Mock by Steven Mullenax, Editor
Analysis: I have to admit. I didn’t go into this draft wanting it to be so “defensive” heavy. But that’s simply how this mock unfolded. With Barr dropping down to us at #16, it was a no-brainier selection. Ford in the second round was a gift. And suddenly, I’d locked up my edge rushers for the next ten years. Easley dropping in the third was a mistake. One that I immediately pounced on. And Sutton was simply the most talented player on my board in the fourth. Knowing how much Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli likes to rotate in his players, the pick made sense.
Sam in the fifth round could be overkill. But again, he was the best player available at the time. If he turns out to be a quality defensive end, then you simply move Barr to outside linebacker and replace current starters Bruce Carter or Justin Durant.
Then the Cowboys start their long seventh round trek with the top fullback in the draft in Millard. Janis could be a big time receiver but he’ll be another Division II project. Bullough is a tough linebacker who would make a great back-up for Sean Lee. And someone I consider the “steal” of the draft is the safety Vereen out of Minnesota. This kid performed well at the scouting combine and he would be my immediate favorite to replace J.J. Wilcox as the Cowboys new starting safety.
Linsley and Urschel are simply attempts to hit late round homeruns with players most likely headed to undrafted free agency. But the latter could actual turn out to be more than just a quality back-up. Urschel is a super smart player with a hardworking mentality very similar to the Cowboys first pick from last year’s draft, center Travis Frederick.