid-April 7-Round Selections

Lawrence BurnealContributor IApril 19, 2012

Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Analyzing Drafttek's Mid-April 7-Round Selections

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    There are plenty of unique approaches to create a NFL mock draft. Drafttek has their own unique approach outlined below from their website.

    “Drafttek.com uses a computer model to simulate a 7-round 2012 NFL Mock Draft. Each team has an analyst who supplies data on 2012 NFL Draft team needs. The team needs are matched up against a list of 2012 NFL Draft prospect rankings (aka "Big Board") in order to generate each selection in our 2012 NFL Mock Draft.”

    Here is the link for Drafttek’s full seven-round mock draft.

    There are no perfect mock drafts before or after the draft. Everyone has their own opinions and each team drafts based on opinions that no one outside of their organization knows. For the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones’ opinion matters more than anyone but here is my opinion on Drafttek’s picks for the Cowboys.

Round 1, Pick 14

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    Quinton Coples DE North Carolina

    Drafttek’s Position Rank: No. 1

    This is my least favorite pick in Drafttek’s mock draft. After looking at all seven rounds, Coples makes sense but I do not think he is the impact player the Cowboys need with the 14th overall pick. The last time the Cowboys used a first-round pick on a defensive end was Marcus Spears and he failed to live up to the expectations of a first-round pick.

    Unfortunately for the Cowboys, David DeCastro was off the board when they picked in this mock draft but I still believe the Cowboys could have found more value than Coples in the first round. The Cowboys can find defensive linemen later in the draft whereas elite defensive backs and offensive linemen are more difficult to find.

    My Grade: B-

Round 2, Pick 45

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    Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama

    Drafttek’s Position Rank: No. 5

    If Janoris Jenkins is on the board when the Cowboys select in the second round, expect to see Rob Ryan hand in the pick himself. Even though Jenkins’ stock seems to be fading, he is still one of the most talented corners in the draft.

    There have been conflicting reports about Jenkins’ drug use while at North Alabama. Some reports state he never stopped using while more recent reports claim he was clean the entire time he was at North Alabama. Assuming Jenkins passed all have tests at the combine, I do not envision a way Jenkins is on the board in the second round. Hopefully I am wrong and he falls to the Cowboys in Round 2.  

    My Grade: A

Round 3, Pick 81

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    Philip Blake C Baylor

    Drafttek’s Position Rank: No. 3

    There was not a more frustrating position to watch as a Cowboys fan in 2011 than center. Phil Costa could not find Tony Romo on snaps out of the shotgun, and neither Costa nor Kevin Kowalski proved they could protect Romo. Romo faced constant pressure of the middle which was more prevalent than ever against the Giants

    Philip Blake could immediately start on the Cowboys line and give them another young offensive lineman to build around. There is no question the Cowboys need a center and Blake would be a perfect fit. At the very least he did not snap the ball over Robert Griffin’s head every game last season.

    My Grade: A

Round 4, Pick 113

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    Cyrus Gray RBF Texas A&M

    Drafttek’s Position Rank: No. 7

    Cyrus Gray has the ability to be a featured running back in the NFL but do the Cowboys need a running back in the fourth round? DeMarco Murray is the Cowboys lead back and entering just his second season. Felix Jones is a free agent after this season and the Cowboys seem unlikely to re-sign him.

    Both running backs were injured last season meaning the Cowboys could use some insurance behind them this season and in the future behind Murray. However, in today’s NFL running backs can be found off the streets. Arian Foster is arguably the best running back in the NFL and was not drafted. Gray would add depth but the fourth round may be too early for the Cowboys to add a running back.   

    My Grade: B

Round 4, Pick 135

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    Jamell Fleming CB Oklahoma

    Drafttek’s Position Rank: No. 16

    In order to beat the top teams in the NFC the Dallas Cowboys need plenty of corners to cover the elite receivers like Hakeem Nicks, Roddy White and Greg Jennings. The NFL passing statistics last season were higher than ever before putting even more emphasis on cornerbacks. Quickly the secondary is becoming the most important part of the defense.

    Even with the addition of Brandon Carr, the Cowboys still need help. Fleming would give the Cowboys much-needed depth for the often-injured Mike Jenkins. Fleming has great speed and enough size to be effective either in the slot or on the outside. Even if the Cowboys select a corner earlier in the draft, they would be wise to select Fleming as well.

    My Grade: A

Round 5, Pick 152

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    Bruce Irvin OLB West Virginia

    Drafttek’s Position Rank: No. 16

    Bruce Irvin has seen his stock fall quickly recently but I still do not think he will be available in the fifth round. If he is the Cowboys would have a steal. Irvin ran a sub-4.5 40-yard dash as an outside linebacker. That physical gift is enough to be drafted before the fifth round.

    If the Cowboys can grab him they would add the perfect piece at linebacker. Irvin would play obvious passing downs opposite of DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer would play the rest of the game. Irvin could develop the rest of his game while contributing to the Cowboys success on the field with his pass-rushing abilities. 

    However, I do not think the Cowboys can wait this long to address the outside linebacker position nor can they hope Irvin will be available in the fifth round.

    My Grade: A-

Round 6, Pick 186

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    Lance Lewis WR East Carolina

    Drafttek’s Position Rank: No. 17

    With the departure of Laurent Robinson and only having Kevin Ogletree on the roster who has a career reception in the NFL to replace him, the Cowboys need another receiver. However, I do not believe it is Lance Lewis. Replacing a player who had double-digit touchdowns with a player who was not invited to the combine usually does not pan out.

    The Cowboys have receivers on their team they are trying to develop. They have no need to draft another. If the Cowboys do draft a receiver it should be in the first three rounds. If they do not, they can sign a veteran after the draft and hope for progress from their young receivers.

    My Grade: C-

Round 7, Pick 222

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    George Bryan TE North Carolina State

    Drafttek’s Position Rank: No. 14

    When Martellus Bennett signed with the Giants, the Cowboys lost more of an offensive lineman than a tight end. Bennett was a great blocker for Murray and Jones and protected Romo pretty well in pass protection.

    The Cowboys need to replace that role in the offense. Jon Philips will be an upgrade over Bennett in the passing game but they need to find a third tight end to block. George Bryan can be that type of player. He is a big body who will help in the running game.  

    My Grade: B