2014 Cowboys Cap Savings Mock Draft

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Round 1: Tackle/Guard Zack Martin, Notre Dame

Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 28, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zack Martin (70) blocks against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the second half of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankees Stadium. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won the game 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

When I watch Zack Martin, two things pop in my head; consistency and solid. And if the Cowboys board gets wiped out of defensive lineman, you could do a lot worse than Martin. A four year starter at Notre Dame, Martin could start at right guard on day one and eventually replace Doug Free at right tackle. If you haven’t had to a chance to see Martin, I encourage you to watch his game below against potential first round pick Trent Murphy which you can find below:

With the selection of Martin, the Cowboys could move on from Mackenzy Bernadeau, who has had an up and down career. Bernadeau  just turned 28 and could take a pay cut to become a backup. But Martin is a better guard right now would save the team a total of more than five million over the next two years. That cap savings almost could exclusively pay for a veteran defensive tackle via free agency.

CutMackenzy Bernadeau (June 1st Cut ) – Save 2,225,000 in 2014 and 3,250,000 in 2015.

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  • ctcowboy1968

    This draft would be a disaster. Numerous players cut would save no money. Taking a 5th round QB doesn’t cover the risk of Tony going down. I understand the Melton and Ware assumptions, but DL must be addressed in this draft.
    Martin would be a great addition playing G his first year, then moving to RT. Berny needs to be kept for back up purposes at G and C.

    • Lorenzo

      Aaron donald and Jackson jeffcoat in the first two rnds and Bring henry melton. Now we have a Front four. Draft a linebacke, safety , tackle, fullback, wide receiver, and another corner bc c w webb sucked this past year.

  • Old Frog

    I’ve always said, “give me a premier OG in the first two rounds and you can do whatever you want with the rest of the picks.” Zack Martin does that for me.

  • mattatencio93

    I completely disagree with every bit of this.

  • Delain J Johnson

    After some deep thought and afew reservations this isn’t sounding too bad. I know we really need to boost the defensive line. I think we’re okay with the rest of the defense. We would like to have a grade A superstar at each position, but not possible. Safety has been a point of concern, we’ve thrown money at that position for a while and have come up empty every time, except for Church. I’m thinking that the other Safety spot is on the roster. Another year of playing this scheme with Coach M as the new DC I’m counting on him to turn one of them into a servicable Safety. Linbackers are in the same boat, we have Lee, Carter took a step back, but that could be due to the new scheme, still have others on the team that can be servicable.
    For the Offense I would cut Parnell and have an open competition for the Offensive Line. Left Tackle and Center are set, but Left Guard, Right Guard and Tackle let them compete in training Camp. Cut Orton, we’re spending too much $ on that position, hopefully Orton will just retire so we can recoup some $. With a solid Offensive line lets bring in a cheaper option via the draft. Love the rest of the picks. Still have compesitory picks to pick up a few more players, but thinking analytically this strategy could work pretty well. Once Austin is cut work on resigning Bryant and Smith and keep a eye out for some bargain free agents that fill a need without breaking the bank.
    Round 1: Tackle/Guard Zack Martin, Notre Dame
    Round 2: WR Davante Adams, Fresno State
    Round 3: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
    Round 4: DT Cauran Reid, Princeton
    Round 5: QB David Fales, San Jose State
    Round 7: FB/HB Trey Millard, Oklahoma