Landry Hat Mock Draft 2.0 - Cowboys Lock up DT

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The Dallas Cowboys have many needs entering April’s Draft. As we enter the NFL Combine a week from today, sitting at 18 leaves the Cowboys in a situation with big decisions. They need both sides offense and defensive line. This Draft is top heavy in offensive lineman, and deep at DT. If teams stay put and are forced to Draft where they are, the tackles will go quick. If things play out the way I believe they will, the defensive tackles will go fast.

Nov, 26, 2011; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Anthony Boone (7) is pressured by North Carolina Tar Heels defensive tackle Sylvester Williams (92) on fourth down in the fourth quarter. The Tar Heels defeated the Blue Devils 37-21at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NOTE: This is a Mock Draft so trades are not projected because it is too hard to predict what teams are willing to give up to get a prospect, or what a team is willing to accept to move out of their initial spot.

NOTE: Since the Combine has not been completed my Mock Draft consists of my own personal feelings as if drafting for each team, so they are not a prediction of how teams will actually draft.

1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M
The Chiefs are in dire need of a quarterback, but there just is not a quarterback available to draft with the first overall pick. When in need of a quarterback the next best thing is to get a Left Tackle to protect the blindside for years to come. Joeckel is the best lineman in the Draft and he has the footwork and power to translate to the NFL.

Other Possibilities: Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia, Star Lotuelei – DT – Utah, Jarvis Jones – LB – Georgia

 2Jacksonville Jaguars – Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
The Jaguars are in need of so many things it is ridiculous to even think about what they will do with the second pick. If you think back to the days of Mark Brunell and the glory of the Jaguars, you will notice one thing stands out. Defensive line play. They need a strong defensive line and that starts in the middle. Lotulelei has been compared to Ndamakong Suh when he came out of Nebraska, so if he reaches that kind of potential he could be a good piece to build around in Jacksonville.

Other Possibilities: Jarvis Jones – OLB – Georgia, Chance Warmack – G – Alabama, Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan

3. Oakland Raiders – Jarvis Jones – OLB - Georgia 

Jarvis Jones has been number one on the board for most of the college season. He is a freakish athlete that can play all three linebacker positions. He can play straight outside line backer, he can slide inside and play in the middle, and he can also put his hand in the ground and rush the passer. His versatility makes him a huge option for the Raiders. Oakland got rid of their first round pick from two years ago, Rolando McClain late in the 2012 season, so they have a huge opening at the LB position.

Other Possibilities: Damontre Moore – DE – Texas A&M, Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama, Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State

4. Philadelphia Eagles – Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan (Previous – Damontre  Moore)

The Eagles have decided to keep Michael Vick for another year. That means they need to beef up the offensive line. Eric Fisher is a true mauler. he has extraordinary feet for a tackle being a converted tight end. Fisher would fit Chip Kelly’s blocking scheme perfectly because of his ability to get up field and still be able to handle a power rusher from the outside.

Other possibilities: Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama, Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State, Manti Te’o – LB – Notre Dame

5. Detroit Lions – Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama
The Lions defensive backs are a mess. They need serious help at both cornerback and safety. Notre Dame provided the blue print for Milliner to rise up the draft board in the championship game. Every time Notre Dame tried to test Milliner he passed with flying colors. Milliner is the best shut down corner in the draft.

Other Possibilities: Damontre Moore – DE – Texas A&M, Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State, Chance Warmack – G – Alabama

6.  Cleveland Browns – Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
Cleveland is one of the youngest teams in the league and they were a team that got better as the year went on. They lost many close games, but had many chances to beat the teams on their schedule. They need a major overhaul of the defensive line, they have a former first round pick in Joe Haden in their secondary and D’Qwell Jackson is a stud at middle linebacker. Now is a time to get a significant pass rusher to go along with the other two stud defensive players. Werner is a foreign born player so he is raw with skills, but full of abilities. The Browns can mold him into whatever they need based on the philosophy of their head coach. He can be a rush end in a 4-3 or be a stand up OLB in a 3-4 style defense.

Other Possibilities: Damontre Moore – DE – Texas A&M, Chance Warmack – G – Alabama, Barkevious Mingo – DE – LSU

7. Arizona Cardinals – Chance Warmack – G – Alabama
The Cardinals have a major need at QB, but just like the Chiefs there is not a reason to take a quarterback this high in this draft class. That being said, the best thing is to get an offensive line to protect whoever is taking snaps next season. Warmack is the best lineman from the best offensive line not only this season but in the history of college football. He is a large body and moves very well for his massive size. He is the perfect guy to build the new Cardinals offensive line around and will be a foundation for the offense for years to come.

Other Possibilities: Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia, Lane Johnson – OT – Oklahoma, Damontre Moore – DE – Texas A&M

8.  Buffalo Bills – Manti T’eo, Linebacker, Notre Dame
The Bills are another team stuck with the conundrum of drafting a need at quarterback, even though there is not one worthy of this high pick. The Bills are in need of a leader on defense and there is no better leader in the entire draft than that of Manti Te’o. He fits a need for the Bills at Linebacker and gives them the leader they so desperately need. Sad to know that a rookie can come in and be the best leader on the team, but that’s the state of affairs in Buffalo.

