February Mock Draft

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by casmith07, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    This one will be more bare bones than my last draft, and based more on some stuff that I've seen from Broaddus and a better understanding of the defense now with Marinelli in charge, and the change in coordinator on offense.

    RD 1 - Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt - Jason Hatcher is gone in free agency. Tyrone Crawford is back to play some DT, but mostly DE. Spencer is back on a short-term deal due to injury. Donald can come right in and play either DT position and give us a considerable push in the middle of the line, even against double teams. Starting defensive line for 2014 is penciled in as: Ware, Donald, Hayden, and Crawford.

    RD 2 - Dion Bailey, SS, Southern Cal - J.J. Wilcox will make huge strides at FS this off-season, now playing and practicing with a less heavy heart after the passing of his mother (RIP). Jeff Heath is not ready for the NFL, and Matt Johnson simply can't stay on the field. Barry Church sticks in his role as a good to great nickel safety and special teams gunner along with Danny McCray (aka the New Keith Davis). Dion Bailey comes in with 222 career tackles at USC and 11 interceptions. He played in the box almost all of 2013 as a nickel linebacker, seeing lots of action around the line of scrimmage. He can cover like a free safety, and hits like a truck. He starts at SS next to Wilcox.

    RD 3 - Jimmy Garappolo, QB, Eastern Illinois - Romo's heir apparent. Quick release, great attitude, leadership qualities, and charisma. Jimmy Garappolo comes in as an insurance policy, but also as Romo's backup and eventual replacement. Can run if he needs to, but is better throwing from the pocket. With Romo's health potentially cutting his career shorter than his current contract extension, bringing in a guy every year or every other year to compete in camp for the backup spot and eventual starting spot is more important than we may think.

    RD 4 - Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas - my sleeper pet cat of the draft, simply because of his name. Another RKG who almost plays too hard and gets himself hurt, Jackson Jeffcoat can come in and immediately provide situational pass rush ability. Similar to one of my old favorites in Victor Butler, Jeffcoat won't be asked to do anything out of the ordinary except rush off the edge and tackle the QB. Potential 4-8 sack a year guy in situational pass rush scenarios, and eventual solid rotational player if Spencer and Ware don't stick around after this year. Has potential to start, as well, but could be a few years away.

    RD 5 - De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR/KR/PR/UTIL, Oregon - he's slipping in a lot of mocks, which is strange. Still, as Dwayne Harris approaches extension time, and with very limited use on offense, DT can come in take his spot as the do-everything guy on the team. He's small, so he won't break too many tackles, but once he gets a seam or a hole you can forget about it, and it's 6 points. Could contribute on offense too - just throw screen passes to him.

    RD 7.1 - James Morris, OLB, Iowa - Look at this 2013 stat line: 107 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, three passes broken up, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. With Bruce Carter entering 2014 as a question mark, and some confusion over the roles of Kyle Wilber and DeVonte Holloman at the OLB position, it can't hurt to bring someone in who might need more NFL strength, but can definitely contribute as a backup.

    RD 7.2 - Mason Walters, OG, Texas - a strong run blocker who struggled against speed rushers, Walters was an honorable mention for All-Big XII this year. He can come in and provide potential good swing guard backup duty, particularly in our zone blocking scheme which negates speed rushers somewhat against the run and the pass.

    RD 7.3 - Chris Davis, CB, Auburn - another kick return potential guy, Dallas chooses to bring in another CB to push BW Webb and Sterling Moore. Likely a practice squad stash, Davis is a good athlete with a good attitude from a good program with a good coach. :)

    Thoughts? Tear it up at will, folks!
  2. LatinMind

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    Like this but Garappolo will be gone in the first few picks of the 2nd round, and Jeffcoat will be a RD2 pick. I wouldnt hate him as Dallas' RD2 pick And Davis will probably be a 4th round pick.
  3. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    My Garappolo lasting until Round 3 is admittedly wishful thinking. I'm totally fine selecting him in the 2nd round as well with the way the rookie wage scale and contracts are now managed. I still don't see Jeffcoat going that high after his injury history. RD 3 at the earliest. I want him in a Dallas uniform just because of his dad.
  4. LatinMind

