Austin On Dallas: Cowboys' 2013 Mock Draft, Version 1.0

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6”4, 265 – DEFENSIVE END


- #1 JUCO player in the nation in 2010 (26 sacks in 2 seasons)

- Junior back-up to #1 DE draft prospect Bjoern Werner and recorded more tackles (38 to 37)

- Back-up DE as Junior recorded 38 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks

- Started as Senior producing 80 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks…1st Team All-ACC

Total package…intense pass rusher with speed, strength, and moves.  Also has the build and power to play the run very effectively.  On film this kid is a beast, a complete player and future NFL star once healthy.


Had a first round grade before tearing his ACL on Nov.24 against Florida.  This is where Cowboys fans will moan and groan, but once healthy he will be every bit as good as Sean Lee or Bruce Carter, if not better.

Expected return is between August and October depending on rehab response.  As a defensive end, once he returns he should be able to get right in the mix as the learning curve is much smaller at that position.

Tyrone Crawford has the ability to man the end position until his return.  I assure you, the talent and skills this kid brings will repay the Cowboys 100 times over for being patient.

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  • tyler

    I like where you are going with this, but I might’ve picked a few different players. But I like what your draft is geared towards. I also don’t like not having a third round pick, there are two guys I think we could get that would be a huge impact in the 3rd:

    1) Alvin Bailey OG Arkansas
    2) Jelani Jenkins OLB Flordia

    I’m also no longer a fan of Barrett Jones, I think he’s a little soft and benefited from playing with such a good line. at 1.31 in no particular order I’d rather take

    1) Kawaan Short DT Purdue
    2) DJ Fluker OT Bama
    3) Dallas Thomas OG/OT Tennesse

  • ctcowboy1968

    I am not a fan of trading back. We have plenty of ok players. We need more dominant players. We must get top flight players that can start or contribute right now.
    Your approach is seeking quantity. I would rather have quality. Remember the 2009 draft? 12 picks and not a single starter… ever. This is still screwing us to this day. Boys aren’t good at drafting. We need sure things. Don’t try to out wit the league with small school players. JJ tries this way to much. And loses most of the time.
    1. Take Sheldon Richardson at 18. No to Vaccaro. No safety in the 1st rd. DL or OL.
    2. Warford – YES!
    3. Carradine – no more red shirt years. We need help now. This really depends on what happens with Spencer. And this kid is to small.
    4. Bell sounds great. But I think we should be going after Chris Ivory of the Saints. Then use this spot for OL or DL.
    5. Safety spot – Have we given up on Church and Johnson already?
    6. Kaufman – NO more small school players. The one position that we don’t need to draft for is WR. Possession WR? That’s Miles and Beasley’s job. And we haven’t even seen Coale yet.

  • Kurumba

    The Draft is simple. If there are 6 Picks then Dallas takes 4 Linemen in Total – OT, Guard/Centre, DE, DT. Then add a Safety and a Running back to replace Jones. In order I would put this froward: Rd 1 OT/Guard Rd 2 DE Rd 3 OT/Guard or Centre Rd 4 DT Rd 5 Safety Rd 6 RB. Just select the best available at time of the Draft process in these positions. Its a NO BRAINER!!!

  • californy

    First of all Brad great article It look like you put some though into this one. I have always been a fan of the trade down I too dont buy the first rd hype. I like a lot of your players here. I too have notice your WR from E Washinton, but I was hoping to get him as unfa. I like your RB also but I had my eye on unfa DJ Spencer from Boise and Stephon Jefferson from Reno Nevada.. I like your DE in the sec also but I think it to high to get him at this spot. The ACL injury most likely will red shirt him this year. I had my eye on another Safety in the third rd, The Safety from Fresno State, but at least you know the safeties are an issue here in Dallas. Rather than take the TE late I believe we can get one of the top Center left in this draft or even a OG like Travis Bond here. I was hoping to pick up a 7th rd Pick and address the QB position with Collin Klein 6-5 QB with 39 td to 15 interception in the last two years of college along with his 2000 yards rushing and 50 TD. He a project at best but I think with the right coach can become something special

  • californy

    There an possible UNFA CB Gregg Reid who may or may not be in this draft, he from Florida state, he is part of the nation best trio ast CB in college ball. Reid had numerous off the field incident, the program released him at the end of the year. I was looking at picking him up as UNFA but I would also take him in the 7th should we get for Picks by trading down. We just dont have enough picks and too many need. He a good special team player also, can help us in that department. Dustin Harris Texas A & M is another CB I was looking to get as UNFA