Every year I go through several versions of a Mock Draft for the Cowboys. This is the inaugural launch of my Christmas wish list. My primary needs on the team are CB, WR, RB, OT, and ILB. I base this upon age, salary, and probable Free Agent defections. Your comments are always welcome, good and bad. 1a. Sam Baker, OT, USC, 6'5", 308. This pick may shock some people. It shouldn't. If he had not been injured in 2007 Sam Baker is a top 10 pick. I have a feeling the Hotel is not coming back. It's just a gut feeling really based on pure dollar amounts, but I'm not ready to put Doug Free at LT and say let's go. There are several OT candidates in the first round, I think only Jake Long and Ryan Clady have no chance of being there at 22. Baker needs to get stronger, but he does not get beaten inside or outside. Simply put this pick is insurance on our Franchise QBs health. I never frown at OL in round 1. 1b. Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona, 6'0", 190. You can accuse me of being a homer and I'm not going to deny it. However, I won't apologize for it either. Cason is good. How good? Good enough to be the 2007 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the best DB in the Nation. This guy knocks passes down with regularity. In 2007 he defelected 14 passes (32 in his career). If he gets his hands on it (5 INTs in 2007, 15 in his career) he often goes the other way (twice in 2007, 3 times in his career). He's a solid tackler (71 tackles in 2007, 232 in his career). He also returns punts. I've never seen anyone make that job look so effortless. He'll move what looks like 6 inches and the tackler will fly right by him. He is a 2 time Team Captain so you also get good character. 2nd round. James Hardy, WR, Indiana, 6'6", 220. I personally think this pick will be traded for another WR, but am operating on the assumption that something will derail that trade and we'll keep the pick. In this case I see us taking a chance on a Plaxico Burress clone as far as size. When you look at Hardy's 2007 stats one thing should scream at you. He had next to nothing in the way of a QB. 51 catches for 722 yards and 10 scores in 2007. He has good hands and decent speed for a player his size. Will fight for the ball. Is probably not a #1 WR, but can be a solid #2. I'd rather make the trade for the guy who can be a legit #1 when TO leaves, but I can't move heaven and earth. 3rd round. Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia, 6'2", 247. A FB over a RB? Yeah, I would because in the long run this guy will positively impact the running game more than a backup for Barber will. Schmitt has two stats that just jumps off the page at you. 106 knockdowns and 17 TD blocks. That means 106 times the guy he was blocking hit the ground and 17 times he sprung someone for a TD score. Those stats are unreal for an Offensive Lineman much less a FB. This guy plays with attitude and passion. Our offense needs some of that. Combine him with Barber and we have the meanest RB duo in the NFL. I don't think I have ever seen a more ferocious blocking FB in my life. He has broken 10 facemasks on his own helmets in his college career. That means this guy leaves it on the field every play. 4th round. Kevin Smith, RB, Central Florida, 6'1", 212. In a RB rich Draft talent always falls and this is proof. I was surprised to see the scouting reports list Smith as a 4th round projection, but I will take it. Smith is a perfect compliment to Barber. He runs hard and he catches the ball well. I definitely think he projects as part of a RB duo as opposed to a feature back, this is the perfect place for him to fit. A steal at this point in the Draft. Just like the guy he'd be backing up. 5th round. Spencer Larsen, ILB, Arizona, 6'2", 243. I know, I know, I went homer again. Yeah I did and with good reason. This guy is a born to play football. He was the Defensive MVP of the East - West Shrine Game and the unquestioned inspirational leader of the Wildcats defense. 131 tackles in 2007, 15.5 for losses, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 5 pass deflections and an INT. Why the 5th round for a guy like this? Simply put, 40 yard dash. He is not going to fly to the ball. That will never stop him from making tackles. This guy is smart and he reads breaks and angles and gets to the ball. He is a perfect guy to play Special Teams while he is groomed to be an eventual starter. He could rise up draft boards with a good combine. If he does, take him sooner. You'll never regret a guy like this on your football team. 6th round. Jaime Silva, S, Boston College, 5'11", 205. A nose for the football. That's the best way to describe Silva. He just knows where it is going to come down and he gets there first. The stats sheets say he had 6 INTs in 2007, but I remember in the Bowl game he got what they said was his 8th of the season. I will have to double check. He can play either Safety position and is good either deep or at the LOS. Special teams depth and solid attitude. 7th round. Shannon Tevaga, OG, UCLA, 6'3", 318. It seems like every year I want a backup QB in the draft or as an UDFA. This year is different. After round 3, there's no one I particularly like though someone may fall. In the absence of that go get a big O-lineman who started a lot of games. Tevaga fits that bill. Well, there you go. By all means, rip it apart. It's going to change in future editions. I always do as I study more.