With only a couple of weeks before the NFL Draft, I take one last shot at building the future of the Dallas Cowboys.
Two weeks and two days.
That’s all that is left before the Dallas Cowboys enter the 2016 NFL draft, armed with nine picks over three days, in an effort to improve the talent on this roster and address needs not yet filled via free agency.
Over the last month, as teams have added free agents and draft boards have become more solidified, I have attempted to keep up with the times by offering the most realistic mock draft scenarios possible.
If you missed any of the previous articles, here’s what those ended up looking like.
At the beginning of March, I participated in a site wide mock draft where I ended up selecting UCLA linebacker Myles Jack with the fourth overall pick. I continued on the defensive side, using my second round choice on Houston cornerback William Jackson, III. In round three, I finally was able to address the need to rush the quarterback, choosing Baylor lineman Shawn Oakman.
Other picks included two more defensive backs (Virginia’s Maurice Canady and Alabama’s Cyrus Jones), a back up quarterback (Jeff Driskel from Louisiana Tech) and a backup running back (Tre Madden from USC), along with a couple of extra bodies on the defensive line, late in round six.
Three weeks ago, I focused on the entire first round for each NFL team but did include both of Dallas’ top two picks at fourth and thirty-fourth overall. In that mock, I had the Cowboys drafting Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa in round one along with Miami cornerback Artie Burns in round two.
Two weeks ago, I stayed with a defensive pick, selecting FSU cornerback Jalen Ramsey in round one. The need for a pass rusher was fulfilled in round two with Clemson’s Kevin Dodd. I went with another linebacker and another Trojan in Su’a Cravens in round three. I picked up another QB/RB combination with Ohio State’s Cardale Jones and Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon in round four.
The sixth round was once again used for flyers on the defensive side, selecting two linemen and a corner along with Southern Mississippi wide receiver Mike Thomas.
As you can see, I’m trying to address the biggest needs on this team (DL, CB, QB) while getting the best possible players at those positions.
Let’s see what the final mock attempt before the real draft brings.
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My first two picks were exactly the same as my last two. Ramsey fell to fourth overall which makes his selection a no-brainer. I believe today just as much as I did a month ago that he’s the best overall player in this draft. He fills a need and provides versatility. He also played in many big time games as a Seminole. There’s nothing more you could ask for here.
Dodd also was available in round two so I scooped him up again. There was the option to take Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah and if the Cowboys chose to do so over Dodd, I wouldn’t be mad but regardless, Dallas needs to get a pass rusher in their first two picks.
In round three, I had to push the panic button a little early to get Dixon. I really believe this kid could be amazing behind this line. He’s definitely one of the three or four best running backs in this draft, so I don’t think the third round is too early.
Round four produced possibly the steal of the draft as I was able to pick another defensive end in Illinois’ Jihad Ward and a guy who lives, eats and breathes football in Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright. Many scouts are calling him a Zach Thomas clone. All he did in college was produce at a high level and exhibit exceptional leadership skills. You can’t help but want a guy like that in a later round.
Finally with the four picks in round six, I took flyers on a couple of big cornerbacks (West Virginia’s Daryl Worley, who at 6’1″ and 205 lbs, ran a 4.54 in the forty-yard dash and Northern Iowa’s Deiondre’ Hall who at 6’2″ and 200 lbs, ran a 4.55) as well as quarterback (Driskell) and a wide receiver (Thomas).
Ultimately it’s another defensive heavy draft which is where the Cowboys need the most help. With Ramsey, Dodd and Wright the Cowboys would have a future contributor on every unit of the defense. If any of the other guys happen to become players, all of a sudden you have four guys from one draft helping lead this team in the future.
You would be hard pressed to find a Cowboys fan who wouldn’t take that in a heartbeat.
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