The Cowboys may be in the middle of a suspenseful playoff chase, but we’re also trying to stay focused on the other things that are coming up.
The NFL draft is one of those things.
The Cowboys still have serious holes to fill and spots to upgrade. With limited money to spend this offseason, this draft needs to count.
This mock draft offers major changes to my previous ones.
It’s hard to prioritize the Cowboys’ needs anymore. The injuries have proven to be too much to handle while the issues from earlier in the season still linger.
Nevertheless, I’ll give it my best shot. Here we go.
Weight: 320 lbs
Previous Pick: No Change
My opinion is that the Cowboys need an offensive tackle and a center more than they need a guard. However, Jeremy Parnell is actually looking pretty good and the Cowboys will have options with Mackenzy Bernadeau and Phil Costa at center.
Warmack is a great value in the first round.
What you get with Warmack is a tremendously talented player who uses excellent technique. Selecting offensive line in the first round is safe. You know what you’re going to get with these guys.
Warmack is a solid pass protector and an excellent run blocker. He gets to the second level effortlessly and makes impact blocks for his running backs.
Warmack is made for a balanced offense. In Dallas, he’ll thrive.
Weight: 320 lbs
Previous Pick: D.J. Fluker
I’d still love to have D.J. Fluker here, but the arrest to Josh Brent and the probable release of Jay Ratliff makes this a selection a must.
Williams is a fierce lineman who can do everything well. He isn’t considered a pass-rush specialist but has the power and athleticism to be disruptive.
One thing to love about Williams is how he eats up space. Williams has a great frame and is able to take on multiple linemen to allow his linebackers to make plays.
Williams won’t be a flashy player but will do his job. He could be a productive lineman who would consistently stuff the run and get somewhere around five sacks per season for the Cowboys.
Weight: 288 lbs
Previous Pick: No Change
I’ve been going back and forth on this pick. I believe the Cowboys will look very hard at Tyler Bray here as a quarterback of the future.
However, when all is said and done, Hunt becomes the best choice.
Hunt has exceptional size and talent. He is quite raw still but would be able to improve a Cowboys defensive line that is lacking playmakers.
Hunt is a solid pass rusher who has an incredible work ethic. He is consistently getting better and making plays.
Hunt could work on his run defense but has been showing improvement. If he retains his focus, Hunt will be the steal of this draft.
Weight: 230 lbs
Previous Pick: Bacarri Rambo
Landry Jones is one of the toughest cases to crack of the NFL draft. His performance this year puts him behind middle-tier quarterbacks like E.J. Manuel, Mike Glennon and Tyler Bray. Additionally, I don’t see teams jumping at quarterbacks in the third and fourth rounds after the top-tier quarterbacks are gone.
This puts the Cowboys in a great spot to grab Jones with little risk.
Jones is a year removed from being a first-round lock. He had an up-and-down season, but that isn’t entirely his fault.
He still possesses solid arm strength and excellent accuracy. He’s mobile enough to navigate the pocket and escape initial rushes. Jones demonstrates a high football I.Q. that is showcased when having to make quick decisions.
Jones is the ideal “quarterback of the future” candidate. He’s smart and has elite talent. If the Cowboys need to move up in the fourth round to get him, I say it’s imperative.
Previous Pick: Brandon Williams
The Cowboys have serious depth issues at outside linebacker. Cornelius Washington is a player who has been underrated on a tough Georgia defense.
The two might make the perfect match.
Washington is a raw prospect who is an extremely talented pass rusher. While he struggles against the run, he has displayed improvement towards the end of the season.
One thing to really love about Washington is that he has a high motor. Every time I watch him play, I find myself impressed with how hard he plays. He isn’t a great pursuit player and is a liability in coverage. However, in pass rushing situations he is a great compliment to Jarvis Jones.
Washington would come to Dallas as a depth/special teams player but could really improve by studying DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. If he comes with the right attitude, he could become a talented contributor to this team.
Weight: 295 lbs
Previous Pick: Ryan Nassib
The best you can hope to do in the late rounds is hit on a guy with some solid potential.
Tanner Hawkinson is a raw player with solid potential. He is versatile enough to slide inside to guard, and versatility is invaluable with limited roster space.
Hawkinson has good footwork and decent athleticism. He needs to bulk up and add at least 10 pounds. If he can add some weight and some strength, he could improve enough to turn some heads.
I’m not expecting Hawkinson to be a steal, but I do think he has the ability to be a great depth player. He has talent; it’s a matter of getting good development. He can develop under offensive line coach Bill Callahan who is one of the best in the business.
The Cowboys have no pick because of the acquisition of Ryan Cook from the Miami Dolphins.
Really this isn’t a waste of a pick. Cook has contributed more than a typical seventh rounder would. He seems to be getting better and will allow the Cowboys some legitimate depth in the offensive line.
With an offseason under his belt, we’ll see if Cook can become a key cog in a rebuilding offensive line.