The NFL Draft always has it’s twists and turns. But in my latest Dallas Cowboys seven round mock draft using the updated new “On The Clock” mock draft simulator over at fanspeak.com, I experienced one of the most craziest mocks I’ve seen this year. And the way things fell once the Cowboys were on the clock had me making some choices I’d never been faced with before. Therefore, I present to you one of the most insane mocks I’ve ever done. I’ve also included an attempt to explain my selections with most of these picks.
First round: No. 16 overall
My Selection: OT – JAKE MATTHEWS, TEXAS A&M
The first round had it’s share of big surprises. Cleveland took quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with the fourth overall pick. Linebacker Dee Ford went to Tampa Bay at number seven. Safety Jimmie Ward was taken by the Tennessee Titans at 11. And linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu was taken 13th overall by St. Louis. These crazy selections made top-five pick, Texas A&M’s offensive tackle Jake Matthews, fall right into our laps at #16. And with defensive tackle Aaron Donald already gone (Bears at 14), taking Matthews was a no-brainer. It would have been a much tougher choice if Donald was still on the board.
Although Matthews is listed at tackle, the Cowboys could move him over to guard. But more than likely, they’d move current starting right tackle Doug Free to guard instead (which they’ve experimented with before) and make Matthews our right tackle for the next ten years. Tyron Smith and him would then anchor one of the best offensive lines in the entire NFL.
Other options at #16 were: cornerback Darqueze Dennard, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, linebacker C.J. Mosley, defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, quarterback Johnny Manziel, defensive end Kony Ealy, and wide receiver Mike Evans.