As per my other thread (http://cowboyszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115607
) I have completed playing Cowboys GM and I think the results should please everyone. I know they did me.
Web site I work with is having their first interactive staff mock and I have the Cowboys. We made it to the 39th pick in round 2 tonight before calling it a night. We will be going all 7 rounds. I just wanted to let you guys know how I have done so far and get some feedback. I approached this draft as if we did not acquire PacMan because I think Dallas should do the same either way, I did predict we would send a 6th to Tennessee and made moves to account for it even going as far as agree with the Titans GM to take our 6th round pick.
Round 1, Pick #22-Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
As predicted there was drop of RB's. McFadden went #4 to Oakland and Mendenhall to Detroit at 15. With Stewart dropping it was hard to pass up. My heart was broken when Keith Rivers was taken by Washington at 21 and DeSean Jackson by Philadelphia at 19. I battled with taking Talib (went to GB at 30) or Sweed (went to Tennessee at 24) but Stewart was to much of a talent to pass on.
Round 1, Pick #28-Traded to the Carolina Panthers
I got an email from the Panthers GM around pick 18 saying if Brian Brohm was still on the board he was interested in making a deal. There was some good talent still on the board, Talib for one but when he threw in a 2009 1st round pick I could not pass it up ala the last 2 years. In the trade Dallas landed the Panthers 2nd round pick in 08' #43, 6th round pick in 08' #172 and the Panthers 1st round pick in 2009.
Round 2, pick #39-from the 49ers-Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
I sat and watched as Manningham and Hardy dropped to 39th pick and knowing both Buffalo and Denver were in need of WR's and could possibly take both I emailed the 49ers GM and stamped out a deal sending the 43rd pick in round that we acquired from Carolina to SF along with our 5th round pick #153 and a 2009 5th round pick.
Round 2, Pick #61-Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana
To say I was ecstatic that the player I targeted all along in the 2nd round and thought I gave up on when trading up for Manningham was still there with 61st pick is a understatement. I know many of the questions I received was how I was going to address the CB position and I think this selection answers them.
Round 3, Pick #92-Patrick Lee, CB, Auburn
You have got to be kidding me. I was thrilled as all heck when Lee was still on the board with the 92nd selection. I had him ranked right behind Porter in the 2nd yet stole him in the 3rd. I know the selection of 2 CB's in the first 3 rounds might rub some wrong especially considering the imminent trade for PacMan Jones but there is an all star defensive backfield in the making with these 2 selections and considering behind Newman and henry we have no real threats roster room is not an issue.
Round 4, Pick #126-Traded to Tennessee for PacMan Jones
Just a note on this pick, if Dallas still held this selection in this mock, the pick was going to be FB Owen Schmidt from West Virginia
Round 5, Pick #163-Curtis Johnson, OLB, Clark Atlanta
Amazing athlete who has become a hot name as of late. I would be surprised to see him still around when the draft rolls around but this is now and this is my draft! Much like the Jason Hatcher pick, Johnson is a small school prospect with big time potential.
Round 6, Pick #167-Chris McDuffie, OG, Clemson
This kid plays like you hit his momma and is a great athlete. He is still raw and learning the position but we don't need a starter and I can't think of anyone better to work with a young talent like this then Hudson Houck.
Round 7, Pick #235-Anthony Aldridge, RS, Houston
Dubbed the fastest human being we have ever seen by various NFL Scouts Aldridge could be classified as a RB after rushing for nearly 1600 yards as a senior but at only 5-9 and just over 165 he would have to settle for return specialist and role player in the NFL. This is simply a luxury pick that adds another dimension to the Cowboys offense and special teams.