So I decided to put together a mock which doesn't address the positions we expected early while still kind of sticking to needs and development. Like taking something other than DL and OL in the first, but not totally ignoring them in the draft. Also, making additions both expected and unexpected for the offseason for various off the wall but legitimate reasons. I wrote this up yesterday but click that red X in the upper right corner of my window. I saw somebody do a Mock of "out of the norm" so definitely in that light with some tweaking to the draft.
Brandon Moore 33 OG
- It's been stated over and over again, but this just makes too much sense.
William Hayes 27 DE
- Behind a lot of skilled players on the Rams, steady improvement and good size and ability, makes this guy a great addition to the defensive rotation.
Desmond Bryant 27 DT
- Under the radar player starting rise in FA, is great in the defensive rotation and brings experience and should be in his prime.
Ronde Barber Grandpa DB
- The surprise addition and one that will be accompanied by groans. Ronde still plays like he's 34 and if there is anybody who knows the system we are going to be running it's this guy. Like B.Moore at guard, you get a player who understands how to play and play well. The key thing he brings is tutelage. A strong mentor who I think could be extremely integral in helping teach the young DB's of the Cowboys.
rd1: Alec Ogeltree ILB
A common selection outside of the usual DT and OL picks, it makes sense and then it doesn't make sense. On one hand you already two very talented LB to play. On the other hand there is a lot to say about a core of (ogel-lee-carter). If one goes down, plug the other one in, injuries don't become that much of concern anymore. This is a draft you didn't expect. But if I were to "expect the unexpected" this is something I would not be too mad at. Also, you bring a player in with strong flexibilty and the ability to be moved around. Eventually if there is demand you could possibly unload one in the future for draft picks.
I traded down in the second to add a fourth and a seventh. As to which teams, I don't know, but there is a possibility someone projected in the first falls and a team decides to move up.
rd2: Phillip Thomas FS
- With the rise of Cyprien, it is possible that Thomas could be had in the late second as it is possible Cyprien is gone by the time our second pick comes up. Trading down and grabbing Thomas in the 2nd is great value, even though I think he'll go earlier. But hey, jusy mock with me.
rd3: Brian Winter OG/OT
- At this point you'll start to realize this part of the mock looks very similar to my other mock. But, I think these are players that the team should grab as the provide solid depth and instant competition along the trenches as they should.
rd4a: Khaled Holmes OC
- Great player who will probably go a round earlier, but is athletic enough to play in this scheme as a guard while providing depth at center.
rd4b: Bennie Logan DT
- LSU DT who is hard working with the reputation and willingness to learn. Couple this with Rob Marinelli and I think we strike gold.
rd5: David Bass DE
- Small school player who balled so hard in the pass rush and is good at getting to the ball carrier. Again, people probably don't view it like I do, but if there is anyone to tap his potential it's Marinelli.
rd6: Josh Boyce WR
- Has become my favorite WR in the draft and should be someone we could grab in the 5-6 rounds. Good speed with tremendous ability in route-running. He will contribute on special teams as a returner and provides a deep threat. Good player to have.
rd7: George Winn RB
- And with my last trick, I did a lot of searching for backs not discussed much and tried not to list Robbie Rouse in another mock. And here comes George Winn. He may run upright too much for some people, but I am intrigued and I would be more than happy to have on the team. Don't believe me, Just watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuwdTstW1Jg
A LITTLE DIALOGUE
Going with the offseason style of mixing old with new, Moore and Barber become 2 very competent players in areas where youth reside, in systems they know well, and play well. They become instant mentors to the young ones and should only be 1(Barber)-3(Moore) yr contracts. The wisdom they can pass to the young players at their positions is crucial and I think helps with the learning curve and turning over a more polished and even immediate play.
As far as the defensive line goes, I personally am for grabbing them early, especially in the earlier rounds. But, I am willing, for this mock, to overlook that and try to use our staff that we put in place. With the addition to Marinelli to the 'Boys defensive staff, I have 100% complete faith in his ability to milk the talent and production out of these guys. Bennie Logan has the reputation for being the hardest working player on his team with the willingness and ambition to get better and be the best he can be. He should be extremely coachable and with Marinelli by his side I think there is a lot of positives to come out of this. This is why a guy like David Bass would be good here, because of who would be pushing him to do better. Also the additions of William Hayes and Desmond Bryant keeps a healthy and highly competitive Dline rotations.
Not the mock you may have wanted or liked, but I think comes with good reason ans sound judgment.