FINAL DRAFT ANALYSIS:
The idea here was to acquire several guys who can give a serious boost to the 2012 team and take the Cowboys to the next level, not just fill holes or settle on projects. It’s almost impossible to do so with all 8 picks, yet there are at least 5 guys in this mock draft that have true potential to contribute next season.
- Tier 1
Mark Barron will bring serious clout and bite to the secondary for years to come. Bruce Irvin will immediately supply a much needed fierce pass rush from Spencer’s OLB spot in known passing situations. Ryan Broyles would be able to surpass Kevin Ogletree from day one at the concerning 3rd WR spot, and may be a serious hidden gem in this draft out of the slot. And Kheeston Randall is definitely flying under the radar with his ability to plug the middle of the defense and at the very least would allow Ratliff to spend some time outside at end.
- Tier 2
Both Coryell Judie and Cliff Harris have concerns to overcome, yet both have considerable ability to occupy the open 4th and 5th CB spots and instantly upgrade in talent over Alan Ball and Frank Walker. Philip Blake will be able to solidly compete with Phil Costa for the questionable center spot and possibly even assume the starting position if given the chance.
- Tier 3
Kellen Moore is an upgrade over Stephen McGee and has serious upside with his natural instincts at QB. He’s definitely worth putting in the time to develop and possibly becoming the next backup QB down the line at the least.
Unfortunately the open backup tight end position was a casualty of low player value. There is a glaring need at the position, yet the value in the early rounds offered by the available TEs was much less than the immediate impact received from the players selected. In the later rounds I didn’t feel there was enough value to warrant a selection as well. Jason Witten and John Phillips will be able to hold down the receiving end of the position. Signing a hefty, blocking tight end as a UFA to use solely in goal-line and short-yardage situations is a must.
This mock draft is loaded with dangerous return men. Broyles, Judie, and Harris were all three stud returners at some point in their college careers. I’d also pursue Fozzy Whitaker (RB) Texas as an UFA to utilize as a 3rd down RB and another very dangerous kick returner. He rushed for 1,233 career yards, 4.7 yard average, and 12 TDs. More importantly he had 73 receptions for 464 yards and a TD, and also was very dangerous leading the wildcat his senior season. But most impressive, before injury ended his final season, Fozzy had 10 kickoff returns for 424 yards (42.4 avg. led NCAA), and two 100-yard touchdowns returns. Would be a thrifty addition with potential to add huge special teams rewards.