Dallas Cowboys Complete 7-Round 2014 NFL Mock Draft
For the past three years the NFL draft has been Jason Garrett’s way of making sure this is his team. After back-to-back-to-back 8-8 seasons this year’s draft is his most important yet.
This is their chance to catch up.
The Cowboys have a plethora of needs and 11 picks to fill them. This draft is deep and will provide the team with the opportunity to get both quality starters and roster depth.
Let’s hope they get this one right.
First Round: Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA
Weight: 250 pounds
The Cowboys will likely be in a position to trade down here but the idea of adding a potential top-10 talent is too tempting for Jerry Jones.
Barr is a dynamic pass-rusher who compares favorably to DeMarcus Ware. He has a high motor and excellent athleticism and is an absolute terror off the edge with his combination of speed and strength.
The one issue here is that Barr is more of a developmental player who doesn’t have a definite fit in the Tampa 2 scheme. Personally, I believe he could develop into a weapon who could be utilized both as an outside linebacker and defensive end.
The Tampa 2 defense requires a successful rush and that’s the one thing you can be sure Barr will bring to the Cowboys. Rod Marinelli will be able to move him around and maximize his potential as a three-down player.
If it works out, Barr could be franchise’s next great defender.
Second Round: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Weight: 325 pounds
The Cowboys draft Moses here as a replacement to the expiring and aging Doug Free.
Moses is a mammoth of an offensive lineman who utilizes good technique against his opponents. Moses is quick off the snap and uses his power to control his defenders. Much more of a mauler, Moses also has a great punch that completely knocks speed rushers off course.
Moses would complete a youth movement along the offensive line in Dallas. The Cowboys will have three promising young linemen in Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith and Moses. This selection is more about the future than anything, but it’s a great move, one that the franchise and fans won’t regret.
Third Round: DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
Weight: 251 pounds.
The Cowboys badly need to upgrade their defensive line, and they do so with DeMarcus Lawrence. Lawrence fits the definition of a pass-rusher—he’s an explosive end with an excellent repertoire of moves.
What makes Lawrence so valuable is his quickness off the line. His 4.80 40-yard dash time doesn’t completely tell the story of how explosive he can be. Lawrence would thrive under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who could easily turn Lawrence into a double-digit sack artist.
Lawrence will need to bulk up and improve his ability to shed blockers, but those are technique-related issues that can be improved with solid coaching.
Fourth Round: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
Weight: 302 pounds
After an impressive Senior Bowl, Reid generated buzz among analysts who cover the NFL draft.
Though a "tweener," Reid is best suited as a 3-technique. He has an incredible motor and displays ferocious power in his pass-rush techniques, utilizing a rip or swim move that dominates opponents.
An explosive athlete, Reid would serve initially as a rotational guy who could eventually replace newly acquired veteran DT Henry Melton.
There would be a ton to be excited about with this pick, both for the present and the future.
Fifth Round: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Weight: 207 pounds
Fact: Tony Romo isn’t getting any younger and his back isn’t getting any healthier. That’s not to say Romo will be retiring anytime soon but the Cowboys would be smart to start developing his replacement.
Enter Aaron Murray.
Murray is essentially Romo 2.0. He certainly isn’t elite in any specific facet, but he’s got a solid all-around skill set. Murray is mobile enough to escape a collapsing pocket and strong enough to throw effectively on the run. He also has above average arm strength and accuracy.
Murray’s stock took a hit in 2013. But when you consider that he lost his best weapons to injuries, it’s hard not to be impressed with his performance last season.
Murray would sit, rehab his leg injury and assume the role of a developmental quarterback like Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay during Brett Favre's final seasons with the Packers. He might be able to provide the Cowboys with a contingency plan for 2014, but Murray would be mainly viewed as the player to possibly take over at quarterback when Romo decides to hang it up.
Seventh Round: Multiple Picks (See Below)
The Cowboys have a staggering six picks in the seventh round of the 2014 pick. Whether they'll package any of these picks to move up in this year's draft or secure picks in future drafts remains to be seen.
For our purposes, we'll assume Dallas keeps all six selections.
229th Overall: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Thomas is electrifying player with exceptional playmaking ability. He’s got great speed and can take off in a flash. He would provide the Cowboys with a dynamic return man.
231st Overall: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
The Cowboys are likely to employ more man-to-man coverage under defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli this year and Colvin is a physical corner who isn’t afraid to play the run.
238th Overall: Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska
Adding a guard at this point is strictly for depth. Long is worth taking a stab at, and the Cowboys certainly wouldn’t mind if he developed into something more.
248th Overall: Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
A good route-runner with good hands, Campanaro fits this team as a legitimate slot receiver. Although he doesn’t have any elite traits, he’s a technician who knows how to get open.
251st Overall: J.C. Copeland, FB, LSU
Copeland is a 271-pound wrecking ball with 4.95 speed. The Cowboys are one of the few teams who still like to utilize fullbacks, and Copeland could be a fantastic upgrade over Tyler Clutts.
254th Overall: Jemea Thomas, FS, Georgia Tech
Thomas is a rangy, physical safety who could be a special teams ace for this team.