Welcome to the final installment of an ongoing series focusing on potential draft picks for the Dallas Cowboys almost one month from now. In the previous three articles, we have discussed the possibilities of bringing in a new defensive end, linebacker and safety. If you missed any of these articles or would like to re-read them, here is a link to those columns:
Today, we’ll examine the rest of the options that will be on the table and discuss what Dallas might and should do when faced with these scenarios. Let’s start by taking a glimpse at what many prognosticators would have to agree is at the very least a fair attempt to guess how the draft will shake out.
Imagine, if you will, the 2014 NFL Draft shapes up something like this…
1.HOUSTON TEXANS – Blake Bortles QB – Central Florida
2.ST.LOUIS – Greg Robinson OT – Auburn
3.JACKSONVILLE – Jadeveon Clowney DE – South Carolina
4.CLEVELAND – Johnny Manziel QB – Texas A&M
5.OAKLAND – Sammy Watkins WR – Clemson
6.ATLANTA – Khalil Mack LB – Buffalo
7.TAMPA BAY – Jake Matthews OT – Texas A&M
8.MINNESOTA – Teddy Bridgewater QB – Louisville
9.BUFFALO – Taylor Lewan OT – Michigan
10.DETROIT – Darqueze Dennard CB – Michigan State
11.TENNESSEE – Anthony Barr LB – UCLA
12.N.Y. GIANTS – Aaron Donald DT – Pittsburgh
13.ST.LOUIS – Mike Evans WR – Texas A&M
14.CHICAGO - Hasean Clinton-Dix S – Alabama
15.PITTSBURGH - Justin Gilbert CB – Oklahoma State
With the draft shaping up like this, dream scenario choices like Barr, Donald and Clinton-Dix all go right before the Cowboys get their choice up to the podium but two solid options in C.J. Mosley and Calvin Pryor are still there. The option of trading down to draft defensive ends Kony Ealy or Dee Ford is still in play as well. Dallas could even shun the defense altogether and look at Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin or USC wide receiver Marqise Lee… but then Cowboys fans may start a riot that ends up as an angry mob outside Jerry Jones’ palatial estate.
Even if the draft goes in a few opposite ways, the Cowboys are still sitting in a decent position.