At this point in time DeMarcus Ware is the best defensive player in the league, period. You can’t argue that, just like you can’t argue the fact that Jay Ratliff and Sean Lee are also stars on this defense. However, without those three what do you have? Not many people are impressed with the Cowboys defense, nor have they been the last 6 years. The Cowboys hired Rob Ryan and moved key players all over the scheme to try and change that perception. Nothing has worked, nothing has transformed this defense to the defense it was when Dallas was a dominant team.
Anyone who knows me at all knows that I’m pumped about this draft. The 2012 NFL draft offers some tremendous defensive prospects. Prospects that could bring leadership, intensity, and immense talent to We all have our own opinion on who the Cowboys will select this draft. Just for some food for thought ill let you guys in on my 4 round Dallas Cowboys mock draft that has a definite defensive flavor.
Round One, Pick #18 overall: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
I mock the Cowboys ransoming the 14th pick with the San Diego Chargers who trade a 1st and a 2nd for 14th overall (Michael Floyd). Barron offers the Cowboys something they haven’t had in quite some time. Since Darren Woodson retired the Cowboys have desperately needed an elite safety prospect. This may be a reach for a best player available team, but the Cowboys get a rangy safety who can do everything well. Though Barron has injury concerns I consider him an elite prospect that could offer intensity and leadership in the secondary. I’m quite infatuated with Alabama prospects because they have a championship pedigree; the Cowboys need guys who know how to win.
Strengths: Barron is physical and smart. He is able to understand offenses and read quarterbacks. Can play strong in man-to-man coverage and is especially dangerous in deep zone coverage. Excellent size for a safety could improve his speed but isn’t a liability.
Weaknesses: Can be too aggressive at times while playing the run. Struggles against slot receivers. Needs to improve explosiveness. Stiff hips and needs to be more fluid.
Fit: There are better prospects on my board right now: Konz, Brockers, Poe, and Kirkpatrick are all still available. However, getting a safety with elite potential is hard to do and the depth at other positions makes this the smart choice. Sensabaugh can play both safety positions and is more comfortable playing free safety. This move makes sense for the Cowboys who need to continue to improve a secondary that’s been consistently burned. In addition, guys like Poe and Brockers are hard to figure because of their ability. Brockers isn’t sure where he plays and Poe isn’t elite to me on film. Barron is a solid pick here.
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