Mar 23, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett attends NFL meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The weeks after the combine and lead up to the draft seem to bring out the General Manager in every football fan. Mock drafts flood the internet. Some wind up with several accurate picks. Others are wildly irrelevant.
There’s no science to drafting. If there was it wouldn’t have necessitated the Cleveland Browns taking five quarterbacks in the last ten years! Nevertheless they’re good fun and a chance to really look at a teams strengths and weaknesses while checking out the talent pool on offer.
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This week using the draft simulator on Fan Speak I’ve replaced Jerry Jones in the Dallas Cowboys war room, and taken part in several mocks. Fan Speak have a selection of different big boards to run the drafts from. I used Fan Speak, Draft Tv, Drafttek, Matt Miller and Mocking The Draft. While the other 31 teams’ picks were made from those boards I made each Cowboys pick.
I worked on the basis of the Cowboys not re-signing either Rolando McClain or Brandon Carr. Naturally this raises the need level for both the linebacker and cornerback position. The free agent signings of running back Darren McFadden and defensive end Greg Hardy certainly eased the desperation for the Cowboys to select players from those positions immediately.
Drafting strategies can vary from team to team, pick to pick, person to person. Personally I like to operate on a best player available policy. Unless you’re a team packed to the rafters with Pro Bowl players you can’t really go wrong. Why drive across town for a burger when there’s already a steak on the dinner table?
Let’s take a look at each draft.
Next: Mock 1: Safety First