2015 NFL Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys Select…


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The Cowboys are in desperate need for talent on the defensive side of the ball. And according to Sayre Bedinger, editor over at our sister site, NFL Mocks, that’s exactly what the Cowboys get in the first round of his 2015 NFL mock draft

With the 27th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select…

Arik Armstead, Defensive End, Oregon

"“The Cowboys get a big, athletic defensive lineman here who is better than his stats lead on. The Cowboys’ defense is really well coached already, so getting a guy with this kind of upside is a risk Jerry Jones can afford at this stage.”"

Drafting this late in the first round, many mock drafts have the Cowboys selecting a young, talented player who many consider a project. Is it insane for me to think your first round pick should be ready to play almost immediately?

Maybe I’ve been spoiled with the selection of guard Zack Martin last season, but to me a first round pick means starter…not a project. Armstead could be the exception to that rule.

Scouts’ Inc. ranked Armstead the 23rd best overall player in this draft. Physically, this underclassman is a beast measuring in at a whopping 6-7½ and 285 pounds. He racked up 34 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his final season at Oregon.

In Mel Kiper Jr’s first mock draft of the year, he has Armstead going 17th to the San Diego Chargers. Here’s what the 30-year draft guru had to say about the young prospect:

"“Analysis: While he’s listed at defensive end, the long and strong Armstead is probably better described as “freakish defensive lineman.” He has impressive quickness for a player who stands about 6-foot-8 and carries a lean 290 pounds, and the power is obvious, too, because when he plays with leverage and gets under the pads of blockers, he can simply take them backward. Armstead was at one time a potential star on the basketball court as well and still has plenty of raw elements to his game, but guys who are this big and this athletic can become really special with coaching. “"

With measurables like this, Cowboys fans might start thinking about players like Ed “Too Tall” Jones. And if Armstead could play anything like him, I’d be all for this pick.

One must always consider just how much of a project the player is. though  But one thing you can’t teach is size and ability. And this kid seems full of both.

I think the Cowboys and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli would love to land a player like Armstead. With the futures of defensive ends Anthony Spencer and George Selvie in limbo, this young rookie could easily win a starting role on this needy defensive line in 2015.

If you’d like to see the rest of Sayre Bedinger first round mock draft, click here.

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