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According to NFL Spinzone, Cowboys Will Select A Defensive Tackle First


We are still seven weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft in May, but we are neck deep in mock drafts across the network. In NFL Spinzone’s latest mock, the Dallas Cowboys decide to select a defensive tackle despite having signed free agent gem Henry Melton. And despite the fact many draft boards number one option at that position, Aaron Donald, was already taken. Here’s their pick and explanation:

“In his first three seasons at Minnesota, Ra’Shede Hageman recorded 53 combined tackles, 11 tackles for loss and eight sacks. His season season, however, is where Hageman would get a chance to really prove himself to the NFL and NCAA. In his senior season at U of M as the 6’6″, 318-pound Hageman recorded 13.0 tackles for loss, 38 total tackles and two punt blocks for the Golden Gophers. When looking at the game tape from Hageman’s last game as a Minnesota Golden Gopher, you can obviously see Hageman’s patented bull-rush technique work in certain occasions. Because of Hageman’s presence in the middle of the field, runners are forced to go to the outside many of times and get stopped for minimal gain. Dallas without the services of DeMarcus Ware would love to have Hageman on their sidelines.”

The talk about Hageman has died down a lot since many mocks started back in January. Some even now have him dropping out of the first round. Pittsburgh’s Donald and Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan seem to be the defensive tackle flavor of the month in the Cowboys blogosphere. And with the signing of Melton, many believe Dallas would be better served looking elsewhere with their first pick. Other players available to the Cowboys during this mock were wideout Mike Evans, guard Zach Martin, linebacker C.J. Mosley and the aforementioned Jernigan. Any of these picks just might be a better option than Hageman, whom many believe could be had in the second round.

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  • David

    So again I dont get where these people come up with their draft picks and the lack of research they do. So these guys have them drafting Hageman to play the 1 tech oppoiste of Melton I am assuming. Unless Dallas and particularly Marinelli have a change in philosophy about where they value 1 tech’s I dont see it happening. Last year Marinelli nixed drafting Floyd for the exact same reason. And I will say this again why would Dallas draft a D-lineman with the 1st pick unless Barr falls to them and they plan to have him play at DE. Marinelli said he wants to have an 8 to 9 man rotation with the D-line so anyone they pick will most likely be a rotational player. They can not afford to draft a rotational player with huge needs at FS and LB as well.

    • PaulTX

      I’m with you David. NT needs to be a position of depth and keeping fresh legs on the field. I think Barr could be as good as Ware, both are more suited for a 3-4, but who cares? I’m thinking Ealy or Tuitt is more likely the pick. I do like Steve’s thoughts on Zach Martin; especially, knowing that he can start as Guard then move to RT next season. Cutting Free next season saves 7 million. And getting a starting Guard in the 2015 draft would be a lot easier than a Tackle. The OT position is deep in this draft, and I think it would be a mistake not to capitalize.

      My theory is that you will find as the DL improves, LB and FS won’t be such a glaring need anymore. Salary cap doesn’t allow you to have Pro-Bowlers at every position, but it would be nice. There’s a lot of holes to fill in this draft, and I do not think LB or FS is on my immediate list.

      • David

        I hear what you are saying Paul but in this pass happy NFL the Safeties particulary the FS is a huge position. I dont care how good the D-line is eventually and usually in the playoffs they will run into equally good O-lines and the safeties have to cover and make plays. Just look at the last SB. Manning broke the record for completions but that had no impact in the game because the safeties were all over the wr’s immediately and always in good position to make the tackle after short gains. The safeties also had turnovers in the game. The Cowboys safeties do hardly any of that and were constantly out of position and I think in the last two years have two picks. Both Ealy and Tuitt would be big reaches at 16. And in FA this year who were the first and highest paid guys off of the board. The safeties were right there. Im sorry bro but research the Tampa 2 system Marinelli runs. You will find there are 6 key positions. They are the 3 tech, pass rushing DE, Will and Mike LB’s, a cover corner and FS. Now you tell me but the biggest holes in that group is Will and FS. There is a reason they passed on Floyd last year and that is Marinelli told them not to draft him. Floyd was a 1 tech and that is a not a postion of value to draft in the 1st round.

        • PaulTX

          I agree Ealy and Tuitt would be reaches, so I think Dallas should trade back. The reason the safeties got big money is because it is a niche position with limited availability. I think in a draft deep in the heavies, you try to beef up the DL and OL. Certainly, we need a FS and ILB, but this is not the draft to do it in. Maybe if Pryor or Mosley is the best player available at #16. I’ll be happy as long as they don’t draft a WR, RB, CB, TE or NT is the 1st round. I wouldn’t agree with it, but I could understand drafting another DT3. I understand the Tampa 2 and the importance of Safeties, I just think this is a better draft for DE than S or ILB.

          • David

            Bro I hate to disagree with you but the Safety position is not a niche position in todays pass happy NFL.

          • PaulTX

            I’m saying there are few available players that can play it well.

          • David

            Thats because most are keeping their quality safeties. Buffalo did not want to pay Byrd and now NO may have the best safety tandem after Seattle’s..Lets put it this way if Seattle had Church and either Wilcox or Heath at safety in the SB instead of theirs I dont think they win that game. I think Manning would have carved them up..

          • PaulTX

            That’s a good point. Dallas is screwed up. FS has been a need since Woodson left, and instead of meeting needs, we’ve created more.

          • David

            I dont know if i can handle another year of horrible safety play haha..

          • PaulTX

            I’d trade Romo and our 2nd round pick to Houston for the 1st overall pick. Then trade the #1 and #16 pick to the Rams for #2 and #13. Let Orton take snaps this year, draft Manziel or Bortles at #2 (ride the bench this year) and best available at #13. Rebuild. Both Houston and the Rams want to trade their early picks. But that’s a huge hypothetical…

          • David

            Yeah no offense but there is no possible way that could happen. No one would trade for Romo and his contract. And honestly Dallas would take such a huge money hit if they traded him. And in all honestly Romo is not the problem with this team.. If you really want to make progress with this team they would fire JG and his horrible offensive philosophy and game management..

          • PaulTX

            I don’t think Romo is the problem so much as he is in his latter years. I was just joking about Manziel. I think our only hope is that Stephen Jones has a different vision than his father.

          • David

            Well I think they have made some positive steps this year. I mean in years past they would have pushed more money of Wares to keep him and hurt the club more later. But by releasing him they are saving 25 million over the next two years. They also let Hatcher walk which was a great decision. Basically they are choosing not to pay aging players who are declining in production or have only had one year of big money production like Hatcher. I think this is huge progress for the Jones family..They have also learned to build the O-line through the draft with 1st round picks in Smith and Frederick, instead of mid to late round draft picks and FA’s. Does this sound familiar in what I am preaching the FS position. haha

          • PaulTX

            I never liked Hatch. He did well in defense designed for him to do well. I like Ware, but agreed with the move. I’d really like to see them add a pro-bowl caliber Guard and replace Free with a decent RT. Free is way overpaid.

            You would think after Jimmie Johnson and Bill Parcells that JJ would have already known about building the O-line. It is just going to take a few years to fix.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Hageman is a late 20′s pick. At 16, in this order, Donald, Jernigan, Ealy, Mosley. All D players. Day 1 starters or significant contributors in 2014. Every position on D is a position of need when ranked 32 in the league and our annual injuries to key players.