Woods' First Annual Mock Draft - Version 1.0
For now, I'm assuming NO trades on the Cowboys' behalf. (That said, I hope we do manage to trade down come draft day.)
M. Lawson, OLB, No. Carolina State
I'll admit he is not as refined a product as other "true" OLB in this Draft; however, I think his ceiling is very high. I envision Lawson initially splitting snaps with Singleton, but as Lawson becomes more comfortable in his new role, he has the ability to take over and become an impact player.
A. Whitworth, OT, LSU
Aggressive run blocker, and he's physical on the second level. 4-year starter.
C. Griffin, Texas
Can play FS or CB, and his versatility can come in handy for the Cowboys in case of injuries, saving a roster space, etc.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Central Florida
He's 6' 4" and weighs around 229 lbs. and runs about a 4.5 40. Interestingly, he also played 6 games as a FS as a junior and led the team in tackles - meaning he should be able to contribute on Special Teams as we groom him. "A standout during the week of practice and in the Hula Bowl game", according to Ourlands. His game is being compared to a young TO in terms of style, physical play, etc.
Chris Kuper, OG, North Dakota
Only Guy Whimper and D. Colledge had better Combine workouts at the Guard position. (Also, the Cowboys have shown interest in Kuper.) Very coachable, tough, physical, and competitive. Moves easily to the second level, which is very important to BP and the coaching staff (see Kosier).
Titus Adams, DT/NT, Nebraska
An inside run stuffer. Dominated inside players at the Hula Bowl. A lot of ability, but he needs to improve consistency. Could also be an emergency left end to stop the run. He played DE as a freshman. Again, his potential versatility could suit as well. He's 6' 3" and weighs 306 - seems like the size BP likes as well.
With this draft, I think we've adequately addressed youth on our OL, a playmaking LB to round out our current group, versatility in the secondary, a WR to groom (with significant upside) who can contribute on Special Teams as he learns, and a NT to rotate with Fergy.
Finally, I would expect at least 2 of these Day 1 rookies to start sometime this season (Lawson and Griffin).