October 13, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linesman Cyrus Kouandjio (71) and offensive linesman D.J. Fluker (76) and offensive linesman Chance Warmack (65) talk during the first half at Faurot Field. Alabama won 42-10. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Snag a Gem in Latest Zoneblitz Mock Draft

In what has become an annual tradition, bloggers from all across the internet have banded together to create the ultimate first round NFL mock draft for Zoneblitz.com. And as the editor of The Landry Hat, I once again had the honor of choosing for the Dallas Cowboys at #18. In this version of the draft, two big names fell into the Cowboys’ lap for possible selection. Here’s my selection:

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

D.J. Fluker, Offensive tackle – Alabama

Explanation of pick:

It is no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have problems along their offensive line. And if Fluker somehow falls this far down in the draft, the Cowboys will go a long way in solving those issues by selecting him. If this pick is made then expect to see Doug Free, the most penalized offensive lineman in the league last season, on the waiver wire after June 1st. This move will save Dallas $7 million of precious salary cap money and open up more possibilities in free agency. Fluker along with Tyron Smith would then become the bookends of a young, strong offensive line that will help protect the $108 million dollar man, quarterback Tony Romo.

Oct 27, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Ezekiel Ansah (right) prepares to sack Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington (13) during the first quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

The other big name that was available was Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU.

Ansah is a name that hasn’t even been mentioned around Valley Ranch as a possibility. Similar to Morris Claiborne last year, Ansah isn’t expected to fall anywhere close to #18. But with all the other Cowboy prospects off the board at this point, other than Fluker, and the recent defensive switch to the 4-3 creating needs along the defensive line, Ansah would be really appetizing for the Boys’. And if the hype is true, Ansah could become the new Jason Pierre-Paul. And pass rusher is the one position you can never have too many of.

To see the entire mock draft article, hit the link to visit our friends at Zoneblitz.com: http://www.zoneblitz.com/2013/04/15/zoneblitz-team-blogger-mock-draft-2013/

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