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Dallas Cowboys 2010 Draft: The Worst Case Scenario

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For the sake of argument (and because we still have a month until the draft), we wanted to take a look at a “nightmare” draft for the Dallas Cowboys–the worst possible combination of 26 players taken before their selection. This could provide us with a clearer understanding of what sort of player the Cowboys could secure should everything go haywire.

Players sure to be gone

Talented players like RB C.J. Spiller will push more likely Cowboys' selections down the board.

Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Joe Haden, CB, Florida

Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

Jason Pierre- Paul, DE, USF

Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

Cowboys’ options that could be gone (each player given a 1-10 chance of being available)

Earl Thomas, S, Texas (2)

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State (4)

Nate Allen is a sort of "worst case scenario" for Dallas, but what if even he is gone?

Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State (3)

Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers (3)

Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland (6)

Charles Brown, OT, USC (5)

Mike Iupati, G, Idaho (5)

Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan (4)

Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida (7)

Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma (2)

Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama (2)

Jared Odrick, DT/DE, Penn State (7)

Nate Allen, S, USF (9)

Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas (4)

Highest players left on our board

Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

Morgan is an excellent talent, but he may not fit the Cowboys’ scheme. What would the team do if a top-tier player who does not fit their style of play drops to pick No. 27?

What would the Cowboys do if a top-tier player who may or may not fit their scheme drops to their selection?

Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida

We have Spikes rated higher than most. He would be a reach if the Cowboys used their first selection on him (not because of his talent, but because of his value to other teams).

Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

We just profiled McCourty and we really love his skill set. Not many people would be thrilled with selecting a cornerback in the first round, but McCourty’s return ability might make it worth the investment.

Jahvid Best, RB, California

Best is obviously not a legitimate option for the Cowboys.

Brian Price, DT, UCLA

Price is another player most do not believe can fit well into a 3-4 defense. We believe he could make the transition to the five-technique though, so it will be interesting to see what Dallas does if Price is the best player left on their board.

Other Options

Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech

Great range and a natural fit in the Dallas D, but he is a reach at pick No. 27.

DeMaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

We really don’t think the Cowboys will address the wide receiver position early in the draft.

Taylor Mays, S, USC

The Cowboys have had Mays in for a visit and are apparently growing fond of the under-achieving USC star. Let’s hope Mays does not drop to the Cowboys’ selection.

Roger Saffold, OT, Indiana

We think Saffold would be a huge first round reach, but the idea of him being drafted that high is picking up steam. What will Dallas do if all of the top tackles are gone? Could Saffold be an option?

If the draft unfolds as above, we think the Cowboys will select. . . Taylor Mays. The team’s need at safety is overstated, but it is large enough that the Cowboys will select Mays if they have him rated as a top-tier player.

We would select. . . Derrick Morgan. Morgan is the highest-rated player left on our board and the Cowboys are in a position to select the best player available. We believe his athleticism would allow for a smooth transition to 3-4 OLB.

What do you think? Which player would you choose in this “nightmare” draft scenario?

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6 Responses to Dallas Cowboys 2010 Draft: The Worst Case Scenario

  1. john coleman says:

    Devin McCourty would be my guy. I think CB is thin anyway, and he could help in the return game. You know I do not advocate drafting a guy to return only. DeMaryius Thomas will be a good one also. However, WR is arguably our deepest position. As long it is not Mays I don’t care. Help me with this guy. It seems to me, he played in a pro system, so why the lack of production. He also had great players all around him. To me he has a complete lack of football instincts. I wouldn’t take him in the 3rd round. They surely don’t think they can coach him up.

  2. jongb35 says:

    We really agree on a lot in terms of the draft, because there is no player I would be too upset about the team drafting other than Mays. I wouldn’t be particularly thrilled with a WR, but if it is Bryant or Thomas, at least I know they are getting an impact player who can play some football.

  3. john coleman says:

    You know I thought and still hope that the lights have come on for JJ. Especially after taking out the trash, last off season. But with some of the talk like the Mays stuff. It makes me nervous as heck. We are so close, if we don’t screw up this draft.

  4. jongb35 says:

    You never know…perhaps the Mays talk is all fluff. I have a feeling if Dallas was truly interested in Mays it wouldn’t have been leaked so easily.

  5. john coleman says:

    Thanks for the security blanket. Man the draft can’t come fast enough.

  6. jongb35 says:

    Haha I know! Still about a month away.

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