Other Possibilities: Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia, Keenan Allen – WR – California, Damontre Moore – DE – Texas A&M

9. New York Jets – Damontre Moore – DE – Texas A&M (Previous: Kenny Vaccaro – S – Texas)
The Jets are in a state of disarray in the front office. They need to figure out a consensus direction. They have too much money tied up in Mark Sanchez to move him at this juncture. They need to cut bait, and one of the ways they can cut salary is to get rid of OLB Calvin Pace. Moore fits the Jets prefectly, coming from Texas A&M where he played the same position as Von Miller, and we have seen how well he has progressed to the pass rusher in a 3-4 defense in Denver. The Jets need that kind of pass rusher to help their defense.

Other Possibilities: Barkevious Mingo – DE/OLB – LSU, Lane Johnson – OT – Oklahoma, Alec Ogletree – LB – Georgia

10.  Tennessee Titans – Alec Ogletree – LB – Georgia (Previous: Barkevious Mingo – DE – LSU)
The Titans have a lot of speed on defense, but they need a player that can tackle and play coverage from the linebacker position. Ogletree is a tall linebacker that is used to dropping in coverage when he played at Georgia.

Other Possibilities: Sheldon Richardson – OT – Missouri , Desmond Trufant – CB – Washington, Keenan Allen – WR – California

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  • ‘mericas_team2013

    Im confused that you say the draft is top heavy with oline but deep in the dline/DT area, so why would Dallas take a DT immediately if there is more depth at the position and you would have a better shot to get an elite oline in the first and still have a very good shot at a DT in the second round. I know its just a mock draft, but too me if oline is top heavy why not take an elite oline prospect first?

    • Dietz

      The reason is because the top 3 tackles and the top 2 guards are the only guys worthy of a first round grade… so if they are off the board as my mock draft assumes they will, and the run of defensive tackles means the Cowboys will have to pick a DT based on the depth at the position… There are similar offensive lineman available in round 2 and 3, so reaching for an offensive lineman if all the top guys are gone is basically a wasted pick in round 1 because you can get similar style players later on.

  • crummir

    I say offensive Line is a must!!!!!!! The best two offensive linemen in
    rounds one and two will keep Romo upright and also give us a rushing
    attack that we did not have. How about in the 4th quarter we salt away
    games by running the ball down the opponents throat!!!!!!!!!! Sounds
    like a dominant team I use to watch in the 90′s. HUMMMMMM

    • Dietz

      Offensive Line is a big deal, but the aount of talent in this year’s draft is mostly top heavy… If Joeckel, Fisher, Warmack and Johnson are gone by the time the Cowboys pick, taking an offensive lineman in round 1 will be a reach pick, and a gamble on an offensive lineman can backfire and be costly for years to come

      • Michael Valentino

        Some people prior to the Combine, and now even more post-Combine, would not consider Cooper a reach at 18. The Cowboys need an OG and OT. Fluker will likely be off the board by the time Dallas drafts again, and he would be reaching at 18 (but still an improvement over Free, who absolutely must go). I agree the Cowboys need a DT badly, but given the choice between Cooper (assuming Warmack goes much earlier than DeCastro went a year ago) and the best DTs left on the board, I’d go with Cooper. The Cowboys are not good enough to win the SB next year if a John Hannah clone landed in their lap, but at some point, the real O-line restoration needs to take place (not the faux rebuild of 2012 which saw JJ spend $30MM on marginal talent). I’d prefer to go O-line with two of the top three picks this year and go D-line next year. A good DL can make an impact right away but it takes time for an OL to mesh well together. Fix the OL this year and the interior of the DL in 2014.


    I’m TIRED n BEEN TIRED of the “DEAD WEIGHT” on the Defensive Line ala Marcus Spears, Etc…!!! The Cowboys NEED “Pass Rushing” Defensive Linemen – NOT those “Space Eaters for the LBs to make Plays”…those Types are More for the “3-4″ – with the LBs on the Line & Blitzing!!! It is a Different Philosophy in the LBs – as well as, the Defensive Linemen. Jay Ratliff is going to be the Run Stopper and also provide Pressure against the Pass…He Needs a “Pass Rushing” Presence next to him. And, the Cowboys NEED Pressure applied from the “End” Positions, as well. Dallas SHOULD pick up “Dwight Freeney”, also. DRAFT a “DT” in the First Round…an “OG” in the Second Round…a “DE” or “C” in the Third Round – if not, a “QB” – such as: “Landry Jones”; and, a “DE” & “C” in the 4th & 5th Rounds, respectively. SIGN “LeRon Landry” @ SAFETY – which they SHOULD HAVE Last Offseason!! And – IF they can, “Charles Woodson” to be the Free Safety…DRAFT a TOP FLIGHT “S” in Next Year’s Draft – Hopefully, FIND a “DARREN WOODSON”.

    • Dietz

      The Cap restraints will make getting Freeney tough, but if they can pull that off that would be huge… the problem with the cowboys roster right now is that switching to the 4-3 and half their DT are behind bars… that makes the need for DT a big deal… If you look at how Kiffin built the defense in Tampa Bay it all started with a stud DT… and with Ware moving to DE they have a pass rusher off the edge so they need guys in the middle to stuff the run…