Apr 28, 2011; New York, NY, USA; ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr analyst Jon Gruden and host Chris Berman (L to R) during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Mock Draft: McShay Says Cowboys Select…

Hold on to your Cowboy hats, Dallas Cowboys fans! It’s another mock draft! This time, by the “ying” to Mel Kiper’s “yang”, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. His latest mock draft was released on Thursday. Let’s find out who McShay thinks the Cowboys will select in the first round.

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

September 22, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (34) gets instruction from the sidelines in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Here’s what our experts have to say about Richardson:

Staff writer Chris Dietz believes the Pittsburgh Steelers will steal Richardson just before the Cowboys pick at #17:

The Steelers are always looking for versatile linemen. They need to cut a lot of cap room to get below the salary cap number so guys like Brett Kiesel and Casey Hampton may be on their way out. Richardson will be a guy that can play both a 3 technique in nickle situations and a nose tackle in the base defense. He will have to bulk up to take on double teams at the NFL level and suck up blocks for the linebackers in Pittsburgh.

Staff writer Reid Hanson thinks Richardson is the perfect pick for the Cowboys:

As Dallas shifts to Kiffin’s Tampa 2 defense, Richardson fits Warren Sapp’s 3-technique undertackle position perfectly. Sylvester Williams could also be a possibility here if he performs well at the combine and if Richardson is gone. 

Josh Hill, editor of FanSided.com thinks Richardson will fall to Dallas as well:

When it comes to Richardson, scouts are absolutely high on him and he’s got a lot of evidence to back up all the hype. He’s got a lighting fast first step and can penetrate backfields like some of the top defensive tackles in the NFL. He’s fluctuating in value right now, but all signs are pointing to Richardson seeing his value take a jump as we get closer to the draft. The Cowboys need to beef up their front line and Richardson will be something running backs don’t want to deal with on Sunday’s.

But what do you think of McShay’s pick of Richardson for the Cowboys? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • californy

    Here is a position-by-position look at the number of Pro Bowl players from the first round of the last 10 drafts.
    Quarterbacks: 9 of 30 = 30.0 percent
    Running Backs: 8 of 27 = 29.6 percent
    Wide Receivers: 10 of 37 = 27.0 percent
    Tight Ends: 7 of 13 = 53.8 percent
    Offensive Tackles: 8 of 37 = 21.6 percent
    Centers: 3 of 7 = 42.8 percent
    Guards: 3 of 7 = 42.8 percent
    Defensive Ends: 7 of 41 = 17.0 percent
    Defensive Tackles: 8 of 33 = 24.2 percent
    Linebackers: 13 of 32 = 40.6 percent
    Cornerbacks: 13 of 39 = 33.3 percent
    Safeties: 9 of 16 = 56.2 percent
    Here are first-round picks from the last 10 years who made more than one Pro Bowl appearance:
    Quarterbacks: 6 of 30 = 20 percent
    Running Backs: 4 of 27 = 14.8 percent
    Wide Receivers: 4 of 37 = 10.8 percent
    Tight Ends: 1 of 13 = 7.6 percent
    Offensive Tackles: 5 of 37 = 13.5 percent
    Centers: 2 of 7 = 28.5 percent
    Guards: 3 of 7 = 42.8 percent
    Defensive Ends: 4 of 41 = 9.7 percent
    Defensive Tackles: 6 of 33 = 18.1 percent
    Linebackers: 8 of 32 = 25.0 percent
    Cornerbacks: 6 of 39 = 15.3 percent
    Safeties: 6 of 16 = 37.5 percent
    The first RD is over rated, I would trade down to the later part of this round or even the 33rd pick of rd number 2, the real value is in rd 2-5.. If we drop to 33, we gain the 68 spot in this draft and 131, 132 pick in rd number 5. That 4 picks for 1 spot. We have 18 plus spots top fill and only 6 draft picks. We could always trade a 6th rd pick for a player like Chris Ivrory RB from NO or Stephon Jefferson RB from Nevada Reno. DJ Moore RB Boissie State may be available as a UFA RB, or even Collin KIlien QB from Kansas State as UDFA.

    • http://twitter.com/OldFrog75 Old Frog

      Nice analysis. Interesting that the Pro Bowl success percentage for Guards is so high and JJ is so reluctant to go that direction. When I look at the value chart all the teams use for evaluating draft picks, it appears to me that anything after the 64th pick is considered a crap-shoot by most teams and my sense is to go the other way – trade the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th to move higher up in the 1st round and secure a second, second round pick. Take the two best O-lineman and 1 best DT available. Time to focus on quality not quantity.

      • Devyn Leslie

        there aren’t usually that many elite guard prospects for JJ to draft. There’s a reason only 7 have been drafted in the 1st rd in 10 years. And his statistic is somewhat misleading. If only 7 have been 1st rd picks (2 were rookies last year), that’s pretty much only 7 guys to compete for 4 pro bowl spots. Compare that to the 30 qbs drafted and only 6 pro bowl spots available. That means if only 1st rd picks went to the pro bowl, QB would still only have a 20% success rate while OG would have over 55%.

  • I agree

    If Dick Labeau & the Steelers want Richardson we need to leap frog them because if Pitt knows anything its Defense!

  • hannje

    900 pounds in the first 3 rounds. Richardson would be a good start,

  • californy

    actually if you want to increase your chances for a pro bowl player you need to trade down to the 3rd rd, not the first.