ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay revealed his 2011 first-round mock draft on SportsCenter today. Revealed on the show was his first ten picks, which had Dallas picking at number three behind Buffalo and Carolina. Who did McShay have Dallas selecting?
McShay penciled Clemson defensive end Da”Quan Bowers in as the Cowboys pick. Bowers is a versatile guy who can play in either the 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. Dallas has had trouble rushing the passer this year, despite having one of the most feared pass rushers in DeMarcus Ware.
Bowers is one of the best at attacking the quarterback in the NCAA this season and could end the year leading the nation in tackles for a loss. There is no question that Bowers could be a difference maker in the NFL.
While that is a solid pick for Dallas, I would like to see the team take one of the top corners — Patrick Peterson of LSU and Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara — or the top offensive tackle in the nation, Nate Solder of Colorado. Solder may be a reach if Dallas has a top three pick, but Peterson would be a great investment.
How does McShay see the rest of the top ten playing out?
1. Buffalo Bills: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford2. Carolina Panthers: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama3. Dallas Cowboys: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson4. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU5. Denver Broncos: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska6. Cincinnati Bengals: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina7. Detroit Lions: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa8. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, QB, Washington9. Arizona Cardinals: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado10. Cleveland Browns: AJ Green, WR, Georgia
Have a look at the direction McShay believes our NFC East rivals could go with their first-round selections as well:
15. Washington Redskins: Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida23. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississipi State27. New York Giants: DeMarcus Love, OT, Arkansas
For the entire first-round mock draft, you can CLICK HERE. (You must be an ESPN Insider to view the entire round.)