Mel Kiper and Todd McShay did a mock draft earlier this week for inside ESPN members and they say the Dallas Cowboys will select USC safety Taylor Mays or USC tackle Charles Brown.
Kiper: Dallas has made it clear that it plans to address the left tackle position, and Brown is a natural fit here. Remember that Brown should develop, as he’s a former TE with good feet and improving skills. I see him backing up Doug Free to start his Cowboys career, before stepping in and taking over. Not an exciting pick, but a smart one.
McShay: The Cowboys would love to see Brown fall this far but he is off the board and Campbell would be a reach. You could make comparisons between Mays and former Cowboys safeties Roy L. Williams and Ken Hamlin, both of whom struggled against the pass, but Mays has better closing burst and range in coverage despite being somewhat inconsistent.
Mays visited the Cowboys today, according to DMN. Ken Hamlin is gone and right now the Cowboys have Pat Watkins in the wings? I don’t know about that.
In mock drafts I have done, I recently selected Mays. The guy can hit, as shown here:
Sure, Mays hit his own guy, too, but the guy is a beast. A lot of people believe he will flop in the NFL because of his coverage skills, but they underestimate his speed and his talent of closing in on receivers quickly. I don’t see him as a bust if he is chosen by the Cowboys.
But in another one, I chose Florida’s center-guard Maurkice Pouncey, who would add depth to an aging and often-injured offensive line. With Flozell Adams gone, the Cowboys need as much help with offensive line as they do at the safety position.
Mays is getting shafted by some football pundits, who believe he isn’t good enough at stopping big plays. Plus, he had a pretty bad final year with USC, but so did the entire team. They were not nearly as dominating as in years’ past.
I haven’t seen many mock drafts with Brown dropping to pick 27, which is the Cowboys first round pick.