In his previous mock draft, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay had penciled in Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara as the pick for the Dallas Cowboys when they’re on the clock at pick number nine. In his updated version of his mock draft, McShay has gone a different direction.
The pick is now Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt. Watt would fill a huge need for the Cowboys at defensive end. Here are McShay’s thoughts on Watt to the Cowboys:
The team’s most pressing need is for a 5-technique (defensive end) in its 3-4 scheme. The Cowboys are also aging along the offensive line and need some depth/future starters at inside linebacker and safety. Dallas would have a tough call in this scenario, but Watt will continue to fly up boards because of his versatility and nonstop motor. Watt is capable of making an immediate impact on all three downs as a rookie. Finding a player like Watt to generate inside pressure would be a great complement to OLB DeMarcus Ware’s edge rushing ability.
Another possibility for the Cowboys pick would be Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan who blew scouts away at the Senior Bowl.