This mock draft will be a little different from my other one, and will take into account Mike Iupati no longer being on our draft boards at #27. #27 traded to the Cleveland Browns for the #39 pick and the Browns 4th and 5th round picks. Round 2 2a. Nate Allen, S, USF With a desire to gain more playmaking ability from the safety position, the Cowboys select Nate Allen out of USF. A willing hitter with sound tackling fundamentals, Allen's cornerback-style abilities in coverage help the Cowboys to bring in a player that will help to solidify the evolving position of Free Safety in the NFL in today's passing league. Does Nate Allen start in 2010? Probably not unless Ken Hamlin shows a marked decrease in ability on the field or goes down with injury; however, if Nate Allen does get a shot, look for him to possibly hold down the spot permanently and make Hamlin expendable. 2b. Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale With Doug Free projected as the future at Left Tackle & Robert Brewster as the future project for Right Tackle, this pick might confuse some fans. Jared Veldheer, the 6'8", 312lb offensive tackle from Hillsdale would be an outstanding pick in the 2nd round and it might be difficult to get him that late in the 2nd round. While he does give up around 50lbs to Leonard Davis, his height alone would make him an excellent prospect to actually make the switch to Guard in the NFL. With a guy this size eventually playing alongside Doug Free on the left side of the line, he could give Free a bit more latitude when blocking speed rushers on the edge. At a very light 6'8" as well, he would also make for a punishing blocker when pulling around off-tackle to the left, or into the gaps on the right behind Leonard Davis. Oh, and he can hang clean 425lbs. [youtube]<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TZUoHh8gupE&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TZUoHh8gupE&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>[/youtube] Round 3 3a. Dorin Dickerson, FB/TE/WR/H-Back, Pittsburgh With two pretty solid potential 1-year starting positions drafted, the Cowboys now look to the future, as well as a few problems in the offense in key losses last year. Dorin Dickerson makes the releasing of Deon Anderson a foregone conclusion, and he becomes an immediate Day 1 starter. A receiving threat from the slot or the backfield, a willing and able blocker, and a potential short yardage solution to keep offenses guessing, Dorin Dickerson makes almost too much sense as a pick for the Cowboys and in my opinion would also be a steal at this point in the draft. Interestingly enough...thats Nate Allen in that photo as well. 3b. - via Trade (4th rounder traded via Cleveland) Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson Jerry Jones works some wheeling and dealing with this year's 4th round pick to move into the middle of round 3 to select Jacoby Ford out of Clemson. Ford, who only stands about 5'11" with cleats and weighs 185 lbs, is very athletic and once was reported to run the 40-yard dash in high school between 4.1 and 4.2 seconds. Some unofficial watches at the combine had him around 4.27 seconds. With this pick, the Cowboys find themselves a speedy return specialist that would allow us to keep Felix out of the freight-train style collisions of the kickoff return as well as a wide receiver deep threat similar to DeSean Jackson - while he might not be good enough to see the field much in 2010 as a receiver, Ford would be able to at least run off coverage by going long very quickly. This could potentially open up a lot more of those intermediate passing routes that Jason Garrett seems to love but our team cannot fully execute to the best of their ability due to not having someone fast enough to draw deep downfield coverage a la Terry Glenn. Speaking of Terry Glenn, he wasn't much bigger than Ford. Sometimes the little guys deserve a look. Round 4 Jason Fox, OT, Miami Late season knee surgery and other injury concerns have Jason Fox sliding down to the back half of round 4. Here, the Cowboys find outstanding value as a potential backup swing tackle as well as Left or Right Tackle prospect in the event that Doug Free is better suited at RT and Robert Brewster doesn't pan out, or vice versa. As a former tight end, Fox's athleticism is not in question and he was a solid anchor on the offensive line at Miami all four years and was a candidate for the Outland Trophy. He also allows the Cowboys to keep with their theme of selecting high-character individuals. Round 5 - via the Browns Reggie Stephens, OG/C, Iowa State An All-Big 12 honorable mention, Reggie Stephens is an incredibly versatile offensive line prospect that started and played games at Left Guard, Right Guard, and Center in his career at Iowa State. Through 2008, he started 28 consecutive games so durability would not be an issue. He's a little short at 6'3", but at 322lbs he's strong and uses his lower center of gravity to his advantage. He's also very well-spoken. Round 6 Myron Rolle, SS, Florida State With the Cowboys feeling that they don't have very many holes to fill, they decide to take a flyer on Myron Rolle. Obviously a smart guy, Myron Rolle is also a very athletic strong safety prospect while not exactly being the fastest guy on the field. He might struggle to make the team, however, with the Cowboys having Mike Hamlin seemingly as the SS in waiting behind Sensabaugh, and Nate Allen posed to takeover FS from Ken Hamlin. As a backup, however, he would provide a little bit better coverage ability than Patrick Watkins, although he isn't nearly as fast as Patrick Watkins and his special teams contributions remain to be seen. Round 7 Malcolm Sheppard, DT, Arkansas The Cowboys decide to go back to Jerry's alma mater for this pick and take Malcolm Sheppard out of Arkansas. While a bit raw, Sheppard did record 14.5 tackles for loss in 2008 as well as 6.5 sacks in the SEC. He was also voted 2nd Team All-SEC in 2008. He is a bit undersized at 6'2", 280lbs, but he might also help to provide some depth at Defensive End if he can beat out Junior Siavii in camp.