I put a lot of work and effort into this mock draft, so I wanted to share it here for comments and opinions. Thanks.
Ok first I'm gonna run down what my thinking is for the first three rounds and our percieved needs of WR, DB, and RB. I included saftey into our needs with Roy Williams crappy play and Ken Hamlin being a FA next year.
My thoughts are, with a quick look at our starters this is what we see:
CB- Terence Newman (30), Anthony Henry (32)
WR- Terrell Owens (34), Terry Glenn (34)
RB- Marion Barber (25)
I think it's pretty obvious that what we're looking for out of this draft is a future starter
at WR, a future starter
at CB, and a future backup
at RB. Because of that I feel that if we keep our two first round picks our top priorites should be WR and CB, which pushes our need for a RB to round 2 or 3 unless a great prospect like J-Stew were to fall.
, Pick # 22: DeSean Jackson (WR/PR) California
Yes I know he's too small, yes I know he's too light, but what I also know is that when the ball is in his hands good things happen. I posed this question in another thread; who on this offense can change the game at any moment by breaking a long play for a TD? The only name I can think of is Terrell Owens. Crayton, Witten, Barber, and many others are very good players, but they don't have that ability to change a game like that. I felt we were one big play away from winning that playoff game.
, Pick #28: Antoine Cason (CB) Arizona
I know some people are going to say it's too early, but CBs and QBs always go higher than expected. I think from picks 18-30 there will be a run on CBs leaving Cason with good value at #28. Cason is a quick, athletic CB with the size and strength to battle the taller WRs like Plaxico in our divison. Unlike Mike Jenkins he has very quick hips as evidence by his stellar shuttle and 3-cone numbes. Fastest shuttle time of any CB expected to be drafted except Tracy Porter.
As I said earlier that I thought we were one big play away from winning the playoff game, Cason brings that with his instincts for the interception. He's never had less than 3 ints in a game including 4 as a true freshman and 5 as a senior. An accomplished CB against a pass happy pac-10 with little help or talent around him I think he can step in and play early especially if we can't work a deal for Adam and he needs to be our starting nickel CB.
- Chris Johnson (RB/WR/KR) East Carolina
This pick goes back to my idea of wanting to add speed and difference makers to this offense. Johnson doesn't have the open field moves like a reggie bush, but he has the fastest first step of anyone I've ever seen. A creative OC like Jason Garrett who learned from Sean Payton could do a lot of very interesting things with Chris Johnson, espcially with another toy like DeSean Jackson to play with too.
DeSean Jackson has only returned 2 kickoffs in his collee career and Chris Johnson has never returned a punt in college so it would be assuming a lot to think that either one could do both. They're very different skills which is what makes Devin Hester so special. I think the combination of the two improves our special teams drasticly.
Third Round - Chilo Rachal (OG) Southern Cal. profile
Many scouts feel he came out of school too early, but family health issues gave him no choice. Rachal's mother was diagnosed with a stomach tumor and is still awaiting insurance approval for treatment, necessitating Rachal's decision to jump to the NFL. I've read many people say that he needs another year of development as a backup before he can be counted on as a starter. I think that's perfect for dallas where he can sit behind Kyle Kosier for a year and be ready next year to step in as a starter when we'll need him. He has the talent where he could have been a first round pick next year so we get good value in the third.
With needs at WR, CB, and RB already filled and a 13-3 team, the cowboys are able to take a luxury pick that could be a steal if Rachal plays to his talents after a year.
Fourth Round - Thomas DeCoud (FS/SS) California. profile
DeCoud is like a much faster Reggie Smith. Like Smith DeCoud has played all four DB positions in college, but found the most sucess at saftey. My thought process here is that DeCoud could come in and play CB his first year while Roy Williams plays his last year at saftey. Roy's contract is too much to get rid of him now, but we'll get a little more of a break in a year. With the loss of both Reeves and Nate Jones it opens up more than one need at CB. After that first year he's able to move to saftey where he could either replace Roy Williams and provide leverage in the future contract negotiations with Ken Hamlin.
DeCoud also improves our special teams. He doesn't return punts or kicks, but he blocked six kicks during his first two years at Cal. He also makes DeSean Jackson a better punt returner (proof
) He has the size (6-2), speed (4.50), and experience to cover TEs and RBs from the SS position and is a hard hitter that loves playing in the box. The one thing he doesn't do is come up with a lot of ints, but he makes up for it in plays behind the LOS.
"I've been hit by everybody on the team," Cal tailback Justin Forsett told the San Francisco Chronicle. "When Thomas hits you, it's not something you want to remember."
Fifth Round - Kevin O'Connell (QB) San Diego State
Just watch this video: Link
He looks like sombody put Tony Romo's mobility into Drew Bledsoe's body. He's 6'5 or 6'6 depending on who you ask with very good arm strenth and he's shown that he can make every throw necessary. I'm very impressed with him.
With this pick the cowboys take a page out of Mike Holmgren's draft strategy. In 1998 he took this QB named Matt Hasselbeck in the 6th round. The next year he took this QB named Aaron Brooks in the 4th round. Both players he was able to trade for multiple picks to be starters elsewhere. The cowboys should take a QB later in the draft to develop as a back up or if he develops like Hasselbeck, Brooks, or even Matt Schaub the cowboys can trade him for higher picks. It's a game of buy low, sell high that many teams do with late round QBs.
Sixth Round - Vincent Redd (ILB/OLB) Liberty. profile
Very good size for a 3-4 LB (6-6, 263) with exceptional speed for his size (4.58). Redd originally played at the university of Virginia before transfering to Liberty. Both schools use a 3-4 defense so he's usted to this defense. He played rush OLB in their 3-4, but I think he can also play ILB for us. He's shown the ability to get after the QB which we havn't seen from an ILB, has the strength to take on linemen and stuff the run inside, as well as the speed to run sideline to sideline. At the very least I think he's a very interesting developmental prospect based on his incredible measurables.
Seventh Round- Brennan Carvalho (OC) Portland State
Corey Procter did a decent job last year filling in for an injured Andre Gurode, but I'd like to bring in some competition for next year. Carvalho didn't play against top competition but held his own and played very well when matched against better players at the hula bowl.
Free Agents to look at:
These are just some players I like that I'll throw out there.
* Jerome Felton - I wanted to add Peyton Hillis in there buy couldn't make it work. Felton is a FB that could be drafted, but I'm hoping he doesn't so the cowboys can bring him in. He played mostly RB at Furman, but he has had some experience at FB and is a big strong guy that likes to be a lead blocker. Anderson has almost zero value as a ball carier, so this is an added demension that Felton can bring to the cowboys as well as being an emerency #3 RB.
* Danny Amendola - Good slot WR who knows how to run crips routes and get open. From texas and worth a look after the draft.
* Drew Kelson - Saftey. Ran a 4.45 fourty and jumped 41" at the Texas pro day. Was a very good gunner on ST ate Texas and would be looked at to fill in for Keith Davis as the backup saftey/ST gunner. Very skilled player that never panned out at Texas but was arguable the defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl with his play against Reggie Bush. If you have a chance to see the game again watch him run stride for stride with Bush and intercept the Leinart pass only to drop it as he hit the ground.
* Nate Robinson - Big NT from Akron. Has good bulk at 320 and impressive speed of the snap for a man his size.
* Ben Hochstein - Division 2 All-American at LT for Nebraska - Omaha, most outstanding OLinemen in his conference and an academic all-american.