Yes, it’s time.
Dallas Cowboys fans all over the world have already turned their attention to the offseason and its numerous predraft activities and evaluations. After all, this is the time when all NFL teams—takeaway the two Super Bowl participants—start looking to the future in hopes that next year will yield that which last year did not.
For Dallas, almost all of that hope rests in the upcoming NFL Draft in May.
What can Cowboys fans expect during the annual player selection meeting in New York City? Well, something similar to the following pages would offer major rays of hope for a franchise mired in mediocrity like never before—ever.
This mock intentionally avoids underclassmen, most of which have already declared their professional intentions for ’14 NFL regular season. I generally wait until after February’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis before including the rest of the crop of draft-eligible candidates.
I take owner and general manager Jerry Jones at his word, very cautiously I’ll add, that Dallas will not select the eventual replacement for starting quarterback Tony Romo. This could certainly happen but until we’re further down the road this offseason, this is how I’ll play it. I’m also steering clear of any speculation regarding the winner of the coin flip with the Baltimore Ravens, which will determine who picks at the 16th and 17th spots, respectively. Dallas could also end up with numerous compensatory selections since it stands to lose a few free agents, but I’ll hold off on projections there as well.
Finally, this mock represents obvious needs that the Cowboys have, by position. It doesn’t necessarily reflect best players available or trades and you won’t see much in the way of any skill position players this time around. For those eager to see an early safety, running back or more cornerbacks added to the roster, this may not be your favorite mock draft.
However, if Dallas follows a path similar to this one, its chances of landing in the NFL playoffs next year, even without any proposed expansion, will definitely go up.