T-Minus 1 Day and counting. The largest event of the NFL Off-season is right around the corner, and you have the best pre-draft coverage at The Landry Hat. Here is my Official 4 round mock draft: (anything after 4 is extremely hard to gauge)
1st Round (Pick 14):
Mark Barron, S, Alabama: It’s been a long time since the Cowboys had a deadly safety prowling, and Mark Barron is just the Right Kind of Guy to fit the mold. His hard nose play and unrivaled leadership for the NCAA leading Crimson Tide defense will allow Barron to step right in and start kicking butt and taking names. Rob Ryan did an excellent job last year in improving defense less intimidating than a wet paper bag. Having a talent like Barron brings a little bit more swagger to a defense that lacked swag down the stretch. Barron brings the capability to cover tight ends which has become increasingly important with how offenses utilize them. This season alone, the Cowboys will face Fred Davis (twice), Jimmy Graham, Jermaine Gresham, Tony Gonzalez, and Kellen Winslow. All are important components of each team’s offense and if Barron can help shut them down, the Cowboys chances of winning jump through the roof.
Alt Pick: If Barron is off the board, look for the Cowboys to draft another Crimson Tide defense in either Dre Kirkpatrick, or Courtney Upshaw.
Round 2 (45th Overall):
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: Andrew Luck’s favorite target at Stanford, Fleener alleviates two problems that the Cowboys have. (1) Cowboys need for additional depth at TE, and (2) The need for a third Wide Receiver. Fleener’s draft stock hasn’t fallen, but others around them have had their stock soar. Imagine an offense loaded as such: Austin, Bryant, Witten, Fleener. Who needs a 3rd WR when Fleener can lineup on the outside? At 6’6″, 250lbs with a 4.4 40 yd dash time, if Andrew Holmes, Dwayne Harris, or Raymond Radaway don’t develop into the legitimate 3rd WR, then who cares when you have Fleener? The Marty B experiment has failed; now it is time to let it succeed. Bennett was a better blocker than Fleener, but after one or two off seasons with Mike Woicek we won’t be missing good ole’ Marty B.
Alt Pick: Devon Still