2010 Cowboys-Only Mock Draft: Version 2.0
In our first Cowboys-only Mock Draft, we projected Dallas to select Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick and Ole Miss RB/WR Dexter McCluster with their first two picks. In Version 2.0 of our Cowboys Mock Draft, we will give you an alternate path the Cowboys may take come April 22nd.
Round 1- Charles Brown, OT, USC
We profiled Charles Brown in our “Potential Draft Picks” Series, detailing why he is not the typical Cowboys’ lineman. Brown is just 300 pounds and could be a great choice for a West Coast offense, as he excels in pass protection. After the playoff loss in Minnesota, though, Dallas likely wants to upgrade their pass protection. If Brown is still on the board at pick #27, his selection could mean Dallas is changing their offensive philosophy a bit.
Round 2- Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
Burnett is the sort of safety Dallas covets in that he is versatile enough to play either strong or free safety. Many people are speculating that the Cowboys could sign soon-to-be free agent Antrel Rolle. If that happens (which we still see as unlikely), Burnett would not be an option here. Also, if Texas safety Earl Thomas drops to the Cowboys’ first-round pick, expect him to be the pick and for the team to obviously go a different direction here.
Round 3- Micah Johnson, ILB, Kentucky
Micah Johnson certainly possesses all of the physical tools to excel in the NFL, but his health is a question mark. We listed his physical as one of ten things to watch at the Combine. If that ends up checking out, Johnson could rise up boards. He is a sideline-to-sideline player who, in our opinion, can play all three downs. Dallas will likely have to grab him in round three if they are interested.
**UPDATE: Micah Johnson just ran an unofficial 4.99 at the Combine. He did manage 34 reps on the bench press, but with this time and his injury history, Johnson will probably last until the fourth round. His pro day will be enormous for him.
Round 4- Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson
After notching the fastest forty-yard dash (4.28 official time) at the Combine on Sunday, Ford may rise up some boards. The problem is that he is a poor route runner and doesn’t play nearly as fast as he tested. He is a track star that knows how to run fast in a straight line, but has yet to translate that speed to the football field. We saw him as a fifth or sixth round pick earlier, so expecting him to drop to the back of the fourth round is realistic. Dallas may view him as an upgrade at both return positions.
Round 6- Corey Peters, DT/DE, Kentucky
Kentucky isn’t exactly a football powerhouse, but we have two of their defenders becoming Cowboys in this particular Mock Draft. Peters, a guy who would have to transition to the “five-technique” in Dallas’ 3-4, would be a project. He had a big-time senior season with 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. He would likely have to compete with practice squad DE Marcus Dixon for a roster spot.
Round 7- Walter McFadden, CB, Auburn
You can never have enough talented cornerbacks. McFadden would be a long-shot to have an impact in the near future, but he has good height and adequate speed. He would need to put on a bit of bulk, but perhaps he could push Scandrick to perform better in the slot.
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