2014 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys Take Best Player Available, A Receiver

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LANDRY HAT MOCK DRAFT LOGOIt’s been an argument between readers on our site, Dallas Cowboys fans, and general sports fans alike: Should your team draft for need or for talent? According to a poll conducted by The Landry Hat two months ago, 64% of our readers believed the team should draft to fill a need. But according to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, drafting solely on need can get you in hot water:

“Well, I think you get in a lot of trouble if you focus on one spot. I’m mean, you start targeting something and drafting for need. We all know that will get you in trouble. So, I don’t think it’s to anyone’s surprise that it’d be nice to come out of the draft, at some point, with a defensive front guy, defensive lineman or two. But no, I don’t think we can just say ‘Hey, we’re going to take the first two picks and that’s got to be defensive lineman.’ No. I think you get in trouble that way.”

The true answer is probably somewhere in-between need and talent. And it’s always a gut-wrenching decision either way. But with limited options in this mock at #16, I think the Cowboys have to simply close the door to need and draft the most talented player available. Even if that player is added to a position that the team considers already full.

In my fourth post-combine mock draft, I have tried my best to anticipate the selections by each club based on need, reviewing several different mock drafts and my general feel for each team. Here’s my newest first round mock draft plus my detailed explanation of the Cowboys pick. I’ve also included a quick analysis on the top ten picks as well.

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  • Old Frog

    Although I want O line with the early picks I could tolerate a WR if it were part of a plan to make Bryant redundant and avoid giving him a contract worth $70-80 million.

    • David

      Ok but who is going to play FS, DE and LB???? Or are shooting for last in the NFL in defense again.

  • David

    The only scenario I would be open to is them trading back a couple of slots and still getting Pryor.

  • Tate

    I like this honestly. I mean ofcourse moving back is the best option cause we’d have more picks but I’d prefer taking Evans over ealy at this point.
    There’s amazing d-line and safety’s from rd2-4. Shit Sam is predicted to go in the 5-7th that’s a steal for a DE that can get to the QB. But moving back is best and taking Pryor with out first pick and then some one like that Vanderbilt WR then grabbing jeffcoat next and loading up with other d-line after that. We have enough 7 rounders to add any depth or players with high potential

  • Draftmane

    Evans & Watkins are the only WR I would take”How Bout Dem Texas Boys” ; Dez,T.Will & Mike Evans!

  • Guy Smith

    There should be 2-3 options on defense available when we pick, so stop this wide receiver nonsense, look at last years second rounder, Escobar..He looks like a Bust, shoulda added a defensive player there too.