Draft Day Manifesto: A Guide To My Plan For The Dallas Cowboys 2012 NFL Draft

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We’re days from the draft and we’re all more curious than ever.  It seems like every minute we find ourselves thinking “Who will the Cowboys select?”  While I don’t have a crystal ball or any other way to foresee the future, I do have the power of research to try and help break down our draft philosophy.  Jason Garret has been adamant about drafting with the BPA philosophy, however, there are still needs that this team needs filled.   Ill be merging philosophy’s to provide you guys the best guide to this years draft.

(Note: These projections are based upon my mock draft and could be easily ruined early on)

Round 1:


Nov 19, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Georgia Southern Eagles player Nico Hickey (20) is picked up and tackled by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Mark Barron (4) at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

The Prospects:

Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.

David Decastro, OG, Stanford

Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Michael Brockers, DL, LSU

Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

The Analysis:

Luke Kuechly:  Luke Kuechly is a prospect here under the BPA philosophy.  Kuechly is a legitmate NFL starter out of the gates.  In his college career he’s been consistent and his ability hasn’t faltered.  He is a solid tackler who does a good job identifying offenses and making the play.  With Dan Connor and Bruce Carter emerging as ILB #2 Kuechly would be an upgrade over both and would solidify a long term MLB tandem with Sean Lee.

Fletcher Cox: Cox is a prospect I like more than most.  He has all you look for in a defensive lineman and is no slouch rushing the passer.  He would fit in excellent on the interior line, which would allow Ratliff to move to an end position.

David DeCastro: A lot has been mentioned of DeCastro to Dallas.  One of the best guard prospects in the last 10 years, Decastro would be a good fit for the future of Dallas’ O-line.  He is strong, fast, and plays with a good center of gravity.  DeCastro is excellent at getting to the next level, which would maximize his effectiveness in the running game.

Courtney Upshaw: A solid pass rushing hybrid player.  Has to improve overall play but definitely fills the pass rushing need in Dallas.

Mark Barron: Mark Barron is the top safety prospect in a landslide.  He doesn’t do anything exceptionally great but does everything well.  Barron is versatile enough to play both in coverage and in the run game.  Barron would fill a void missing since Woodson.

Michael Brockers: Still trying to understand where Brockers will play but really projects out as an end.  He still has a good amount of untapped potential and he could be maximized in Dallas.  The Cowboys have a need on the line for sure.

Stephon Gilmore: A speedy CB who has been flying up draft boards.  Gilmore is a little deficient in coverage skills but he makes up for it with his speed and ability to recover.  The Cowboys signed Carr but Jenkins is in his last year and Scandrick is strictly a slot corner.   There is room for a playmaking cornerback on this roster and Gilmore would be a solid grab.

Dontari Poe: Not a fan of Poe despite his impressive combine.  On film Poe just doesn’t show up and the Cowboys need to get a player in this draft that they can count on immediately.

The Pick:

With the 14th overall pick in the NFL draft the Cowboys Select… Mark Barron, S, Alabama.

The pick here is pretty simple.  Kuechly will likely be gone by this point and Barron offers an elite player in a position that has few.  DL, LB, and CB are all positions with significant depth leaving Barron the most valuable pick.  The Cowboys will be happy to have Barron who could emerge as one of the franchises best safeties.

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