Ok, I want to trade down with NE or Baltimore so badly that it makes my butt hurt. I'd dearly love to add another third-rounder. Unfortunately, I don't see anyone at the end of the first trading up. So, no trades in this mock. This is not a projection. It's who I'd realistically like to see the Cowboys select. My general theory on football is that the three biggest determiners of football games are QB pressure, QB play and overall OL play, in that order. This mock reflects those beliefs.
22) Anthony Spencer, OLB, Purdue, 6'3", 261, 4.7 - Great edge rusher with terrific quicks and a great first step. He's big and plays the run strong as well. I'm sure a lot of people would call this a reach, but I think he has the ability to be a superb strong-side compliment to Ware. Judging from what I've read, he's sliding up the boards.
53) Josh Wilson, CB, Maryland, 5'9", 190, 4.39 - Glenn is probably in his last year and if Henry doesn't snap out of it we're gonna need a new starter opposite Newman sooner than later. Wilson is fast and ultra quick, a true cover corner with closing speed to burn. He's a terrific athlete who plays a lot bigger than his height, is tough as nails and hos no problem supporting the run. He reminds me a lot of a little bigger, faster Antoine Winfield.
87) Allen Barbre, OT, Missouri Southern St., 6'4", 305, 4.84 - Flo is over 30, in his contract year and definitely seen his better days. I'm not sure that Jerry will be wanting to pay the big-time money that Flo will want, either. Enter Allen Barbre, an extremely strong and Athletic Division II All-American that dominated at his level. He has great agility and projects well to guard at the pro level too. I believe in Parcells' assessment of McQ and that he may be the future at LT, but there's nothing wrong with quality depth, and with a year under his belt to learn and get stronger, Barbre has the potential be a 2008 upgrade at either position on the left side.
122) Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR, UTEP, 5'11", 185, 4.52 - I don't know about his forty time, but Higgins plays a heck of a lot faster than that. He's extremely athletic with great speed, sick quickness and good hands. He's a homerun threat who will stretch the field and go up and get the ball. He's an excellent punt returner as well. He averaged 14.5, 20.6, 17.1 and 16.1 YPC, had 362, 700, 837 and 1319 yards, and caught 0, 10, 9 and 13 TDs the four years of his college career
159) Cory Anderson, FB, Tennessee, 6'2", 247, 4.7 - I know a lot of people love McClain, but for my money, Anderson is better at everything than McClain except catching passes. And Anderson is no slouch at that. He's a great athlete with lots of upside, is an effective, if not punishing runner, and a pretty good receiver out of the backfield too. Of all the fullbacks in this class, he's the best blocker and probably the best player all around.
195) Walter Thomas, NT, NW Mississippi C.C., 6'4", 374, 5.19 - The guy is HUGE, fast, and agile. He's a project, for sure, inexperienced at any decent level of play. But with his size, strength and athleticism, his potential has no limit. He has all the tools to be a devastating force in the center of Wade Philips's sack machine for years to come.
200) Kyle Young, C, Fresno St., 6'5", 354, 5.61 - A huge road grader who would add punch to the OL. He'd probably have to shed a few pounds, but he's exactly the kind of physical downhill mauler Philips needs to muscle his power running game. He'd be a quality backup to Gurode and push him in TC, which is always a good thing.
212) Jake Kuresa, G, BYU, 6'3", 322, 5.25 - Big, strong, athletic and versitile. He played T, G and C over the course of his hollege career. A perfect backup guy along the OL with upside to maybe be more.
234) Jeff Rowe, QB, Nevada, 6'5", 226, 4.98 - Big and fast for his size. He doesn't have a huge arm but has nice touch and is deadly accurate. 2633, 2925 and 1907 yards, 58.4, 62 and 64.7 completion percent, and 15/12, 21/10 and 17/8 TD/INT the past three years.
237) Anthony Pudewell, TE, Nevada, 6'4", 250, 5.04 - There are only two TEs on the roster. Pudwell is an excellent blocker with good hands.
A coupla UDFA...
Marcus Hamilton, CB, Virginia, 5'11, 186, 4.51 -- He played a LOT of man coverage at Virginia and picked off a lot of balls. Led the ACC twice, I think. He's smart and was a real leader on the field. The past three seasons he totaled 4, 6 and 5 interceptions.
Jordan Kent, WR, Oregon, 6'4", 221, 4.50 - Huge WR with great speed for his size. Here's the skinny from Draft Countdown: Has outstanding height and bulk with long arms...Tremendous natural athlete...A long strider with decent speed...Just oozes potential...Phenomenal leaper...Smart and a hard worker w/ top intangibles...Showed big improvement in a short time. Was born in Saudi Arabia...Played basketball for the Ducks and his father, Ernie, is the head basketball coach...For the most part he had been known as a track and basketball star and he actually excelled in both sports at the high school and college levels...Opted to give football a try in 2005 and in doing so he became the first NCAA athlete to letter in three sports since 2002...Didn't see much action on the gridiron in high school...An extremely intriguing prospect who may get drafted based on upside alone...Whoever brings him into the fold will have to be willing to invest a lot of time and effort in him but in the end it could pay major dividends.