As is it’s nature, the hype surrounding the NFL Draft is now at an all-time high. And with it, comes the flurry of final mock drafts from across the internet and media networks. As for the Dallas Cowboys first pick, the guesses are all across the board. And that decisions will simply come down to what prospects are available when the Cowboys pick at No. 16.
Speaking of final mocks, the good folks over at Zoneblitz.com held their annual team blogger mock draft this last week. I was happy to participate as the Cowboys representative. Here’s my first round selection along with the explanation of the pick:
16) Dallas Cowboys – Taylor Lewan, OT – Michigan
Pick made by Steven Mullenax, editor of The Landry Hat (Twitter: @LandryHat)
“With their top three choices off the board (Barr, Donald, and Manziel) the Cowboys opt to address their offensive line by selecting Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan. The young prospect will start at right tackle for the Cowboys while Doug Free is moved to starting right guard replacing Mackenzy Bernadeau. This move gives Dallas a tackle-combo of Lewan and Tyron Smith for the next ten years. It also solidifies the interior of their line as Free joins left guard Ronald Leary and center Travis Frederick. This move also gives Dallas another year to draft an interior guard in case they elect not to re-sign Free, whose contract expires after 2014. The 30-year old has a history of inconsistent play and is only a year removed from being the most penalized lineman in the NFL. After nearly being released in 2013, Free returned to the Cowboys lineup after taking a drastic pay cut and proceeded to have one of the better seasons of his seven-year career.”