The Dallas Cowboys will not be part of championship weekend as the 2012 NFL season draws closer to the biggest game of the year. Instead, they will once again be on the outside looking in and focusing on the results of the East-West Shrine Game and preparing for Senior Bowl week.
But that should come as no surprise, since the Cowboys have been wallowing in mediocrity for well over a decade. There will always be ghosts of draft's past that haunt this franchise and Jerry Jones' ability to evaluate talent. The 2009 draft, anyone?
So as the Cowboys forge ahead into the 2013 offseason, one would imagine that they have completely immersed themselves in draft preparation. What else would they be doing, right? Heaven forbid the Cowboys would actually be relevant this deep into the postseason.
As the bitterness of another disappointing season continues to wear off, the optimism slowly starts to build again.
And what better way to provide some of that optimism than with a mock draft. Several recent factors like switching to a 4-3 defense and the completion of the East-West Shrine Game will start to have an impact on the Cowboys' draft.
Let's analyze just how much of an impact it will actually make.