Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman John Jenkins (6) reacts after a sack against Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) during the second quarter in the 2012 SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: The Dallas Cowboys Select…

The latest FanSided 2013 NFL Mock Draft of the year has been released.

The folks over at will be releasing weekly mock drafts right up until the big day in April. While it may seem a little early for mocks, what’s next is always on the mind of die-hard Dallas Cowboy fans.

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 18th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select:

John Jenkins – DT/Georgia

Rob Ryan loves his defense and he loves drafting potential defensive stars. Like Ryan, Jenkins is huge, he’s mean and he’s really good at what he does for a living. He’s almost impossible to block one-on-one and when he draws double teams and is rendered ineffective, he opens lanes for linebackers to fill in and stuff the run or rush the passer. Another option here could be Chance Warmack or even Jesse Williams, but Jenkins is going to see his stock rise significantly as the draft nears.

This is a duplicate pick from an earlier version of FanSided’s mock draft. Therefore, here is the previous versions breakdown of Jenkins:

Recent events have made the Cowboys’ defensive tackle position a possible top priority in next year’s NFL Draft or NFL Free Agency. All Pro defensive tackle Jay Ratliff signed a seven-year, $48.625 million contract with Dallas last year. But the cap-stricken Cowboys could save a million dollars by cutting the 31 year old veteran this off-season. And if reports about his feud with owner and general manager Jerry Jones are true, Ratliff could be well on his way out the door.

Ratliff’s back-up, Josh Brent, was involved in a tragic car accident earlier this month that took the life of fellow teammate and Dallas practice squad member Jerry Brown Jr. Brent was charged with  intoxicated manslaughter and is currently out on bail. Brent’s future with the Cowboys appears all but over as he is facing up to twenty years in prison, if convicted. That leaves Dallas with Sean Lissemore, Robert Callaway, and Ben Bass to fill the position.

Now, on the pick.

The 6’3, 358lb Jenkins was a JUCO transfer to Georgia University that was recently selected to the All-SEC second team as both the coaches and media selection. He was also listed on ESPN analyst Todd McShay’s Top Five Prospects in College Football earlier this season. Jenkin’s recorded 50 tackles, 15 quarterback pressures and one fumble recovery during his senior season. But a more telling fact about his potential could be that Jenkins is the fourth defensive tackle taken in the projected first round of FanSided’s Mock NFL Draft.

FanSided NFL Spin Zone’s own Josh Sanchez has the following to say about the Georgia nose tackle: “Jenkins is a force in the interior line and always makes his pressure felt. As an added bonus with Jenkins, you can’t teach size.”

So this week, the pick is once again Jenkins. What do you guys think?

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