2011 NFL Mock Draft: 10 Prospects Jason Garrett Will Target For The Cowboys
Not many Cowboys fans, or players for that matter, thought that the Cowboys would be sitting at home right now. The Super Bowl will be played in Jerry World in Dallas and a countless number of pundits picked the ‘Boys to make it to the NFL’s biggest game in February: The Super Bowl.
However Dallas failed to live up to expectations, fired its coach, and finished the season at 6-10.
Now Dallas has an opportunity to improve its team via the draft as the team has the ninth pick.
But what position should the Cowboys tackle? Should Dallas draft an offensive lineman in an effort to replace Leonard Davis or Marc Colombo? Maybe they should go after a cornerback after the secondary played so bad this past season. Either way, Dallas has a lot of work to do this off-season.
Here are 10 players new Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett should target for the Cowboys.
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Depending on which mock draft you research Prince is project as high as 3rd or as low as 10th. Some believe that Prince’s abilities and potential are a better fit for the NFL than LSU’s Patrick Peterson and this is one fan who would not disagree. I like Prince’s upside and the Cowboys are in desperate need of help in the secondary.
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
I love defensive tackles because I used to be one back in my pee-wee days, but Fairley’s performance last night was Suh like. Don’t get me wrong, he’s knocking on Suh’s door but he’s not in the homey’s league yet, but Fairley may have just catapulted himself into the number one spot with the way he dominated Oregon’s line in that championship game. If he falls the Cowboys have no choice but to pick him.
Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
With Luck going back to Stanford it seems as if the Panthers will have to choose between Fairley and Bowers but if either drop the ‘Boys are ready to scoop. Dallas doesn’t have a dominant pass rusher on the line and Bowers could be the one to add that missing element to the Cowboys defense.
Marcus Cannon, OG, TCU
This is my second mock for the Cowboys and Cannon is still the second pick for the Cowboys. 361 pounds and he stands at 6’5”. Of course that doesn’t mean much in today’s NFL but he’s quick enough to help protect against the NFL’s fast defensive lineman.
Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech
The knock on Carmichael is his lack of technique and that his height may be of issue in the NFL. But according to scouting reports he doesn’t shy away from tackling and has a nice pair of hands on him. If Jenkins can get his act together next season Carmichael may be a great replacement for an aging Terrance Newman.
Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
If this names sounds familiar it’s because Austin got into a little trouble after dealings with an agent and was suspended for the entire 2010 season. But Austin is a freaking monster on the line and we can only imagine the type of damage he would have done this year if he would have made it to the field.
Ahmad Black, CB, Florida
Black was scouted by the Cowboys this season and with his play in the Outback Bowl against Penn State I’m sure he’s still on the ‘Boys radar. Black runs an average 40 at 4.51 but has excellent ball skills and great instincts. He’s projected 3rd and if he’s still there when Dallas goes to pick it’ll be interesting to see if they pull the trigger.
Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
Another player the Cowboys have scouted as they try to find players to improve the offensive line. Gilbert is 320 and 6’5,” so he has the prototypical size. But will his college talent translate over to the NFL?
Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College
Mark’s story is one of inspiration, simple as that. If you’ve never heard of this young then I urge you to google him. I’m sure every NFL team has sent a scout to take a look at this guy due to his fight and pure ambition. He has one of those motors that never stops and plus he has the size to play linebacker. Just seems like a born leader and the Cowboys could use that in the locker room.
Lee Ziemba, OT, Auburn
I like Ziemba because of his size. He stands at 6’6” and weighs 320 pounds. Simply put, he’s a beast of a man. Auburn didn’t play the cleanest game against Oregon and Cam Newton was pretty banged up afterwards, but still, Ziemba should do well in the NFL if he’s mean enough.