The first FanSided 2013 NFL Mock Draft of the year has been released.
The folks over at FanSided.com will be releasing weekly mock drafts right up until the big day in April. While it may seem a little early for mocks, for fans of teams like the Cowboys that are one game away from being ousted from the playoffs, it is really all we have.
The draft boards are sure to change a lot over the coming weeks so it will be fun to track all the players the Cowboys take in these mocks.
Let’s get to it.
With the 17th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select:
Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama
Every year it seems that we talk about the Cowboys needing to add talent along the offensive line and this year they have an opportunity to take one of the top offensive guard prospects to come around since Steve Hutchinson. If Warmack were a tackle, he would garner consideration with the first-overall pick. Since he is a guard, he will fall in the draft a la David Castro last season, despite being a top ten talent. This would be a home run pick for Dallas.
I agree the Cowboys have needs on the offensive line, but I’m not sure they are so ready to give up on their two free agent signings from earlier this year in Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau. A more pressing need could be Right Tackle as the departure of the over-priced and under-performing Doug Free should be just over the horizon.
Now, on the pick.
Warmack is a 6’3, 329 lb interior Guard that ESPN ranks as the third best and SCOUTS INC. ranks as the fourth best player in the entire 2013 Draft class. He’s one of, if not , the top offensive lineman in all of college football. Getting a lineman of his caliber at #17 would be a steal.
Although offensive line is not a sexy pick, I think most Cowboy fans would be satisfied to land him. The Cowboys Front Office should also combine this pick with a couple strong veteran lineman pick-ups in free agency to sure up the young o-line.
Obviously, what Dallas decides to with their own free agents will effect their draft decisions tremendously. Linebacker Anthony Spencer, running back Felix Jones and corner Mike Jenkins will all be free agents after this season. 32 year old Quarterback Tony Romo will also be in the final year of his contract. Who the Cowboys decide to re-sign, and who they let go may be the biggest deciding factor concerning who they draft in the first round next year.
So right now the pick is Warmack. What do you guys think?
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