Dallas Cowboys-Only Mock Draft, Version 5.0: The Final Picks
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Note: This is a two-page entry.
We have previously completed four other Cowboys-only mock drafts, listed here: Version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0. Some of those predictions were based on various scenarios, such as a stud player at a position of “non-need” dropping to the Cowboys.
This mock draft, our final version, will include our best guess for each Cowboys draft selection. How many will we predict correctly? I’m going to say either zero, all six, or somewhere in between. You can take that to the bank.
Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins claimed Allen is the best safety in this class. We know the Cowboys don’t have him rated as such, but we simply do not see a top safety (or offensive tackle) falling to the Cowboys’ 27th selection. We previously liked Florida G/C Maurkice Pouncey here, but the chances of him being available are dwindling.
Despite Jerry Jones’ proclamations to the contrary, we see Dallas moving out of the 27th slot. They will either package a few picks to move up so they can acquire a true play-maker or slide back into the early second round to grab either Allen or Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett. The cost of moving up is significant, so we will go with the latter scenario.
This prediction is also based on a hunch that the “interest” in USC safety Taylor Mays is a smokescreen. The Cowboys know they need a ball-hawk at safety, i.e. not Taylor Mays. Hopefully another team selects the workout-warrior before Dallas even has an opportunity to contemplate his addition.
No offensive tackle in the first two rounds? If the Cowboys don’t select one in the first round, it is unlikely they will address the position until round three at the earliest. We don’t see the value at tackle in the second round. The team could probably grab similar prospects whether they select an offensive tackle in round two or three.
Further, we see the outside linebacker position as similar to offensive tackle. The coaches seem to be satisfied with the starters at both spots (OLB is a no-brainer), meaning a rookie at either position will become a backup. The depth at both OLB and OT is also weak, with second-year players Brandon Williams, Victor Butler, and Robert Brewster at outside linebacker and offensive tackle, respectively.
Norwood is a player we love and think would fit well into the Cowboys’ 3-4 scheme. He needs to improve in coverage, but his pass-rushing skills are first round-caliber.
The Cowboys are reportedly “in love” with Shipley, and so are we. Not only is he an NFL-caliber slot receiver, but his return ability alone justifies his selection in the third round. The question is whether Dallas will wait this long to select him–they are rumored to be contemplating grabbing him in the second round.
Ultimately, we believe the ‘Boys will hold off on Shipley until the third. Moving up in the round is a possibility, but there is a decent shot that Shipley’s small size and lack of elite speed will allow him to be available for the Cowboys in the back of the third.
Shipley’s arrival will likely spell the end of Patrick Crayton’s tenure in Dallas. Crayton is a solid player, but he lacks the game-breaking ability that the Cowboys covet right now. Could a draft day trade be in the works?
Want more? Check out our top 90 overall prospects.
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