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Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft, Version 1.0: O-Line Emphasis

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At Dallas News, I published my first Cowboys-only mock draft with predictions of all six picks.

There are all sorts of ways to analyze the draft, from scouting reports to 32-team mock drafts to aggregate big boards. Today, I’m going to run through a Cowboys-specific mock draft—all six picks. Although I want it to be as accurate as possible, the primary goal here isn’t to accomplish the impossible and hit on all six selections. Rather, I simply want to provide one particular path the Cowboys could take in the 2013 NFL Draft, detailing the types of players they might seek, both in terms of position, talent level, and their fit with the team.

2013 Cowboys-Only Mock Draft

Round 1: Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC

Cooper was my choice for Dallas in my latest 32-team mock draft. In last week’s chat, I argued that Cooper and fellow guard Chance Warmack have to be considered the favorites to come to Dallas. Both are elite players and there’s a chance that they’ll be off of the board when the Cowboys are on the clock, but interior linemen tend to fall on draft day.

Here’s what I had to say about Cooper:

“Cooper is hands down the best pulling guard I’ve ever studied. He’s listed at 6’3’’, 310 pounds, although there’s a good chance he weighs closer to his college playing weight of 300 or so. Cooper uses his “lean” frame to move with ease to the second level of defenses. He’s as agile as any interior lineman I’ve seen, dashing across the field and having the athleticism to move with linebackers. When Cooper is on the move, he’s at his best.”

I think Cooper is a better fit and all-around superior prospect to Warmack, but the Cowboys should jump on either player if they fall.

Round 2: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

At 306 pounds, Armstead stunned people at the 2013 Scouting Combine by running a 4.71 40-yard dash. He’s so athletic that some teams considered him as a tight end. From my scouting report:

“I watched every snap for Armstead against Jackson State. As you’d expect, he dominated lesser competition. It’s always difficult to grade small-school players because they can often cover up their weaknesses with superior athleticism or strength. You see that at times with Armstead; he would often let rushers get into his chest and pop him back a little, but since he was so much bigger and stronger, he could absorb the blow even if he was flat-footed.

At the East-West Shrine game and Senior Bowl, Armstead performed well but struggled against bull rushes. He mirrors defenders really well—it’s rare for a speed-rusher to blow past him—but he doesn’t have the same advantage in strength to make up for poor technique against NFL-caliber competition.”

Armstead would be an immediate upgrade over Doug Free at right tackle.

Head over to DMN for the full mock draft.

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