2012 Cowboys Draft: Mocking The Dallas Picks, Austin Style

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  • ROUND 4 – PICK 40 (135 – COMPENSATORY)


Jan 7, 2010; Pasadena, CA, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive tackle (91) Kheeston Randall during the 2010 BCS national championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Rose Bowl. Alabama defeated Texas 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE


Rankings:  CBS Sports – RD 3-4  ,  NFL.com – RD 6  ,  Pro Football Weekly – RD 6-7

Randall plays far beyond his 6’4, 293 build.  He’s a very strong player with great leverage and burst.  Excellent run defender that rarely is moved off the line by one or even two blockers.  In many years watching Kheeston play, I’ve yet to see him not hold the line against any opponent.  It was well-known in Longhorn circles that Randall was the last guy to be concerned about.  After watching both Casey Hampton and Shaun Rodgers play DT at Texas, Randall is very close to the same production level as both these players if not a hair below.  Played often in 3-4 fronts in college and his size is not nearly as much of a liability in a 3-4 front on the next level as some may predict.  Is very sound in short-yardage, power run defending.  He will be a starter in the NFL for someone.  The main knock on him is lack of pass rush numbers (5 career sacks).  However, beyond the numbers, the Texas defense rarely asks his position to rush the passer and often holds them at the line.  To illustrate his exceptional quickness and burst when turned loose to penetrate gaps and pressure, Randall had 21.5 tackles for loss in 35 starts.

NOTES:  A better illustration of Randall’s strong DT production in the 3-4 is seen when compared to the much bigger (6’4, 346) projected first-round selection, Dontari Poe of Memphis.  In a far inferior conference, Poe had just over a half tackle more per game.  However, Poe and Randall logged the same number of starts in 3 years, identical amount of TFL, and exact same sack total.

Dontari Poe (Memphis)         – 35 starts (35 games), 101 tackles, 21.5 TFL, 5 sacks

Kheeston Randall (Texas)     – 35 starts (39 games),  82 tackles, 21.5 TFL, 5 sacks

As for the combine, Poe slightly beat Randall in the 40-yard dash (4.98 to 5.00).  Soundly beat him in bench press (44 to 28).  And took the shuttle (4.56 to 4.84).  Randall topped Poe in the vertical jump (34” to 29.5”).  And also bested Poe in the cone drill (7.49 to 7.90).


  • ROUND 5 – PICK 17 (152)


Mar 7, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A


Rankings:  CBS Sports – RD 5  ,  NFL.com – RD 6  ,  Pro Football Weekly – RD 5-6

Hamstring injury plagued his final season (missed 5 games) in Judie’s two-year career at Texas A&M, but said to be healthiest now in years.  Has decent size at 6’0, 194 and very well built frame.  Plays well in both press and zone coverage.  Has good awareness and quick feet.  Fluid backpedal, aggressive attacking WR from snap, and flashes spectacular ball skills.  Willing tackler and high-effort leader.   JUCO All-American in 2008 at CB, also averaged 26.8 yards in kick return.  Had 4 INTs and 9 PBU in 20 games at Texas A&M.  Ranked 5th nationally in kick returns in 2010.  Returned 20 kickoffs for 605 yards (30.25 yards per return) and two TDs.

NOTES:  Judie was considered by some as a lockdown corner in his final season at A&M before hamstring injuries began to take their toll.   Displaying his low time of 4.38 40-yards at the combine, Judie says he’s fully healed.


  • ROUND 6 – PICK 16 (186)


Dec 22, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Boise State Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore (11) hoists the championship trophy as coach Chris Petersen watches after the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sam Boyd Stadium. Boise State defeated Arizona State 56-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE


Rankings:  CBS Sports – RD 6-7  ,  NFL.com – RD 6-7  ,  Pro Football Weekly – RD 5-6

The knock on Moore is his size (6’0, 197), borderline arm strength, and decreased mobility to elude the rush.  The positive intangibles for Moore are on the opposite end of that spectrum.  Moore is a highly instinctual leader with great vision, anticipation, and ability to read the defense and make the right throw consistently.  Started every game in college and has the most QB wins (50) in college football history.  69.7% career completion percentage, 14,683 yards, 142 TDs, 28 INTs.  Completed 48 of 50 passes at Boise State Pro Day and showed enough zip that he can compete in the NFL.

NOTES:  Moore wasn’t purely a system QB who played predominantly from the shotgun formation like most QBs with gaudy college stats.  Has experience taking snaps under center as well.  I’ll take the winningest QB in college football history all day long over a player who lost his starting job (Stephen McGee) in college.  Moore has limitations, yet also has amazing intangibles to get the job done and lead his team to victory.


  • ROUND 7 – PICK 15 (222)


Sept. 25, 2010; Tempe, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks cornerback (13) Cliff Harris against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE


Rankings:  CBS Sports – UFA  ,  NFL.com – UFA  ,  Pro Football Weekly – RD 6-7

Harris no doubt is a real concern in the character department.  Had numerous legal problems with speeding, rumored marijuana issues, and also was booted from the Oregon team for breaking team rules.  But in the 7th round I’m extending to find a guy with true potential to contribute in year one.  If Harris can mature past his problems in college, he’s certainly the type of player with the skills to assume the open 4th or 5th CB spot in his rookie year and be an instant talent upgrade there.  Has a small frame at 5’11, 175 and marginal sprinting speed with a 4.64 40-yards.  But known to have a second gear on game day when ball is in the air.  Very instinctual player with excellent movement and ball skills.  Seems to be the true definition of a gamer.

In 27 games at Oregon, he recorded 61 tackles, 30 PBU, and 8 INTs.  In 2010, the year Oregon played in the BCS Championship (and his only full season), Harris was exceptional and considered one of the most dangerous CBs and kick returners in the nation.  Led the NCAA with 23 passes defended and 18 PBU.  Second in the country in punt returns with 18.8 average and 4 touchdowns.  Led Pac-10 in INTs with 6.

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