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    I think Dallas is going to pass over guys with injury issues too. Beasley, Jeffcoat, Gardner would all do great in marinellis system
  5. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    We have a history under Garrett of taking flyers on guys in the 2nd Round who used to be potential round 1 talent due to injury. I thought Vic Beasley was going back to school. Jeffcoat needs to be a Cowboy.
  6. LatinMind

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    oops Easley. LOL Dominique Easley DT Florida. He would be a perfect fit for Dallas. But his 2 ACL tears will keep off Dallas' board.
  7. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Probably keep him off a ton of boards. Maybe we can bring him in as an UDFA or late round selection.
  8. LatinMind

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    I dont think he gets out of RD4. Too Much talent. I could even see a team like Seattle taking him in RD2 or 3
  9. DuDa

    DuDa Well-Known Member

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    Overall solid mock but I would flip flop the Garappolo and Bailey picks for accuracy. I would love to draft Romo's eventual successor but this defense needs to much to waste a 2nd on a luxury pick.

    I love Bailey as a player. His intelligence and instincts are top notch for a safety coming of college.

    I don't see the love for Jeffcoat. He's got Cowboys blood running through his body but he is pretty thin, not very explosive, and displays inconsistant technique at best. He's got a great motor and that is worth something but I just don't see where he fits in the Cowboys defensive system.
  10. casmith07

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    He fits where I slotted him - situational pass rusher with a high motor. We don't need him to come in and be a three down defensive end.
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  11. tm1119

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    Sooo....Tyrone Crawford, Nick Hayden, JJ Wilcox, Dion Bailey, and Wilber/Holloman are all starting on defense next year? No thanks.
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  12. jblaze2004

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    im sorry but we have to be able to do better than hayden. Maybe he is ok as a back up.
  13. theSHOW

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    all your picks are wishful thinking. Every pick other than Donald will be gone an entire round before you select these bargains. In addition Donald is small and a 1st round reach. And unless Romo is not recovering well from his disc then a Qb would be another wasted selection.
  14. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will this defense be.
  15. CowboysLaw87

    CowboysLaw87 Well-Known Member

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    I know this mock assumes Bailey's a SS and will be paired with Wilcox (FS). I don't doubt he's a good player, but really? You want to replace Church?

    It doesn't make a lot of sense to me to bring in another SS type. Now if you told me he could line up primarily at WLB and use his speed/instincts to fly around the LOS and also play man coverage on backs and TE's, now I'm in.

    Seems to me there are a couple guys who can be had in R2/R3 that could bring special speed as a coverage, sideline to sideline WLB: Telvin Smith and Dion Bailey.
  16. Donny Phoenix

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    Admittedly, I don't study college players much before this time of year and still not much beyond what's posted on the site. But a safety to replace Church is not what is needed. Church is solid and will probably get even better for the next few years. I think Calvin Pryor to start over Wilcox with the 1st pick (if not DT Donald) or a later round FS to push and challenge Wilcox is what we're looking at. I think Wilcox is going to be good at FS, but Pryor is an instant upgrade and makes Wilcox great depth.
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  17. Oh_Canada

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    Team needs depth on the dline, if the plan includes finding a couple of value FA's to fill that depth I would be in favour of a draft like this one.
    Not a fan of Jeffcoat, but not a bad pick where you had him slotted. As DuDa said at least the guy has a big motor.....you could do worse than those guys in round four.
  18. xwalker

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    Tank Carradine went in the 2nd round (#40 overall) last year. He was in a similar situation to Easley and was on IR all season.
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  19. texbumthelife

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    Well, I like the first and fourth round picks. Otherwise I would call that draft a disaster if it went down that way.
  20. xwalker

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    Do they Cowboys really need to spend time developing a 5-9 CB? They already have Webb at 5-10, 184 and Moore at 5-9. I would take a shot at a big CB somewhere in the draft.

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