Dallas Cowboys: A Seven Round Mock Draft
The Dallas Cowboys had sky-high hopes for the 2010 season, but by week five those dreams would become nightmares. The team started off 1-7 and lost there starting quarterback Tony Romo for the rest of the season. The offense struggled at times but overall didn't seem to miss a beat with Jon Kitna and even Stephen McGee at the helm.
The defense looked uninspired for most of the season until there last three games or so. The secondary looked like it was made up of high school players, they just could not cover anyone to save their lives. This Dallas team most certainly has the ability to be very good and I believe that with new Head Coach Jason Garrett running them they will be just that.
With expectations lowered after a terrible season the Cowboys might be able to surprise people and make it back to the playoffs. They need to address some serious needs through the Draft and if the lockout ends through free agency.
Round 1: Tyron Smith (Pick 9)
The Dallas Cowboys had plenty of problems last season and a lot of those came from the play of their offensive line. Aside from Doug Free and Andre Gurode the rest of the line looked terrible, that is where USC tackle Tyron Smith fits. He has gotten much praise since the end of the season and in the NFL Draft Combine and he has sky rocketed up the draft boards. Luckily for the Cowboys it looks as if the eight teams in front of them do not have tackle as a major need and he can fall right into their laps.
The thought of Doug Free and Smith holding down the tackle spots should make the Cowboys fans extremely happy for years to come. He has great size at 6'5" and weights around 310 pounds, pair that with his quick feet and long arms and he projects as an ideal Right Tackle. With this pick it almost assures Marc Colombo will not be back next season. His addition might also help bring Leonard Davis back to form as he might not feel so much pressure to help Colombo.
Round 2: Jimmy Smith (Pick 40)
Last season the Dallas Cowboys gave up the second most points per game in the NFL only in front of the Denver Broncos. That can mostly be attributed to their secondary as Terrence Newman, Mike Jenkins, Gerald Sensabaugh, and Alan Ball played terribly throughout the season. Both Jenkins and Newman were Pro Bowlers the year before so their seasons were very surprising. I believe that Newman's time with the Cowboys is slowly coming to an end and they could be looking to add some youth to someday take his spot.
Jimmy Smith, like Tyron Smith, has seen is stock rise since the NFL Combine and some people think he could be a first rounder. If the Cowboys can get him at pick 40 that would be a great thing, they need to bring in some guys to compete and light a fire under guys like Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick. Smith has great size for a cornerback being almost 6'3 and 220 pounds. He could make a difference in Nickle packages and even play if their was an injury.
Round 3: John Moffitt (Pick 71)
The Cowboys would love to see this guy fall to them in the third round, John Moffitt had a great career at Wisconsin and should improve Dallas from day one. With the problems Leonard Davis had last season and the injury concerns with Kyle Kosier, Moffitt could come in and start right away.
Moffitt is gifted with great size at 6'4" and 320 pounds, he can be a mauler inside and pair him with Doug Free on the left side they could open up some major holes for the running backs. An offensive line of Free, Moffitt, Gurode, Davis, and Smith could do some serious damage in the NFC East and the entire NFL next year.
Round 4: DeAndre McDaniel (Pick 110)
The Cowboys, like stated before had a pretty rough time in pass coverage last season. DeAndre McDaniels could be a steal of the draft especially in the fourth round, he had an extremely successful career at Clemson and if he can translate that to the NFL he could be very dangerous. Alan Ball will most likely not be back with the team as he was one of the worst safeties in the NFL last season, the only way he comes back is if he is a back up or moves back to cornerback for depth purposes.
McDaniels has good size for a safety at 6'0" and 220 pounds, he can pack a punch with some thunderous hits but also shows the ability to make some great plays in coverage, recording 13 interceptions from his sophomore season to his senior. If Dallas can get the most out of him they will have a heck of a player roaming the secondary for many years.
The other reasoning for this pick is I have Dallas signing safety Michael Huff when free agency starts, those two manning the safety positions would be a major upgrade for the Boys.
Round 5: Greg Jones (Pick 143)
In the Cowboys draft last year they moved up in the second round to get Sean Lee out of Penn St. Many people were surprised with that pick as they didn't feel it to be an immediate need after Bradie James and Keith Brooking had great seasons. Lee proved to be a great pick, he started of slow because of injuries but when he came back he looked great even intercepting Peyton Manning two times.
Greg Jones is a hard nose player with a knack of being around the ball. He plays downhill and is always moving and making plays. This season at Michigan St. was no exception, he helped lead the defense and team to one of its best seasons in school history. Compared to Sean Lee he is about two inches shorter but weighs nearly the same, he could be a great value pick for the Cowboys in the fifth round.
Round 6: Jerrell Powe (Pick 176)
There has been much speculation surrounding the Dallas defense since the team hired Rob Ryan as its new defensive coordinator. Many experts have hinted that the team might move Jay Ratliff to the defensive end position. I am not buying it, you do not take a guy that has been so dominate at his position and move him, he has made three straight Pro Bowls. Though you have to think the team does like last years Supplemental Pick Josh Brent, he played some valuable time and could see more time this year in different packages.
Jerrell Powe can be a monster inside, for a guy listed at 6'2" and 335 pounds he can move with the best of them. He shows some raw power off the snap and can get his hands on lineman and move them quickly. There have been concerns with his work ethic but I imagine guys like Jason Garrett and Ryan will be able to get the best out of anyone.
Round 7: Zane Parr (Pick 220)
The Cowboys will have some major decisions to make when free agency starts and the bulk of those decisions will come at the defensive end position. Marcus Spears, Jason Hatcher, and Stephen Bowen are all scheduled to become free agents and Igor Olshansky was better at celebrating then tackling. Bowen seems the most likely to return given the high praise he has received from Rob Ryan. Spears could also return at the right price and there is always that possibility they move Ratliff to end.
Zane Parr reminds me a lot of a former Cavalier and Cowboy Chris Canty. Parr is big at 6'6" and weighing around 275 pounds, he could be a project guy that could come in during different situations and help spell the starters. Ryan likes to use a lot of different rotations in his defenses so it would not surprise me if this guy saw some serious time over the season.
Round 7: Owen Marecic (Pick 252, Compensatory Pick)
The Cowboys last pick of the draft could be a guy that becomes a starter and a very good player in this league. Every fan will remember that night Romo got hurt and they certainly will not forget the guy who missed the block Chris Gronkowski. He was an undrafted free agent that made the team and started for a few games. I am not saying they should cut the kid because he showed flashes of being a good player, I am saying they should bring in some competition.
Jason Garrett loves hard nose smart players and the Cowboys would be getting just that if they drafted Marecic. He is a coaches pet always making smart decisions on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, that is because he plays both ways. He translates more to a fullback in the NFL but was a solid linebacker as well in college. He could be that lead blocker the cowboys have been looking for since the days of Darryl Johnston, who he reminds me a lot of.
Recap of Rounds 1-7
This will be Jason Garretts first draft as Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys and he has a chance to start it off great. He will look to fill needs at some very important positions and to create some much needed competition. I look for him to have a great draft and take players that can and will make an impact throughout the season.
Rd 1—Tyron Smith (USC Tackle)
Rd 2—Jimmy Smith (Colorado Cornerback)
Rd 3—John Moffitt (Wisconsin Guard)
Rd 4—DeAndre McDaniels (Clemson Safety)
Rd 5—Greg Jones (Michigan St. Inside Linebacker)
Rd 6—Jerrell Powe (Ole Miss Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle)
Rd 7—Zane Parr (Virgina Defensive End)
Rd 7—Owen Marecic (Stanford Fullback/Linebacker)